A Rare Nativity (32 pages) by Sam Besson
We have all heard the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, and we have 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 is 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.
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629720623
- ISBN-13: 978-1629720623
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
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By Kathryn Svendsen on October 16, 2015
Once those gifts have been received however, the narrator’s enemy does something astonishing. He returns those same gifts, but he has done something magical with them. He has taken the broken and discarded items and transformed them into items that make up a Christmas nativity scene.
The illustrations that go with the story are real photographs of the objects that show the beauty of the transformation from pieces of junk to the beautiful nativity scene. I thought the author and photographers showed great creativity in putting this book together. The book is indeed aptly named A Rare Nativity.
This is a book you will want to read each Christmas to remind you of what Christ has done for us. I gave this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5. I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend it to everyone for their Christmas library.
Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own. To see my complete review, visit Shelf Full of Books: http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-rare-nativity-blot-tour-and-giveaway.html
By Shauna Wheelwright on October 12, 2015
I cannot even put into words how amazing this book is!
You have this person giving their enemy these throw away items…
And then the supposed enemy turns them around into an incredible nativity scene with the message of please ‘forgive me.’
Shards of glass become a star, bent forks become the kings, crumpled paper becomes an angel.
WOW! This is one you have to see!
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Sam Beeson gives himself annual writing assignments. In 2005, he wrote a poem a day. In 2007, he wrote about his wife every day. In 2015, each day he wrote a handwritten letter to someone new. Sam teaches high school English and loves reading the journals of his ancestors. Sam Beeson teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and English at American Fork High School. 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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