The Expressive Creatrix (and Hobbyist)

Read 12/16/10 – 12/31/10.

I really enjoyed this book.  It’s the story of events just before the birth of Jesus.  It’s told from several points of view, which is probably why I liked it so much.  Books told from varying POVs intrigue me and keep the story fresh and interesting for me.  (Note: If you too like different POVs, try The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier.  It’s very good.)

The story begins with Mary and tells of the immaculate conception and her relationship with Joseph.  You also get the story from Joseph’s POV as well as Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist).  We also hear from each of the three “wise men” (the Magi), and they each have an interesting and unique tale.  Next we move on to in innkeeper in whose stable Jesus was born, one of the shephards visited by the host of angels, King Herod, and a couple of other lesser characters.  You get not only current events from these people, but also a brief recitation of their life stories. 

I liked it because it wasn’t overly holy or preachy.  It was all very real.  There are references to drinking, sex, violence, but all in a tactful way.  At first I was a bit underwhelmed by the ending. I thought it was a bit anti-climatic.  However, upon further reflection, the ending really is perfect.  The birth of Jesus, no matter the glory he eventually came into, was much like his life – much like all of our lives.  Ordinary, quiet, understated.  Although I was hoping for more of a “big bang” moment, the ending as is really is perfect.

Very highly recommended – especially at Christmas time.  Passing this one onto Scott.  Despite the fact we don’t often like the same books, I think he might like this one.

Check it out!

book cover of   How Far to Bethlehem   by  Norah Lofts


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