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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere

Everyone knows the Nativity Story, the story of the birth of Jesus from the Book of Luke. In her new book, "The Christmas Journey," author Donna VanLiere gives the age-old story a more realistic touch as she retells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.


The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.
Accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered illustrations throughout, Donna VanLiere’s retelling shows that the story of the Nativity is alive in our modern world.

My Thoughts:

Donna VanLiere has created a beautifully told version of a beloved story. Through her descriptive words, you can almost feel the pain and suffering that the teenaged Mary was going through on this ardious journey, Joseph's concern and near panic when he realizes that he will be the one to deliver God's son into the world, and the crude surroundings that made up the stable where Jesus was born.

The illustrations, watercolor paintings by Michael Storrings, are simple and elegant and give this charming book the extra shine to put it into the realm of becoming one of the classic Christmas books for years to come.

"The Christmas Journey" is a short read, but one that the family is sure to reach for again and again throughout the Christmas season.

For more information on Donna VanLiere's work, check out her website at http://www.donnavanliere.com/

My Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mystica said...

Would love to read this story. I like Christmas themed stories and to get one with a spiritual slant is very nice!

Wakela Runen said...

I will definitely have to hunt this down for the Christmas Spirit reading Challenge. It sounds truly wonderful.

....Petty Witter said...

Having participated in this years holiday reading challenge I'm already searching for inspiration for next year and this sounds ideal. Thanks for the recommendation of what sounds like a beautiful telling of THE Christmas story.