Monday, December 6, 2010

A Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere

Copyright: 2010
 Publisher: t. Martin's Press
Genre: fiction
Pages: 62
Challenges: Holiday Reading Challenge
Author's Website
My rating: 4/5

Here's a description of the book as it was emailed to me:
VanLiere’s new novel is a re-telling of the eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl --- one of the most powerful stories in history. 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, VanLiere’s THE CHRISTMAS JOURNEY shows us that the story of the Nativity is alive in our modern world.

Now, I'm not the most spiritual person. Sure, I was raised going to church and I know this story, but for my own reasons (of which this isn't the place to talk about them) I don't attend anymore.   However when I was asked if I wanted a copy for review, I decided to accept.  I know the story and I like the author's other works, so I had an interest to see how she would write the story.

What I loved about this book is that she made Mary and Joseph seem human, normal, like one of us.  In this book Mary was worried about what she had agreed to and what was going to happen.  Joseph was supporting Mary but also worried about how others viewed them and was afraid. In fact, both were afraid.

This was a short book, could be read within an hour.  However it's one that I think would be fun to read with family, especially young kids.   Of course, it was a good read for me too, and I'm an adult (or at least I pretend to be).  In fact, I'm pleasantly surprised with how well I liked this one.

I was recently shared the following links and wanted to pass it on with all of you: 

Donna VanLiere’s Christmas Movies will be airing on Lifetime TV and we have the schedule:

There is a contest to win all of Donna’s Christmas books, including an autographed copy of A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY that ends on December 14th:

Thanks to Anne from AuthorsOnTheWeb for providing this book for review.


Bookfool said...

I like that about the book, too -- that she made Mary and Joseph seem human.

Kris said...

Wasn't that the best Bookfool? Really made the story more believable.

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this so much.