At the Manger: The Stories of Those Who Were There

At the Manger: The Stories of Those Who Were There

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by Peter Orullian
     
 
Who were those who stood at the manger the night Jesus was born? What are their stories? What of the carpenter who built the manger? Or the midwife who helped Mary deliver the child? What is the origin of the swaddling clothes that wrapped the babe? At the Manger: The Stories of Those Who Were There is a collection of inspirational tales which poses possible answers

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Who were those who stood at the manger the night Jesus was born? What are their stories? What of the carpenter who built the manger? Or the midwife who helped Mary deliver the child? What is the origin of the swaddling clothes that wrapped the babe? At the Manger: The Stories of Those Who Were There is a collection of inspirational tales which poses possible answers to these questions.

Residents of Bethlehem and travelers from Rome alike, stand as witnesses in the stillness of the night to the profound, humble birth. Through their own trials, those blessed to be present at the Nativity are woven into a fabric of mutual dependence and ultimate redemption. And through great personal sacrifice, gifts are laid at the foot of the crib while the reciprocal treasures of liberation, peace, and love blossom in the hearts of the givers.

Experience the joy of Christmas by taking a journey back in time and partaking of the lives of those first to greet the newborn babe. At the Manger shares the gentle reminder that giving is an act of love, and ennobles us most when it is a gift of self.

Editorial Reviews

Orullian creatively and imaginatively paints fictional portraits of various Bethlehem citizens to create a larger picture of Bethlehem and the power of love.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The plot device that drives this collection is hardly new; just last Christmas, Max Lucado's One Incredible Moment adopted a similar approach of having the characters at the manger speak about their experiences in the first person. However, rarely has it been done as well as in Orullian's beautifully written anthology of loosely connected short stories. The book opens with the fable of Luke (no, not the Gospel writer), a down-on-his-luck carpenter whose wife convinces him to take a non-paying trial job doing a manger for a local innkeeper, just to demonstrate his skills. The manger becomes, of course, that manger, connecting Luke to the birth of Yeshua. The book succeeds because it imagines the interactions of non-biblical characters, rather than inserting tidy thought bubbles into the story for Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, etc. Here we are asked to conjecture how ordinary people might have responded to Yeshua's birth-and, by extension, how we would respond. (Oct. 21)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971290907
Publisher:
Descant Publishing
Publication date:
10/30/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.85(d)

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At the Manger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Orullian has succeeded in writing a connected series of short stories that will touch your heart. They articulate the harshness of the lives and time of the ordinary people that witnessed the birth of the Christ child. Through their own personal sacrifice they find redemption. "At the Manger" made me reflective and hopeful. It helped me put in perspective, the act of giving, is in fact, a gift of love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit I am not usually a reader of Christmas stories. In fact, I only picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend. Upon reading it, however, I found it to be a great read, with excellent writing and intriguing plotlines, brought together by the central event. I would definitely recommend this book for those who enjoy Christmas stories, as well as those who just enjoy a well written, well crafted read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you read one book this Christmas, this should be it. This book takes you on a journey through the sorrow and gut wrenching pain that life can bring, to the peace and healing the Savior offers. Be there as those who first saw the Christ child are transformed by His love and the miracle of His birth. I highly recommend this book. I guarantee you've never read a Christmas story quite like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book at a local bookstore and have since pre-ordered 2 more copies from Barnes and Noble to give as gifts this Christmas. It is a wonderful book with 12 different stories of people who were around or present at the time of Christ's birth. One of the stories about a carpenter named Luke, who crafts the manger the babe slept in, is interwoven throughout the book. It's a wonderful feeling to get to know these characters and the author paints them so vividly that you truely feel what they are feeling. The handmaiden, the watchman, the vintner and others, as well as my personal favorites - the beggar and the potter - are all wonderful characters with their own set of problems in life, that come to the realization that the baby boy born in a simple stable is truely the Messiah. I highly recommend the book to read(and to give as a gift to others) to bring you to the true spirit of Christmas.