11/10/12

The Sparkle Box - Review and Giveaway

I've just finished reading The Sparkle Box, a children's book that truly touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. If you have a child, a grandchild, or even know a family with a child, I strongly recommend you give this book to them. It is truly a gift with the power to change Christmas for your children. The book comes with a sparkle box, so your family can begin this fabulous tradition. Even though my own children are nearly grown, I will definitely be filling my sparkle box every year.
The Sparkle Box is a beautifully written story about a young boy dreaming of Christmas. He sees the sparkle box in his home and asks his mom about it. She tells him they will open it on Christmas morning, but that they are filling it in the next few weeks. As they continue in their preparations for Christmas, Sam goes with his mom to help donate food and blankets. On a walk with his mother, they see a homeless man on a bench and he learns that some people have no home. At his father's work-sponsored holiday party, he learns that his family helped donate a clean water well to children who have none. Later we see Sam choose to donate something of his own to a stranger.
On Christmas morning, Sam is excited to see the gifts under the tree. He is excited to see the sparkle box there. The family opens the sparkle box together and Sam finds slips of paper inside, each one recording the good deeds they did for others in the spirit of Christmas, and in Jesus' honor because he gave us the greatest gift of all. I got goosebumps reading this book! It teaches children the real meaning of Christmas and I know that author Jill Hardie will bless hearts across the world with this story. 
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
You can visit the website HERE and view a book trailer HERE. You can purchase The Sparkle Box at the link below. One lucky US reader will also win The Sparkle Box. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 11/20/2012. To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form below!
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54 comments:

  1. I have a few long distant friends that are shut-in and I bake cookies, cakes, etc. and send them so they can enjoy the tradition of sweets for the holidays.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  2. Hi Lisa, Thank you for your touching review! I love that you are planning on filling a Sparkle Box every year. A number of adults I know who don't have children in the home have filled a box and told me how meaningful it's been for them, so it's truly a tradition anyone can participate in! The most emotional reactions to the book are from adults. (Many happy tears!) I wanted to let you know there is a website www.TheSparkleBox.com that has a lot of great ideas and free printables including a coloring page, Sparkle Jar for Jesus craft and more. Thanks again for the review and God bless you! --Jill Hardie

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  3. We are going to go to a food pantry and help out.

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  4. We donate food to a local family in need

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  5. We invite lots of neighbors and friends for dinner that we have not seen all year and who may be alone on Christmas and Thanksgiving!
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  6. We give to troops overseas and volunteer with church for helping various organizations throughout the community.

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  7. we adopt 2 kids every year aroudn teh ages of my kids and i let my kids help selsct items for them and we also adopt a solider over seas and send weekly letters and monthly packages- i love the idea of this story :)

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  8. I'll give our UPS and USPS guys some gifts for them and their little kiddos. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I always pick a couple of names off the "Angel" tree and do a shoebox

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  10. we volunteer as a family every year!

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  11. i donate toys and baby items to the church

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  12. We go and buy a lot of toys for Toys for Tots and also our local Mission.

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  13. My sister does Shoebox for Christmas. I've been giving blankets,socks,tooth brushes,deodorant,beenies and hats to a homeless organization here in the city where I live.I think it's so important to give during the holidays because there's so many people who have nothing.I'm on disability but I consider myself blessed.I have a warm apt and warm clothes.It breaks my heart to see women with kids out in the cold.God wants us all to help all year but more so on holidays.
    Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

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  14. toys for tots and donate to our church

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  15. We always pick names off of the Angel trees... and donate to the salvation army kettle every time we pass one :) This year will be a little more slim than years past, but we still do as much as we can, even if it is just taking plates of cookies to the housebound neighbors...

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  16. We always make donations to families in need!

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  17. we will make gifts for all of our neighbors to let them know how much we appreciate living near them!

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  18. we have toys to give either adopting a child or to toys for tots

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  19. We invite people to our home who have no where else to go.

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Giving away used clothing to friends in need

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  21. We participate in Operation Christmas Child, Soles for Souls, and Coats for a Cause. We also try to make sure we give to the local toy drives and give until we're empty. Only then can we be truly filled! God bless all of you for the CHRISTmas season.

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  22. We're doing toys for tots this year, and we always donate food.

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  23. We like to pick a couple ornaments of the giving tree at our church. Then we pick out what the requests are on each ornament so that they can be donated to those who are in need this season.

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  24. Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

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  25. We are going to denver to see the spactaculat christmas lights

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  26. We are donating new, unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots for kids in need!

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  27. Ok-- we always do the Operation Christmas Child-- Shoe Box--its through our church, but our family picks a goal of how many boxes we can do a year--Teen boys have been our hardest-- but we fill boxes all year long. We missed our goal this year by 2-- we only had 26 boxes. But it was ok I'm proud of my family for this,hopefully we will do as well this next year--thanks for asking

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  28. every year is diff but we give year around

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  29. we usually put coats , scarfs n hats together , dry goods and drop them off at the shelter,

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  30. We always donate toys

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  31. We donate new unwrapped toys to a charity.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. We did 5 operation christmas child shoeboxes,3 food drives, and angel tree prison fellowship christmas children. Also donating clothing to those in need
    marypopmom (at) yahoo.com

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  33. im collecting toys for tots and donated food to scorosis club

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  34. We donate new toys to the local toy drive, make a cash donation to the Mission for Christmas dinners for people in need, we have given our items for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and we also take treats, toys and food down to our local animal shelter. I love the holidays!! : )

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  35. We donate toys to the local Children's hospital and make blankets for them also.

    bergiejrfhe at yahoo dot com

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  36. We do angels from the tree at church

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  37. We donated some toys and are also making a donation to our church's food pantry. This sounds like a great book and a great tradition.

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  38. We donate to our local food pantry.

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  39. we will donate toys and clothes

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  40. We are donating food and clothing to families in need.

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  41. Nicole Lancaster11/20/12, 2:05 AM

    My family does Operation Christmas Child and I crochet blankets to give to low income seniors at various nursing homes and I make all the baked goods for their Christmas party and for the Foster Care Christmas party.

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  42. We help with our community food & coat drive.

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  43. We assist at the local food bank!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  44. we donate new toys to toys for tots

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  45. We donate new toys, clothing and food

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  46. we will pick a child off the tree at church and buy for them
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  47. We volunteer for food trucks

    email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  48. We don't have much so we aren't able to help others, but we go to the nursing home and sing Christmas Carols for the elderly and chat with them and play games for a couple of hours. The elderly love it!!!

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  49. my children and I make and send Christmas cards to random soldiers over seas. We also weed out our closets and take the little sized stuff to people in my town in need instead of to goodwill so they can get them free.

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