Bethlehem's Baby

Bethlehem's Baby

by Sheila Deeth


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A whole new way to read the familiar Christmas story! Follow the journey of Mary and Joseph (and Jesus) from Nazareth, to Bethlehem, to Egypt, to Nazareth again, meeting shepherds, soldiers, tradesmen, kings and maybe even angels on the way. Each story takes five minutes to read aloud - perfect for bedtime, naptime, children's church, Sunday school, or even adult education. Written for middle-grade readers or for reading to younger children. Color illustrations throughout. Author's notes offer background and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949600193
Publisher: Sheila Deeth
Publication date: 11/03/2018
Series: Five-Minute Bible-Story Series
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Sheila Deeth is the author of the Mathemafiction contemporary novels, the Five-Minute Bible-Story series, Tails of Mystery animal stories and more. She is an English American, Catholic Protestant, mathematician writer with a lifelong love for words.

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Bethlehem's Baby 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DonnaFletcherCrowDC More than 1 year ago
Is "Tell me a story" a perennial bedtime request at your house? If so, here's the answer. Bethlehem's Baby, volume 6 in Sheila Deeth's Five-Minute Bible Story series, is a delightful collection of 40 short stories looking at the Christmas story from every viewpoint. It offers accounts from all those you would expect such as Mary, Joseph and the angel Gabriel, but some of the most surprising are from obscure bystanders such as a boy in the temple, a student, a Roman soldier and a traveller. Each story helps the reader see a different aspect of this world-changing event and helps the hearer understand that the birth of Christ was a real event in real time in a real world. The stories are short enough to make an excellent read-aloud experience for children of any age as well as engaging adults with the humor, accurate historic facts and Biblical details. If you are looking for a way to get the true meaning of Christmas into your family's celebration this book can be the perfect enrichment tool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Bethlehem’s Baby  By Sheila Deeth Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto Bethlehem’s Baby is the sixth volume of short bible stories written by Biblical author, Shelina Deeth. This volume includes stories following the birth of Christ (including the story of Caesar Augustus, Herod, John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, and many more). Bethlehem’s Baby includes more than 40 short stories aimed at middle school readers. Bethlehem’s Baby was an interesting read for our family. I am quite traditional (I’m actually a traditional church organist complete with the thee’s and thous of the King James Version) and some of the non-traditional references in Bethlehem’s Baby caught me off guard initially. My children really enjoyed the present day spin Deeth placed on the bible stories of old. I can certainly see how this style of story-telling appeals to children and teens as well as many adults. The stories are the perfect length for a quick pre-bedtime read with additional time remaining for discussion and conversation as well as goodnight kisses and snuggles for younger children. A prayer is included at the end of each chapter and scripture references are provided so readers can refer back to biblical text as reference. Pictures are not very large but are perfectly matched with the stories. Our family read Bethlehem’s Baby on an electronic reader and my young children were unhappy about the inability to enlarge the pictures. As the mother, I was perfectly happy that we had to cuddle together to read and enjoy the stories and pictures alike. The stories were written for middle school aged children but I felt even my five and six year old grasped the information and understood it well. Bethlehem’s Baby is a book I would recommend for anyone struggling to reach children and/or young adults with the teachings and stories of the bible. Deeth is a long-time Christian Educator and Sunday School Teacher and her fun educational style shines through in her writing. Whether you are a middle-schooler reading the stories independently or a parent reading them aloud, the length and content of the stories is easily digested. Bethlehem’s Baby makes learning the bible a fun and pleasant experience. Deeth’s author notes are also a nice addition with insightful tidbits! After reading Bethlehem’s Baby I was curious about the other books in the series and went back to the first few pages which list the other titles in the Five-Minute Bible Story Series as well as several novels authored by Deeth. If this book appeals to readers, there certainly are more titles out there for additional reading enjoyment. 
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read and informative. I have received this book from the author for an honest review. A great book with new insight into some of the stories I always wondered about.  Nathan loved the stories, although some words were above his understanding, and it took time to explain it to him. I will recommend this book for children from 5 and up, for greater interaction and feedback with and from the child. He enjoyed the quick 5 minutes read and was very inquisitive.  Well written and informative the stories were quick and well researched. It is a book I can recommend to parents with small children, and of course for grown-ups. A great way to read the Bible and teach them about the Love of the Father, and the greatest gift He could give us, His Son. Thanks for the opportunity to review this book.