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.
My review: This book is beautiful, it touched my heart. I love the way the author writes about the gifts that he gave to his "enemy." All things that he would have gotten from the garbage. And then as he's thinking about just how much he hates his enemy there's a knock at the door and his enemy returns his gifts with a simple note asking for forgiveness. Just beautiful and exactly what we need, especially at this time of year.
This book will only take you a few minutes to read and look through the pictures, but it truly will touch your heart and change the way you think about your own enemies.
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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