A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson, Photographs by Terral Cochran, Nina Cochran

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A Rare Nativity

by Sam Beeson

We've all heard the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and we've all seen the traditional Christmas creche. 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's 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 broken 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.
Forgiveness is something we all need to give and receive, and A Rare Nativity opens our eyes to the act of forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas. It's a universal message to be shared with readers of all ages. Christmas is a season for giving. Make it a forgiving season.

About the author:

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.
In my opinion:

This book was very unexpected as I flipped through the pages. However, it was remarkable how it all came together to create a lovely Bethlehem. It wasn't your typical 12 days to Christmas book. It was deep and beautifully written. This book was about forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas. Honestly, I felt that it should have a cd of the author reading the story as well as some short Christmas songs. Overall, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy to share with your family. It could even be read during Family Home Evening or as one of the 24 books you use to countdown to Christmas. It was a spectacular story and should be shared with everyone. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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