30 Day Giving Challenge – Tommy Nelson Giveaway

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It’s a heavy responsibility as a parent to instill generosity in our children’s lives. They watch our actions like hawks. They mimic our responses. They seem to see right through our motives and into our hearts.

However, it’s little shining moments like one that transpired today, that gives you hope and motivation to continue to attempt to impress their hearts.

I was feeling under the weather with a sinus infection (again) today, and Brad took the boys on some errands while I rested.  As they were eating cheese roll-ups, Brooks was complaining that he was still hungry. (I wonder how many times a day I hear my children complain about being hungry! These boys are bottomless pits these days!) Meanwhile half of his lunch was left untouched. Brad explained that he should eat the rest of his food, yet he again complained of being hungry a few minutes later.  Again, Brad repeated that he should eat more if he was hungry, but noticed that he had carefully and neatly wrapped a napkin around 1/2 of his roll-up and a chip.  When he asked him about it, he replied, “I’m going to give it to mama so she can feel all better.”

**(Excuse me while I try to bring my heart back to solid form after melting all over the place.)**

imageIt truly is more “blessed to give than receive”! (Acts 20:35) I love that Tommy Nelson has a book out that goes with this message. The King’s Christmas List* teaches children that the greatest gift of all is the gift of giving through the precious story of a little girl named Emma.  Emma was invited to the King’s birthday party, but on the way she learns about giving to those less fortunate.  She wonders what the King will think of her coming without a gift. After meeting the King, Emma discovers she gave the King exactly what he wanted.

Through the brand-new picture book from author Eldon Johnson, children and parents will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and that the greatest gifts we can offer to the Savior are gifts to the least of his brothers and sisters (based on Matthew 25:40). Families can then go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King through notable charities like BloodWater Mission and World Vision.

Isn’t this a perfect fit for The 30 Day Giving Challenge?

You can preview the pages of The King’s Christmas list and see the beautiful story and illustrations for yourself! Tommy Nelson has generously given The 30 Day Giving Challenge Team a copy to donate to the charity of our choice.  In addition they have provided a copy to giveaway plus $40 to donate to the winning family’s charity of choice from the book’s website. The 30-Day Giving Challenge is all about passing blessings along to others!

* To enter leave a comment about how you instill giving in your own children or others that you influence.

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This giveaway will end on Friday (11/5) at 9pm EST. The winner will be drawn using Random.org, and notified via email.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The King’s Christmas Gift to review and donate to my local charity. *Notes a link to an affiliate.

53 thoughts on "30 Day Giving Challenge – Tommy Nelson Giveaway"

  1. CHRISTINA says:

    I don’t have children, but i have a ton of nieces and nephews and they sure are quick to pick up what you do or say. I think the best way to teach anything is to lead by example!!!

  2. Suzy says:

    Our kids are not even 2 years old yet, but as they get a little older, I hope they’ll understand why we share meals with families who are in need because of illness, a new baby (or babies!), etc. And as soon as they understand money, we will of course be teaching them to tithe regularly. I can’t wait to read the other comments on here for more ideas.

    I really love the idea of this book … with our kids being born on Christmas Eve, I am trying to think of ways to emphasize the meaning of Christmas so that it doesn’t get lost in the birthday shuffle.

    Keep up with me, Ted, and our Fab Four at four-by-two.blogspot.com.

  3. kali says:

    My son is just 10 months old but I definitely want to instill a giving heart in him as he grows up…whether it’s Christmas shopping for a family in need or taking dinner to a new momma! Would love to win this book!

  4. kali says:

    I’m a 4tunate subscriber!

  5. kali says:

    I “like” tommy nelson on facebook

  6. danielle h says:

    Model, model, model!!!! I include my daughter when I make food and deliver to church members. She has helped us with Operation Christmas Child boxes. We have taken her to a homeless shelter to play with the kiddos. She has helped us with community outreach projects. We walk in our city’s festival parade with our church and hand out water & candy together. She has even worked our church booth and helped put temporary tattoos on visiting children. We work very hard to show her the importance of giving and she has a very big heart!

  7. danielle h says:

    i liked tommy on fb!

  8. Hilda T says:

    Although my daughter only 3 years old, I taught her how to share by giving away all her things that she no longer use.
    It’s NOT easy for a 3 years to understand the concept especially if she really ‘likes’ the thing.
    It had been such a wonderful learning process NOT only for her but for the whole family. Sometimes, we tend to cling on to things that we like ‘very much’ when in fact we don’t even use it anymore.

  9. Hilda T says:

    I already like Tommy Nelson on FB & follow via twitter

  10. Korigammon says:

    I try to teach my three year the importance of giving by helping him to share and be kind to his 17 month old brother. Also, when we make cookies or some other baked good I try to make extra and take it to a neighbor as often as possible. I make sure I involve my children with the baking and the giving. I’ve never read this book but the story kind of reminds me of the Good Samaritan from the New Testament that Jesus taught us. I subscribe to 4tunate.net and enjoy reading your sight almost daily. Thanks Jen.

  11. Kalee says:

    We don’t have children yet, but with our nieces and nephews we try and show what we want them to learn. Giving, caring for others.

  12. Kalee says:

    And I follow Tommy Nelson on facebook!

  13. angel says:

    I teach them what the Bible says. Just yesterday we were going through the Gospel for Asia Christmas catalog, and talking about how rich we are in comparison and how the Lord calls us to share with those who do not have.

