We’ve all heard the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and we’ve all seen the traditional Christmas crèche. Now, author Sam Beeson and photographers Nina and Terral Cochran combine these two classic Christmas icons to create A Rare Nativity. Upon reading the first lines of the book, it’s clear the narrator holds a bitter grudge as he sends his enemy crude and discarded gifts:On the first night of Christmas I gave my enemy a briar from a tanglewood tree. On the second night of Christmas I gave my enemy two rotten eggs. Night after night the “gifts” pile up—shards of glass, rusty nails, gnarled twigs, and more. What the narrator’s enemy decides to do with each of these odious gifts is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. The photographic creation of the rare nativity at the end of the book is both a work of art and a wonder to behold. Forgiveness is something we all need to give and receive, and A Rare Nativity opens our eyes to the act of forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a universal message to be shared with readers of all ages. Christmas is a season for giving. Make it a forgiving season.
|Publisher:||Shadow Mountain Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
About the Author
Sam Beeson teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and English. He and his wife, Sarah, have five children and one dog. Sam tries to write something every day and enjoys playing Grammar Punk.
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A Rare Nativity based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book is . . . well, a little different. It took a while of letting it settle in for me to appreciate it. Oh, I got the surface message right away, but it's just not the kind of book that comes out a grabs you from the first. The photos are not all that compelling (they aren't even color). The idea that these are gifts you give to your enemy makes it sound petty and childish. But these two things--the concept and the stark photos of trash--are the meaning of the book. I'm not going to tell you that meaning. I'm just going to tell you to dig a little deeper. Don't turn away from this book simply because you think you can't relate, because we all can. This message of forgiveness and the Atonement truly is "An unexpected twist to the 12 Days of Christmas." *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
There’s a saying I’m sure you’re familiar with, “Good things come in small packages.” It’s a perfect description for this book. The story is short, written as a poem, with pictures of each item this man sent to his enemy. For the twelve days of Christmas he sent what seemed to be junk. What his enemy did with the junk is something we wish we would have done. Once I finished this book, I wanted to be kinder. To turn the other cheek. To let go of petty anger and grudges. To be better. It only took me a few minutes to read A Rare Nativity. The message stayed with me much longer.
Count down the twelve nights of Christmas with this sobering picture book, featuring stark black-and-white photographs and simple text. But, be warned, this is not one for the children. A Rare Nativity is based on the gospel according to Matthew and the injunction to "love your enemy". What would you do if your enemy sent you twelve mean-spirited gifts as Christmas drew nearer? Would you turn the other cheek? The person in this book does and, in so doing, creates a gift of great beauty. But I won't spoil the surprise at the end of the book. With its beautiful message of forgiveness, this is a true Christmas treat that will make an especially good gift for someone you have wronged throughout the year. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-rare-nativity-by-sam-beeson.html