Monday, November 23, 2015
A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson -- Blog Tour
Author: Sam Beeson
Images: Nina & Terral Cochran
Hardcover: 32 pages
FTC FYI: Received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
We’ve all heard the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and we’ve 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’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 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.
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.
It's hard to put into words how I feel about this book. It is so beautiful. The story will stay with you long after you finish, as it will me. The narrative gives his enemy bits of trash for 12 days, and he was quite pleased with what he did. What got to to me the most was the message from his enemy, "Forgive Me". Oh, it made me teary. What the enemy does with the trash it truly beautiful, a lovely lesson for all.
Amazon / Indiebound