  14. Chris says:

    Our children prepare shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We give to missions through our church. We also just look for needs of others and encourage our children to give from what they have.

  15. Jen says:

    We have tried to instill giving to our children through our modeling, as well as doing such things as Operation Christmas Child and having our child help pick out gifts for people. We are also really trying to instill tithing and offering in her at an early age with her money in her piggy bank.

  16. Jen says:

    I subscribe to 4tunate. :o)

  17. Brenda says:

    My son and I help at a Rescue Mission every year before Christmas, to help the Rescue Mission prepare toys for children that have one, if not both parents in jail, or that may be unable to gift there children with anything at Christmas. It’s great that my son is learning to help out those in need.

  18. Tina says:

    We do the Angel Tree at the Salvation Army.

  19. Elaine says:

    I’m a Nana and enjoy teaching my grandkids to share with each other.

  20. Lisa Collins says:

    I take the kids with me to make donations to the local girls and boys club. My daughter also started a book club and donates all her old books to the school library.

  21. Lisa Collins says:

    I like Tommy Nelson on Facebook.

  22. Brandi says:

    I instill the act of giving in my children by example. I always try to give cheerfully and with an open heart. I also teach them that money isn’t the only way you can give. We pick up garbage on our walks/outings. We bake extra meals for a sick neighbor or family at church. We volunteer our time at local charities as often as possible. Even a conversation can be a gift for someone who is lonely.

    I subscribed to your blog and like Tommy Nelson on Facebook. Thanks for being a part of the 30 days of giving!

  23. Eos Mom says:

    Sounds like a great book! Honestly, I’m probably not doing a great job at teaching my kids about giving. We’re pretty tightfisted with our money these days, due to the economy, so it’s something I should be more intentional about–thanks for the reminder! I think we’re going to do the shoebox thing for Operation Christmas Child this year and have the kids help put the boxes together.

  24. marina says:

    We’ve been teaching my 4 yr old that we don’t just throw out the clothes she outgrows, but we save them to pass on to someone who can use the same. The same with her toys, games and books. Our project during the 30 day giving challenge is to give these to the Salvation Army store

  25. marina says:

    Added you to my google reader

  26. marina says:

    I follow Tommy on twitter as ebmommy and on FB

  27. Teresa says:

    I like Tommy on FB.

  28. Teresa says:

    I just subscribed to your blog via email.

  29. karen s says:

    I ‘like’ Tommy on FBook. I’m loving the 30 day challenge. Thanks for helping get this together. Bless you.

  30. Cindy says:

    I teach kindergarten and one of our Christmas Projects is to make a gift for a child they know. I have done puzzles before that they can color and cut out and we’ve also made books for younger kids like number books, alphabet books, etc. When they are finished we wrap the gift and they tell who they are planning to give it to.

  31. Sallie says:

    I subscribe and LOVE it!

  32. Diane Rice says:

    Christmas has always been the best teaching time for us. The Salvation Army bell ringers stand out most. Even when I have given at several locations – my kids would be horrified if we passed one up. No matter how much or little I always gave them something to put in the pot.

  33. Diane Rice says:

    “like” Tommy Nelson on facebook

  34. Diane Rice says:

    already a subscriber :)

  35. Lesley says:

    Subscribe to 4tunate through google reader.

  36. Lesley says:

    We help our local foodbank. It’s important to us to help people who live in our community and teach our children that everyone matters.

  37. Lesley says:

    Like Tommy Nelson on Facebook

  38. Suzy says:

    Oh, I didn’t know a Google Reader subscription counted as an entry. I’m a longtime subscriber! :)

    Keep up with me, Ted, and our Fab Four at four-by-two.blogspot.com.

  39. Robin L says:

    My daughter is only 1 but starting next year I plan to have her go through all her toys at least twice a year to identify items that she can donate to needy children.

  40. Carrie says:

    Help teach youth by showing them all the different things they can do, and leading by example.

  41. Carrie says:

    Liked Tommy Nelson on FB

  42. Carrie says:

    Subscribed via Google Reader.

  43. Kaira says:

    We like to give – it blesses us. We share with our kids that we have a responsibility to give because we have much. We try to teach by example and we have many discussions about those less fortunate than ourselves. Compassion is key.

  44. Danielle says:

    My son has been chronically ill, and because of that he has been so sympathetic to other children. We make cards and send them to whoever we hear is sick. He also likes to share his toys to help keep kids happier when they are in the hospital. He brings some of his quieter toys that are easy to play with while you are in bed.

  45. sarah Thompson says:

    We let are girls know how important is by leading be example but also by talking about it and putting it into action. Right now we are have been having them help us with operation Christmas child.

  46. Sarah Thompson says:

    I am a subscriber!

  47. sarah Thompson says:

    I liked him on FB!

  48. sarah Thompson says:

    Following on twitter.

  49. Lindsay says:

    I try to teach them by example. They love to see the smiles on people we reach out to, which makes them want to give even more often.

  50. Lindsay says:

    I subscribe to 4tunate!

  51. Lindsay says:

    I like Tommy on FB!

  52. Amy says:

    I like encouraging my children to give by giving right alongside them! They are full of spontanous ideas for giving to others and we go with those ideas as best as we can, like baking cookies for neighbors or rounding up food for the Food Pantry!

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