God’s Great Gifts (& a Christmas Giveaway)

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about an artisan named Bezalel. I may not be able to pronounce the man’s name, but in the book of Exodus, God gave Bezalel wisdom, knowledge and the ability to make beautiful art. Then God used this man’s talents to design a tabernacle—the very place where God dwelled.

God delights in giving all of His children gifts like this—and He gives the greatest gifts, doesn’t he? Ones that are so much more valuable than what we can buy online this Christmas or at the mall. Gifts that fill us with joy. Gifts we can use to bless others and demonstrate His glory, power, and grace.

Has God given you the gift of hospitality? Are you a seamstress? A poet? A photographer? Has He blessed you with the ability to create art like Bezalel? Some of you are teachers. Others are great with numbers or making crafts or loving people in need.

God has given me a passion for writing stories, and it is such an honor to share my stories with you this season. On Christmas Eve, I’ll be giving away a novel to ten readers. The winners can choose which novel they’d like to receive—Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, Chateau of Secrets, Courier of Caswell Hall, Where the Trail Ends, or one of my older books at this link.

To enter this Christmas Eve giveaway, you can either fill out the submission form below

or leave a comment by clicking the comment icon at the top of this post.

As you enjoy giving and receiving gifts with friends and family this Christmas, I hope you’re able to delight in the gifts God has given you as well!

I’m so grateful for each of you.

With joy,

~Melanie

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  • Deanna Stevens

    May your holidays be blessed!
    Merry Christmas!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Deanna! I hope you have a Merry Christmas too.

  • Peg Fornefelt

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Peg! Merry Christmas.

  • Beth

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win, Melanie!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Beth! Merry Christmas.

  • Kathryn Voss

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

    • Melanie Dobson

      You are most welcome! Thank you.

  • Janet Estridge

    I’ve always been told that my gift is service, maybe that is the reason I am so tired all the time.
    Thanks for entering me in your Christmas giveaway.

    • Melanie Dobson

      Oh, that’s a wonderful gift! Thank you for entering, Janet. Merry Christmas.

  • Sparksofember

    Mine is service, too, so I have a hard time saying no to people! Merry Christmas!

    • Melanie Dobson

      That’s a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  • Donna Tyler

    Merry Christmas, Melanie. God has given you a great talent for writing and I wait patiently for the release of each book and try to buy at least one for my Mom and me and one for my library if they are not ordering it.

    • Melanie Dobson

      Oh, thank you so much, Donna. I really appreciate it! God bless you and your family.

  • Johnette

    Merry Christmas, Melanie! I haven’t read one of your books before. I appreciate this opportunity! God bless

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks for entering, Johnette! Many blessings, ~Melanie

  • Quilt Lady

    Merry Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well.

  • angela

    I would love to win.

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks for entering, Angela!

  • Audrey

    Have a blessed Christmas season.

    • Melanie Dobson

      You too, Audrey! Thank you.

  • Cheryl Baranski

    Merry Christmas to all!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Cheryl! I hope you have a Merry Christmas too.

  • Karen Lange

    Blessings to you and your family! Thank you for offering the giveaway! 🙂

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Karen! God bless you and your family as well.

    • Melanie Dobson

      You won a book! Please pick one from the “Books” tab above and email it to me along with your address. Merry Christmas!!

  • Becca bozarth

    Hi Melanie! Gosh we miss you and your sweet family, hope you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas advent season!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Becca Bozarth

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Becca! We sure miss you and your family too. Merry Christmas and much love from Oregon, ~Melanie

  • Caryl Kane

    MERRY CHRISTMAS MELANIE!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Caryl! I hope you have a Merry Christmas too.

  • Marilyn Vandivier

    Hope you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas. Thank you for your contest. Blessings

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Marilyn! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too.

  • Wendy

    Thanks for offering this contest.

    • Melanie Dobson

      It’s my pleasure! Thank you, Wendy.

    • Melanie Dobson

      Hi Wendy. You won a book! Please pick one from the “Books” tab above and email it to me along with your address. Merry Christmas!!

  • Beverly Duell-Moore

    Merry Christmas! Love your books! can’t wait for the new ones you mentioned above.

