Title: A Rare Nativity
Author: Sam Beeson
Publisher: Ensign Peak
Release Date: September 2015
Length: 32 pages
We’ve all heard the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and we’ve all seen the traditional Christmas crèche. Now, author Sam Beeson and photographers Nina and Terral Cochran combine these two classic Christmas icons to create A Rare Nativity.
Upon reading the first lines of the book, it’s clear the narrator holds a bitter grudge as he sends his enemy crude and discarded gifts.
Night after night the “gifts” pile up—shards of glass, rusty nails, gnarled twigs, and more. What the narrator’s enemy decides to do with each of these odious gifts is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. The photographic creation of the rare nativity at the end of the book is both a work of art and a wonder to behold.
Forgiveness is something we all need to give and receive, and A Rare Nativity opens our eyes to the act of forgiveness and the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a universal message to be shared with readers of all ages. Christmas is a season for giving. Make it a forgiving season.
***** Review *****
The narrator clearly is sending the most horrible gifts possible, and as the book goes on readers are to infer that these “gifts” are being sent to the narrator’s enemy.
Despite receiving the worst gifts during a time of celebration and a time of war, the enemy sends back a beautiful gift compiling all of the wretched ones he received. Doing this requires a powerful capacity for forgiveness.
This short book packs a powerful meaning of the true reason we celebrate Christmas. It is not a season for gifts, despite the narrator’s sinister twist on those he sends. It is a season for giving and forgiving.
The message shared in this short and beautiful compilation is simple and can be shared with all.
***** About the Author *****
Sam Beeson gives himself annual writing assignments. In 2005, he wrote a poem a day. In 2007, he wrote about his wife every day. In 2015, each day he wrote a handwritten letter to someone new. Sam teaches high school English and loves reading the journals of his ancestors.