The Nativity Story: A Novelizationby Angela Elwell Hunt
Based on the major motion picture, The Nativity Story is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith. Best-selling author Angie Hunt, who most recently wrote Magdalene, a historical fiction novel of the story of Mary Magdalene that was tied to The Da Vinci Code movie, now focuses on Mary, the mother of Jesus/i>/i>/i>… See more details below
Based on the major motion picture, The Nativity Story is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith. Best-selling author Angie Hunt, who most recently wrote Magdalene, a historical fiction novel of the story of Mary Magdalene that was tied to The Da Vinci Code movie, now focuses on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She has adapted the screenplay for The Nativity Story into a powerful, historical novel. Her moving novelization of this film tells the extraordinary tale of two common people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, an arduous journey, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy, Hunt tells how from humble beginnings, great things can come. Tyndale House Publishers
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the nativity story
By Angela Hunt
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © MMVI
New Line Productions, Inc.
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At the sound of voices, Mary pulled a square of linen over her hair, then
scooped up the other three pieces of cloth and sprinted across the furrowed
ground. All four girls had left their veils on a rock by the side of
the road, certain they would be reaping alone in their families' fields.
They had been left to themselves for most of the morning, but now the
sun stood high overhead, and the voices that had reached Mary's ear
belonged to men.
"Naomi!" she hissed, cupping her hand to her mouth. "Rebecca,
Aliyah! Someone comes!"
The other girls, who had been laughing and calling to one another
as they cut the tender heads of barley from the stalks, stopped and
"Who comes?" Naomi wanted to know.
"I'm not sure," Mary said, tossing a rectangular cloth to her, "but
Rebecca and Aliyah left their rows and hastened to smooth their
veils over their tumbling tresses.
With her back to the road, Mary felt for the edges of her own
rough veil, then tucked a rebellious hank of hair behind her ear. No virtuous
young woman would dare be so immodest as to publicly approach
a man with her hair exposed, but each of the four friends had
only recently entered womanhood. The habits of freewheelingchildhood
clung to them like vines.
Rebecca smoothed her veil and wiped a trickle of perspiration
from her forehead. "How do I look?"
"You'll look better without seeds on your brow." Mary reached up
to wipe a speckling of barley from Rebecca's damp forehead, then nodded.
"You look fine."
"I only hope whoever it is deserves the trouble we're taking,"
Naomi groused, repositioning the leather strap of the bag on her shoulder.
"If it's Josiah and his friends ..."
Mary suppressed a smile as the girls moved toward the road.
Naomi always made a fuss when Josiah came into view, and Mary suspected
that Naomi complained far more than necessary. Surely it wasn't
natural to spend so much time thinking about a boy unless you liked
him more than a little.
Her thoughts scattered as a knot of young men crested the hill,
Josiah among them. Mary saw Naomi blush when he looked her way.
"Greetings," Rebecca called to the group. "Come you to the fields
to work or to play?"
"To work, of course." Josiah scowled in Naomi's direction. "As
long as you girls don't get in our way."
Naomi stepped forward, her eyes blazing above a demure smile. "I
do believe the four of us can work faster than the-" she paused to
count-"six of you."
Josiah's scowl deepened. "Tend to your family's plot, woman. Your
father sent me out here to keep an eye on you."
Naomi placed a hand on her hip as her lower lip edged forward in
a pout. "And what business have you with my father? I can't believe he
would speak to you, let alone permit you through our courtyard gate."
"He speaks to me often." Josiah left the other boys to step closer.
"And he groans and moans most piteously because he has a headstrong
daughter, one who will almost certainly never be married-"
"I will be married but certainly not to the likes of you!" Naomi's
words would have stung if not for the smile on her lips and the challenge
in her eyes.
Mary stood back, watching in amused wonder as Naomi took off
across the field, barley spilling from her bag with every step.
Not willing to be dismissed, Josiah took off after her, catching the
girl before they had run half the length of the field.
"I've seen her run faster," Rebecca whispered.
Mary laughed, and something stirred in her heart as Josiah
caught Naomi by the waist and pulled her down.
"Should we ... help her?" Aliyah asked, her voice small.
Mary kept her eye on the pair but shook her head. "They are only
Rebecca turned, a look of wonder in her dark eyes. "Do you think
he's really been talking to her father?"
Mary watched as Naomi and Josiah smiled at each other; then she
shifted her gaze to the older boys, most of whom had already waded
into their families' fields. "I think our fathers have begun to talk a lot
about the future. We have begun our monthly courses, so we are old
enough to make our fathers anxious about finding us husbands ... and
providing a dowry."
The three girls stood in silence under the cloud-heavy expanse of
sky. Then Rebecca whispered what Mary had been thinking: "Sometimes
I wish I could remain a child forever."
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by Angela Hunt
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