It's Christmas time at St. Anne parish, and a new family has arrived! The Perez family doesn’t look like the other families in the parish. As five-year-old Mateo stares at Katie and Patrick, clutching his little stuffed burro, they see he's just puzzled about them. But it's Father Miguel's job to take care of them, right? Just then, a bell rings and the twins are swept up in another Chime Travel adventure, this time to find Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. This fresh yet authentic retelling of the biblical Infancy Narratives sheds new light on the life of the Holy Family. And when at last the Magi arrive, Katie asks Mary, “Are you sure you want all of these strangers around the baby?" Mary smiles. "Strangers are simply new friends, just waiting to be loved.” Katie and Patrick think of the Perez family. Can they still make new friends for Christmas?
About the Author
Lisa Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. In the Chime Travelers series for elementary school readers, Hendey reaches a new generation of young Catholics with her charming stories about the Brady twins, who travel through time to encounter some of the most beloved spiritual giants of all time. A gifted Catholic evangelist, Hendey travel nationally and internationally to share her love for Jesus with everyone she meets. Her articles appear in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.
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The Strangers at the Manger based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
These books are really just fantastic. Katie and Patrick are off an another “chime traveling” adventure, but this time, they get to travel together! They find themselves accompanying Mary and Jesus in their preparations for the birth of their Son, Jesus. What an exciting time in history for all of us! Can you imagine being there yourself? Now you and your children can imagine being at Christ’s birth together! But perhaps my favorite part of this book is the story that runs alongside the birth of Jesus and its relevance for our time. You see, in each Chime Travelers book, there are two stories going on simultaneously. There is a story of Katie and Patrick, students in our present time, and the things that are going on in their childhood. And there is a story from history going on, a story that these kids are thrown into, from which they must learn a lesson. The lessons Katie and Patrick learn from their travels in history correspond beautifully with the situations going on in their present lives back at their church, school, and home. So my favorite aspect of The Strangers at the Manger was how it relates the story of welcoming Christ to the welcoming of refugees seeking safe accommodations in our world today. This is a message for the whole Church and a great lesson to share with our children. Author Lisa M. Hendey sets this lesson up beautifully in this book. These books are wonderful for reading a chapter per day in a school, Catechism class, or at bedtime with your children. They make a great, inexpensive gift for your Godchildren, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, kids birthday parties, family friends, and really for any children in your life. Share the Faith, share some fun, and share some Chime Travelers adventures with your family!
I'm quite sure the last time you picked up the Bible to read Luke chapter 2 you missed the part about two little red-headed twins, Patrick and Katie, kicking a soccer ball around in the fields with the shepherds. You've probably wondered about how Joseph managed to work his way through the crowds to find a place for he and Mary to Bethlehem - even if the only thing he managed was a lowly stable. Surely he must have had help? And why would it not have been those irascible little red-headed Irish Catholics? ... Children will enjoy reading the book, but I enjoyed reading it too. In fact, when young Katie picks up the baby Jesus in an effort to soothe him to sleep, I grew just a wee bit sentimental. Can you imagine having the opportunity to hold and to cuddle and snuggle the infant Jesus? To smell that sweet baby head? Lisa Hendey did imagine it, and let Katie experience it. Or, how frightening must it have been for the family to pick up and flee to Egypt for the sake of their lives? We hear the story so often, we read it so often, that it grow familiar and some of the nitty gritty and uncomfortableness of the story is smoothed away in Christmas carols. Little Patrick recognizes this, too, when he fears for the lives of the Holy Family, acknowledging, "it was scarier in real life." Indeed. This is a great little book, perfect for those voracious and early readers. It has nice large print and several black and white, full page illustrations. Note: The publisher sent me a complimentary copy of this book with the hope that I would provide a (favorable) review. Complimentary books don't necessarily make good books, though. My opinions are my own.