OK, Christmas has not come yet. In fact as today is Sept 25, it is exactly three months away. But something Christmassy did come early — a box of author copies of my new Christmas book! This is the second in a series of novellas called That First Christmas, each one telling the story of some character within the Nativity story. The first was last year’s Yosef’s Story; this year’s book is told from the point of view of one of the Magi who makes the journey to Bethlehem.
This was an interesting story to work with as there’s so little in the Bible story, and so much tradition and speculation about who these “wise men” might have been and where they came from — not to mention the star they followed! I enjoyed researching the time period, looking at lots of different things people had written over the years about the Magi, and choosing details that I thought would make an interesting (and hopefully moving) Christmas story.
If you want to buy a copy (or a couple, for friends and family!) you can get it at the Adventist Book Center, amazon.com or amazon.ca . But if you’d like a free copy, as an early Christmas present (or a start on your Christmas shopping), read on …
It’s time for a book giveaway! I always try to do one whenever I get author copies of a new book, and anyway, as you’ve probably noticed the last few posts, I am just desperate for comments on the blog these days (although I’m just as big an offender, reading and enjoying so many other people’s blogs and rarely commenting). Give me a shout so I know you’re out there, and we’ll see about getting you some books, OK?
Here’s the deal: I’m going to give away four prizes.
1st prize: Both Christmas books (Yosef’s Story and The Wise Men) plus a bonus copy of Daughters of Grace, a beautifully-illustrated collection of my essays about women of the Bible.
2nd prize: The two Christmas books.
3rd & 4th prizes: The Wise Men.
Ideally, I’ll get more than four replies and have to draw for winners!! Any of these books would make a lovely early Christmas gift for you and your family — or, if they’re not your cup of herbal tea, someone on your Christmas list may enjoy them and, look at that, part of your shopping is already done!
Here’s what you need to do to be considered for a book. Post below to answer this question:
It’s September 25. Christmas is three months away. Are you already beginning your Christmas shopping? Already done your Christmas shopping? Not even thinking about Christmas yet? Trying to ignore the whole thing?
Answer me that, and I’ll include your name as one of the possible winners of this lovely new book, and maybe a couple of others as well. And Merry September 25!!