    • Melanie Dobson

      Oh, thank you so much, Beverly. I’m having fun writing these books. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Linda McFarland

    Love To Win……………………………….love your awesome books

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Linda!!

  • Sharon Bryant

    Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
    Conway, SC.

    • Melanie Dobson

      It’s my pleasure! Thank you for participating, Sharon. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well!!

  • Sonia

    I’m grateful for having found such a talented writer. Your stories are the best! I also love that you add how you came about writing each book…the places you traveled to, YOUR experience as you visted, the things you imagined. It opened up a whole new “world” for us readers….well, maybe I should say for me, but I don’t think many of your other readers would deny it either. I’ll have to get a copy of one of your older books. I came across the Black Cloister and I am intrigued by the description. Other than that, I am pretty much caught up! Thank you for continuing to share your imagination with us! God bless you and your family with love and happiness always 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Oh, thank you so much, Sonia! I’m glad you enjoy reading the “story behind the story.” 🙂 I leave for California in a few days to research for my next one–Strangers in the Shadowland. I’m excited to dive in.

      I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas as well! Thanks again, ~Melanie

  • Laurie Timberlake

    Merry Christmas to you and your family:)

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Laurie! I hope you guys have an amazing Christmas too.

  • Tina

    I wish you a blessed Christmas!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Tina! I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas as well.

  • Mary Preston

    I have always worked with children; as a nurse and as a teacher. It’s a calling.

    Merry Christmas!!

    • Melanie Dobson

      I love that, Mary! Thank you for sharing. That is definitely a gift and calling.

      Merry Christmas to you too!!

  • Patricia Blackmon

    Merry Christmas and Blessings to You and Yours!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Patricia. Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Donna EHD

    I sometimes wonder what my gift is, but I’m so appreciative of the gifts of others. Writers, musicians, artists of every kind are such a blessing to me and to the world — so I thank you, and I do thank God that he has blessed those who create.

    Wishing you and yours the most blessed of Christmases.

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Donna! I think encouragement is one of your gifts. 🙂 I really appreciate your kind words and heart of gratefulness. God bless you and your family this Christmas, ~Melanie

  • Shantelle

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for the giveaway! And I’m looking forward to reading your novels; I read The Reluctant Runaway from The Westward Christmas Brides collections, and quite enjoyed it! 🙂

    • Melanie Dobson

      Oh, that’s so great that you read “The Reluctant Runaway”! Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad you enjoyed the story–it was a fun one for me to write too. 🙂

  • Kristen

    I have loved your books – your writing truly moves me! It gives me all the feels and I have been known to cry a river or lake while reading them! Merry Christmas Melanie!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Kristen. I’m glad you feel the emotion of the characters, but I’m sorry about the tears. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well. Blessings, ~Melanie

  • Sonja Nishimoto

    I especially love getting thoughtful gifts to my grandchildren. I love the excitement of this time of year and everything that accompanies it. I love your books. I hope to be able to have a little chance of winning. Merry Christmas!

    • Melanie Dobson

      I love that, Sonja! Thank you for sharing about your grandchildren and really appreciate your kind words about my books as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family,

  • Verna Hall

    I have to admit, The Chateau of Secrets is the only book by you that I’ve read. I’m not even finished reading it yet, but I am really enjoying it.I wanted to know more about the author so that’s why I am here. I will definitely be reading more of your books. I love the way you remind your fans of their special gifts. Mine is Art.
    God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Melanie Dobson

      I’m so glad you are enjoying “Chateau of Secrets,” Verna! Thank you for sharing about your gift.

      If you enjoy art, you might like the “Shadows of Ladenbrooke” story too. And, if you have time, I’d love to display a butterfly you paint/draw/sketch in my Butterfly Art Gallery (created for the Ladenbrooke novel) found here: http://melaniedobson.com/butterfly-gallery/

      . God bless, ~Melanie

  • Melanie Dobson

    I’m so pleased to announce the winners of this Christmas giveaway. They are Stephanie, Gina M., Beth G, Jan, Mary B., Shane, Virginia, Karen H,. Karen L, and Wendy. Merry Christmas Eve!