Children's Book Review: The Innkeeper's Journal by Raymond McHenry

The Innkeeper's Journal by Raymond McHenry book review

I am so excited to present to you today, an adorable Christmas children’s book - The Innkeeper’s Journal. Below you will find more about the book and a sneak peek of some pages from inside the book.

The Synopsis:

What if the innkeeper's storyline continued long after that unforgettable night in Bethlehem? What if his experience with Jesus helps us better understand the real meaning of Christmas? The Innkeeper's Journal only takes ten minutes to read, but it may permanently change the way you look at the Christmas story. 
This fictional story builds on Luke's historical footnote and envisions what might have happened if the innkeeper had more than one chance encounter with Christ on that Bethlehem night made famous by every nativity set. What if his entire life was affected more than we've ever imagined? 

We generally remember the basic details surrounding Jesus' birth, but that common familiarity can hinder our understanding of what Christmas is all about. The innkeeper character McHenry has named Jedidiah allows us to see the greater scope and purpose of Christ's coming to Earth. 

  • Genre: Children’s Fiction/Christmas Fiction

  • Published: 10/2018

  • Publisher: In Other Words International 

  • Pages: 72

The Innkeeper's Journal Raymond McHenry

The layout of this book is easy to read and I appreciated that each page had only a paragraph or two. This is great for kids because they will be able to stay focused on the story.

The Inkeeper's Journal Raymond McHenry

The artwork (painted by Matthew Chandler) is absolutely charming! I love how the artwork is unique and not something I have seen before in Children’s books. And each page has a unique artwork piece by Matthew!

Also included in the back of the book are discussion questions and a journal section. This is great for parents who want to discuss the Bible and story with their kids and then journal their thoughts together. When I thought of this, I thought it would be a great way for a child to look back at their journal entries when their older. It will remind them of a time when their parents read to them, and that always make someone feel loved and warm!

My overall thoughts:

This children’s book is absolutely adorable and the perfect Christmas story for I would say ages 5-8. It’s a great way for children to learn more about Jesus’ birth and discuss how it’s important. It’s a way for them to learn the true meaning of Christmas. I love when books can do that! It would also make the perfect gift this season. I think any child who loves to read will absolutely cherish this book.

About The Author

raymond mchenry

Dr. McHenry has been the senior pastor of Westgate Memorial Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas since 1998. Previously he was the pastor of Gulf Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, Texas from 1987 to 1998.

Pastor McHenry grew up in Arizona and graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. His Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees were both earned at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Additional training was taken in Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas and Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Raymond and Michelle McHenry have two children. Their youngest, Myles, owns his own company. Meagan is married to Ben Lacey and they have two daughters. 

Connect with Raymond:

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You can purchase the book ——> HERE

Do you also love reading Children’s books as adults? They always make me smile!

the caffeinated bibliophile

NOTE: I was sent a copy of this book to review by the publisher. All opinions and photos are my own.

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