The Christmas Journey

The Christmas Journey

by Donna VanLiere
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The Christmas Journey 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SnooKAY More than 1 year ago
BEWARE: 20 pages for 9.99 ???
sunnytbear More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by this author and was delighted to find a new Christmas story by her. Unfortunately, I in my haste to purchase this eBook, I did not notice it was only 24 pages long. The price was no indication, as it was a regular full price eBook. I was disappointed, not in the story, but the value. Know what you are getting for $10!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere is a thin book, perfect for getting you ready for the holidays. Accompanied by stunning watercolors by Michael Storrings, she retells the classic story of the journey to Bethlehem and nativity through the eyes of Mary and Joseph, making them real people with fears, hopes, and dreams. Reading the story of two young people put into an impossible situation and how they trusted God to carry them through it is inspiring. VanLiere, who is best known for her Christmas Hope series that began with The Christmas Shoes, keeps to the point, reminding readers that Jesus, who created the world, became a baby who hungered and cried and smiled. Even in the midst of the busy holiday season, there is time to read this book and remember what Christmas is all about.
Debbie-T More than 1 year ago
the cost is way too high for a book that can be read in 10 mins.
BarbaraRichards More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of the holiday season, this is the one story that you should share with your family. Though the story of the birth of Jesus has been told many times, this is a wonderful retelling of the story. What is amazing is that my other favorite book lately has been "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness and the sacrifice that Jesus made to save our souls. Amazing.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Every year the Christmas season seems to come earlier and earlier as the stores decorate even co-mingling with Thanksgiving as the Yuletide is a big sales time. Pageants are everywhere displaying the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and especially the nativity scene as Joseph and pregnant Mary found no room at the inn, but the owner allowed them to stay in a stable. This is the sentimental legend, but not the true story as another example of when "Professor" Wuhl's theory (extracted from Who Shot Liberty Valance?) that "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend" (see Assume the Position). The couple travels seventy miles taking several days to complete the trek. As they depart from Nazareth, Joseph notices that people he knew all his life as friends treat Mary like a pariah because Mary became pregnant while living under her father's roof. They leave as outcasts in accordance to the then Laws of Moses. Their journey proves grueling with Mary feeling each step the donkey takes. She fears what is expected of her raising the Son; while he fears being the father to the Savior as he believes he cannot be worthy of having God bestow such an honor on him. When they reach their destination, the crowds are overwhelming and there is no place for them at the inn. Joseph feels overwhelmed because he has to help Mary deliver but though conditions are extremely poor, Mary gives birth to a healthy Savior. Donna VanLiere 's version of one of the most legendary journeys provides a realistic look at the two travelers as a pregnant Mary rides a donkey for seventy miles (I rode a mule years ago down the Grand canyon for a few hours and that was fun but a bit sore). The trek is dirty and dusty while people they know along their path ignore them The illustrations augment the story as Ms. VanLiere adds the human facts normally ignored by the miracle birth. Harriet Klausner
lynnzebrastamper More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable read. Donna has put out a great story of the Nativity from Joseph's point of view.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little dissapointed because I like to buy a new Christmas book every year to add to my collection for my grandchildren. However, this story of Mary includes some details about Mary's labor and delivery that may not be suitable for children. If this were a movie, it would need to be rated PG-13 - maybe PG. With that being said, it is true that the story of the birth of Christ has been glamorized and cleaned up. This author does give a more realistic look at a royal birth in a stinky, dirty stable. I do appreciate that about the story. I have been guilty of not recognizing the true nature of Christ's birth. Other than some "realistic" details about the birth, I can recommend this book.
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mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book with illustrations and the story of Jesus' birth. It starts out with Luke 2: 1-20 resiting the story from the Bible. Then she tells of how the world has turned the birth of Jesus into a commerical money making part of the year. Then Donna goes into the real meaning of Christmas and the way she thinks it really happened over two thousand years ago. I believe the way Donna writes that the birth happened in a dirty stable with stinking animals as she and Joseph had to stay in there with them. Mary was so young and (so was I ) when I had my first son, that she had no idea of the pain it would be to give birth to this great Savior. She had to go through being talked about because she was with child before she was married and Joseph still listened to the angel and married her so that he could be the earthly father to Jesus. This is just a beautiful book that everyone needs a copy and leave it out so anyone coming into your home can pick it up as it does not take long to read. This book tells of the real meaning of Christmas, thanks so much Donna for writing it for us to read and to Anne of Authors on the Web for sending it to be to review. May God bless each one of you as this special time of the year approaches (we really don't know the time of the year Jesus was born) but this is the time we celebrate His birth, and please remember (THE REASON FOR THE SEASON).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago