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The Star Prophecy: A Book of Mormon Adventure Paperback – November 1, 2010
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This was a fun book to read. Likable characters and a well written tale that left me believing this really could have happened. Although not a “Christmas” story this is a book I will likely reread around Christmas since it is set at the time of the Savior’s birth. Full of details on what life was like at the time of Christ’s birth this book brought special meaning to the Christmas story.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Source: From publisher for Review
The Nephites have grown up with the prophecies regarding the Savior's birth, and Enoch has always dreamed of returning to Jerusalem to see the baby Jesus in person. Although the odds against his actually making the trek there and back alive are overwhelming, he begins his preparations.
Once he and his comrades set sail, Enoch's little brother nearly drowns while trying to swim to the ship so that he can go with them. Then, they discover a young man accused of murder has stowed away in order to avoid prosecution.
The Star Prophecy comes to life with interesting details such as customs of the time, the foods they ate, and their experiences aboard the ship. As the travelers come to various islands and then to the land of Jerusalem, they and the people are described in such a way that I felt as though I was standing nearby and watching the story unfold. Enoch's quest became my quest and I felt his disappointment when they arrived in Jerusalem only to discover that no one knew of Christ's birth.
Through perseverance and talking to those who are lowly of heart, they discover that the Savior has indeed been born, and is in Bethlehem. They wonder, as does their shepherd-guide, why baby Jesus was allowed to be born in such humble circumstances and not a kingly palace, and they are filled with awe and reverence when Mary allows them to hold her Holy child.
The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards is written as an adventure by a young man who just happens to have lived anciently. It isn't preachy, or doctrinal, yet I found that reading it was a profound experience.