Here are stories that can be read aloud to congregations in churches throughout the Christmas season, or at home with a child curled up on the lap of the reader.
In the books of Luke and Matthew, the Bible renders true but brief accounts of the birth of Christ. For hundreds of years, authors, composers, and artists have painted pictures, and written songs or stories about imagined persons and events within the nativity scenes.
Patricia Looper is one of those imaginative writers. Pat wrote her stories to read during Christmas Eve services at United Methodist Churches she served as a pastor in North Georgia. She wrote stories that would entertain the youngest and oldest persons attending those services. Since her retirement and move to Morganton, NC, Pat has continued to write and share her stories.
Annisa Estes is a native of Italy, who moved to the United States several years ago. She has lived in Morganton since 2006. When Pat began looking for an illustrator for her stories, a member of a book discussion group mentioned that her daughter-in-law, Annisa, was an artist. Pat asked Annisa to read one of the stories. After reading the story, Annisa drew what that story said to her. Pat loved Annisa's drawing and asked her to illustrate the book's cover and these nine Christmas Eve Stories.
A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Patricia is married to Daniel Looper. They have six children and eighteen grandchildren. Pat holds degrees from Edison State College in Trenton, NJ; Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia; and, the Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Don't be misled by the charming but child-oriented illustrations. This is a story book with potential to become a family tradition. It won't bore the patient parent or other reader-aloud either. Every story (save one) is taken from the Gospel accounts of the Nativity. Each is told from a perspective we haven't considered--of an angel, or a shepherd, of the innkeeper, a Roman ordinary soldier. It's the unexpected viewpoint and suggested re-thinking (without a word of sermonizing) that will make this group of stories appeal to the adults as well as to the children. Written on purpose to cross age barriers, it does that beautifully and thoughtfully. Worth the hardcover edition. You can't say more than that!