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At The Manger: The Story of Those Who Were There Hardcover – October 25, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Descant (October 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971290903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971290907
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The plot device that drives this collection is hardly new; just last Christmas, Max Lucado's One Incredible Moment adopted a similar approach of having the characters at the manger speak about their experiences in the first person. However, rarely has it been done as well as in Orullian's beautifully written anthology of loosely connected short stories. The book opens with the fable of Luke (no, not the Gospel writer), a down-on-his-luck carpenter whose wife convinces him to take a non-paying trial job doing a manger for a local innkeeper, just to demonstrate his skills. The manger becomes, of course, that manger, connecting Luke to the birth of Yeshua. The book succeeds because it imagines the interactions of non-biblical characters, rather than inserting tidy thought bubbles into the story for Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, etc. Here we are asked to conjecture how ordinary people might have responded to Yeshua's birth-and, by extension, how we would respond.
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"An enchanting retelling of the Christmas story from the perspectives of various people who visited the baby in the manger." -- The Seattle Post Intelligencer

"If you only read one new book this holiday season, this is the one to pick." -- The Tampa Tribune

"Orullian imaginatively paints fictional portraits of various Bethlehem citizens to create a picture of Bethlehem and the power of love." -- CBA Marketplace

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Johnson on November 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you read one book this Christmas, this should be it. This book takes you on a journey through the sorrow and gut wrenching pain that life can bring, to the peace and healing the Savior offers. Be there as those who first saw the Christ child are transformed by His love and the miracle of His birth. I highly recommend this book. I guarantee you've never read a Christmas story quite like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "owajee" on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book last year for myself as well as some in my family and I intend to purchase more to give as gifts this year. It is a wonderful book with 12 different stories of people who could have been around or present at the time of Christ's birth. One of the stories about a carpenter named Luke, who crafts the manger the babe slept in, is interwoven throughout the book. The author paints the characters so vividly that you truely feel their emotions as you read their stories. The handmaiden, the watchman, the vintner and others, as well as my personal favorites - the beggar and the potter - are all wonderful characters with their own set of problems in life, that come to the realization that the baby boy born in a simple stable is truely the Messiah and brings redemption to all and unconditional love. I highly recommend the book to read(and to give as a gift to others) to bring you to the true spirit of Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I am not usually a reader of Christmas stories. In fact, I only picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend. Upon reading it, however, I found it to be a great read, with excellent writing and intriguing plotlines, brought together by the central event. I would definitely recommend this book for those who enjoy Christmas stories, as well as those who just enjoy a well written, well crafted read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing new Christmas story. I love books that make me think and take me out of my comfort zone. "At the Manger" was a cause for personal reflection and a series of short stories that all weave together the lessons of giving and personal sacrifice. At the Manger TOUCHED MY HEART. It is an awesome book to add to your collection.
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