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Jacob's Gift

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  473 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews

Jacob is a young boy with a gift for carpentry who is busy finishing up a project for a contest. His teacher, Rabbi Simeon, not only instructs him in carpentry, but also teaches him important lessons about God. Rabbi has just taught Jacob that when you give a gift to one of God's children, it's like giving a gift to God. The night before the contest while working on his pr

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1998 by Thomas Nelson
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Nov 07, 2009 Sandi rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for Christmas stories for young people and this one makes me cry every time I read it. It reminds me of that song, "The Little Drummer Boy".
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Dec 05, 2009 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Jacob has a true gift for woodworking and a desire to please his Rabbi and God. One quiet night, Jacob sees a beautiful star and is drawn to a nearby stable. What he observes changes him and his perspective forever. When he realizes this new baby has no place to sleep, he gives his manger to the new family.

A beautiful story about the birth of Jesus Christ from an unusual perspective. I love rereading this story each year, and I love watching my boys read it. The illustrations are simple and the
Mar 26, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
Jacob's Gift is about a young boy who wants to help the Rabbi. The Rabbi tells all his apprentice's that the person who makes the best project can help him work on the synagogue. Jacob does his best to get the job, and creates a manger with wheels. However, the night before the Rabbi is to choose the best project, he finds out that Mary and Joseph just had their baby in his Father's stable. He wants the baby to be comfortable, and so decides to give him his manger. When the Rabbi finds out, he i ...more
Dec 24, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
I would give at least two and a half stars to this book, and my leaning is toward the full three.
There are several surprising twists in this Christmas tale, especially for a short picture book. Max Lucado blends together into a cogent storyline one of history's most famously pivotal nights, and a boy's need to feel that he belongs in this world, and the combination becomes something very special and surprising, in many ways the perfect historical fiction Christmas narrative.
The writing is sur
Jan 14, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
This was a very adorable, very heartwarming retelling of the Christmas story from the point of view of the innkeeper's son. A simple story with the good, relatable message that sharing what we have with others pays back dividends in the end.
Devi Barcena
Feb 12, 2015 Devi Barcena rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
It has the same theme with The Crippled Lamb. I just find this too mouthy for read-aloud and too lengthy for a 2 year old audience. A great read for older kids about perseverance and sharing of talents.
Alexa Maring
Apr 10, 2011 Alexa Maring rated it it was amazing
Beautiful words, with beautiful pictures to share a wonderful story. This book may not necessarily be appropriate for a public school read aloud based on its religious foundation, but the theme behind the words is one that is important for all ages. We are all given talents, but what we do with those talents are what make them all the more special. It is important for people of all ages to hear this moral, we are given gifts to give to others. It brings people happiness and kindness will spread. ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing
A great book for children at Christmas to share the Spirit of the humility of Jesus and a little help from Jacob. Ages -6-9
A gifted child, who is picked on by others, builds a new trough for the baby Jesus.
Apr 27, 2016 Danette rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
To Lydia on the birth of her 2nd brother, Lincoln. From Uncle Duane and Aunt Sarah Howard.

Kim Hampton
Dec 30, 2014 Kim Hampton rated it it was amazing
A beautiful Christmas story that is good for all ages. It made me cry!
Cynthia Egbert
Dec 26, 2014 Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it
Didn't really grab me but a sweet story nonetheless.
A lovely story with beautiful, full-page illustrations, Jacob's Gift teaches a good lesson about giving and where skills come from. It also shows a different perspective on the birth of Jesus. A good family story, particularly around Christmas.

Note: Some editions come with the movie made based on the book. In the movie, some of the children are mean and pick on Jacob, destroying some of his work. Jacob shows irritation and impatience. His sister has a doll, which the Jews believed were forbidden
Jan 05, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
Read to me on Christmas day by my boyfriend's father. This is a tradition they have; every year, Dad reads a Christmas story to the kids before opening gifts. This was a lovely tale of a carpenter's apprentice who gives his big project to a little baby who needs a place to sleep. It encourages giving gifts to others because God gives gifts to us.
Jul 12, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of a young boy who learns that when you open your heart extraordinary things can happen.

I thought this was a real sweet book, Max Lucado is really so good at making a simple story portray a profound truth.

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Dec 17, 2010 Garrett rated it it was amazing
Read this to the kids last night. It is a nice little story about a boy who is learning to be a carpenter. He wakes one night to see the Star of Bethlehem, follows the light, and sees the baby Jesus on the hay without a bed (or manger).
Dec 12, 2008 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Jacob is a wonderfull wood maker for only a young man. He gets a chance to share's his gifts with the baby Jesus. I loved this book.
Nov 06, 2013 Vivi rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, owned
This book reminds me of "the tale of three trees" in how the story linked with the birth of baby Jesus. Another Christmas book collection!
Dec 18, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, age-4
Good for focusing on the giving of Christmas-serve others = serve God. And the story tied into the nativity story.
Mar 16, 2013 Laurie rated it it was amazing
One of our family Christmas favorites, beautiful illustrations and a deeply moving message - perfect for a family read-aloud
Nov 30, 2011 Alena rated it it was amazing
"When you give a gift to one of God's children, you give a gift to God."
Dec 17, 2011 Sanz rated it it was ok
I didn't care much for the illustrations and the story was a little blah.
Jan 01, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
Another great Christmas story to read with the family, For older kids, 7+.
Sara Harrison
May 06, 2015 Sara Harrison rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
A little heavy handed, but a nice theme and conclusion.
Re-read for blog post. Beautiful story about giving.
Nov 30, 2012 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jodie by: Marty
Shelves: wishlist
Cute story with a different perspective.
Feb 24, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
OMG I love this book it is great u should read it
Dec 10, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Recommended to Molly by: Pinterest
Shelves: christmas
Not my favorite, but a nice story.
Jul 26, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Cute Christmas story!
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Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, ...more
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