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Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas
     

Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas

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by Darryl Nyznyk
 

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Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is lonely in a mansion amidst butlers, nannies, housekeepers, and a father who is too busy for her. She is angry at the world. On the other side of town, in a slum called the Sink, Jared Roberts and his gang barely survive broken families and a hardscrabble existence. Jared, too, is angry, and intends to do something about it. He eyes

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Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is lonely in a mansion amidst butlers, nannies, housekeepers, and a father who is too busy for her. She is angry at the world. On the other side of town, in a slum called the Sink, Jared Roberts and his gang barely survive broken families and a hardscrabble existence. Jared, too, is angry, and intends to do something about it. He eyes Sarah's mansion for a pre-Christmas burglary that will show the world who he really is.Into this mix comes a mysterious little man named Nicholas, who intrigues, yet scares, Sarah and Jared. Against incredible doubt and cynicism, Nicholas tries to guide the two youths away from their anger and the suffering that will follow, only to realize he can not move them. Finally, he whisks them to another time and place where a Christmas long ago teaches them the true meaning of life in a way they never imagined.MARY'S SON is a modern tale of the fears and passions of youth overcome by the wonder of the real Christmas story.

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- A middle-school teacher said "Mary's Son should be required reading for middle schoolers across America. It is the first Christmas book I have found that holds the interest of my students and also incorporates Christian values. … I plan on keeping this treasured book in my curriculum year after year.”

- Virginia minister Jacob Sahms said, "What would it look like to introduce people to Jesus? To share the first Christmas with non-believers so that they might experience some of the magic in a new way? In this fictional story,... meeting Jesus makes all the difference in the world."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965651356
Publisher:
Cross Dove Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Darryl Nyznyk left one career as a lawyer and another as president of a real estate development company to pursue his passion for writing. His aspiration is to tell stories that take readers on wild rides of adventure, intrigue, love, and passion.He and his wife live in Southern California with constant visits from their kids and friends.

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Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got me in the mood for Christmas
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
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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MizChelleB More than 1 year ago
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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Charlotte90 More than 1 year ago
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.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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.
chip2424 More than 1 year ago
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.
smiles123 More than 1 year ago
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!!