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Author and historian Paul Maier aims to "return the Christmas focus where it belongs"--on the story and spirit surrounding Jesus' birth. Thus, The Very First Christmas doesn't follow the prescribed children's Christmas-book themes--with fairy-tale winter settings in quaint, old European towns. Maier instead sets the story in the American West, where a curious 8-year-old boy named Christopher wants a "real" bedtime story. His mother then tells him the miraculous story of the Nativity. (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This informative gift book is much better than its introduction might lead readers to suspect; Maier lays out a traditional Christian apologetic approach, using tools such as archaeology and history to prove the trustworthiness of the Bible. In the chapters that follow, he analyzes the Nativity through the lenses of economics, law, literature, geography and even meteorology, claiming that this composite reveals the "unfamiliar story" of Christ's birth. Some readers may quibble that Maier bases his claims on a rather selective reading of the evidence, but most will enjoy the rich detail he offers about daily life in Palestine around the year 5 B.C.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Paul Maier is a researcher and communicator without parallel in our time. If you have grand kids or kids.( Or you are a kid at heart. ). Read It Enjoy It. Apply it to your lifePublished 9 months ago by Leslie Fyans
The illustrations are gorgeous, even frame-worthy.
The text is also rich and true to the Biblical record.
A must every Advent season.
Paul L. Meier has written many other books such as In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church, The Very First Easter, Martin Luther: A... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steven H Propp
A wonderful telling of Christ`s birth. Geared towards ages 5 or 6 and up. My kids loved it! It gives scripture references and explanations are well written. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by AmyJo
Bought book based on sermon illustration and authors history. Kids book versus adult oriented. Well done for ages 8 to 10. Will pass on to the grandkids.Published on January 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book really surprised me. I though I was just getting a story but this book includes actual pictures, maps and cultural information to better understand and relate to the... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Kelli