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Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    I thought this was a very touching book, and a very cute story

    I thought this was a very touching book, and a very cute story for kids. It was a quick read, only 170 pages, but that was plenty of time to get the point across. The events of the book take place in the days before Christmas. In the first part of the book we get to know Jared, the 13-year old street kid from the wrong side of the tracks, whose father disappeared on Christmas Eve the year before, and Sarah, the 11-year old spoiled rich girl, who lives in the mansion on the hill, who lost her mother when she was only 5 years old to a drunk driver. She has everything she could possibly want, except for any type of affection in her life. Her father is too busy to have anything to do with her, and the servants merely tolerate her. Enter Nicholas, who comes to her house to apply for the job of her "nanny", even though the job hasn't been posted yet. The housekeeper takes an instant dislike to him, but Sarah is curious about this odd little man who can make umbrellas appear out of thin air and who says he is the real Santa, and she begs her father to let him stay. This sets in motion a course that will change her life, as well as Jared's, for better or worse.

    I loved the message of this book, and I especially like how Santa got his amazing powers from God and through prayer. When Nicholas meets Sarah and Jared, they are both so jaded that they don't believe in Santa at all, and they are questioning their belief in God as well. When everything comes to a head one night, Nicholas whisks the kids away to Bethlehem on the night of Jesus' birth so they can witness the miracle themselves. I think this would be a great book to discuss with your kids at Christmastime.

    In summary, I really enjoyed this book and think it has a great message, for adults and kids alike. :D

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Sweet Story with a Wonderful Message

    As soon as I turned the last page of Mary¿s Son, I couldn¿t wait to write and post this review. What a wonderful story!

    Mary¿s Son is about a teenager, Jared Roberts. He has a chip on his shoulder, thinks the world owes him something for the misfortune that has landed in his lap, and he is one angry teenager¿especially at the Stone family. He thinks they are responsible for his father¿s disappearance, his family¿s misfortune, and he is determined that they pay. With a group of his friends in tow, he sets his sights on the Stone mansion, determined to take a little of what he feels he deserves.

    Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is just as angry. She is surrounded by wealth and material things ¿ but with a household of servants at her disposal, and anything that money can buy, she is still the loneliest girl in the world. She would trade it all for just a bit of attention from her father, but since she doesn¿t have it, she takes it out on everyone around her.

    A brat and a brawler, both too absorbed in themselves to see the world around them, that is until Nicholas arrives. Nicholas, the sweet old man that looks suspiciously like Santa Claus, sweeps into their lives and tries to divert them from the destructive path that they are on. But the too refuse to change, and Nicholas must take them back in time to the first Christmas, before it is too late.

    What a beautiful story for tweens, teens and adults alike! The two kids will frustrate you and break your heart at the same time. And the message is one we should hear, not just during Christmas, but all year round. It is a poignant reminder that everyone has a story, and if we just look a little closer (not just on the surface), we will find a heart yearning for love ¿ God¿s love.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    A great family book

    I love this book so much I gave it to my mother's caregiver. He read it in one sitting and asked me if he could share it with his mother. The book is still being passed on. This book of Christ's lover and transformation is a great read. A must-have for all families.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Mary's Son is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    About the true meaning of Christmas

    Mary's Son is a warm, moving story about the true meaning of Christmas, beautifully delivered by the author It's primarily written for teens but can be appreciated by adults as well. It puts Christmas firmly within its Christian context and takes the reader on some unexpected twists with dickensian echos. Very satisfying and I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Truly Awesome Read!

    An amazing story about the true meaning of Christmas! A combination of superior writing and touching literary moments make this a tale for generations to come. Author, Darryl Nyznyk reminds us of the importance of Christmas as he takes you on a beautiful journey of laughter, tears, lessons and revelations. Haven't enjoyed a story as much as this since "It's a wonderful life." I'm giving this book as a Christmas gift to all my family and friends!!

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