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This bold retelling of Luke 1-2, based on Eugene Petersons Message translation, reads like a novel and invites readers to experience the Nativity with fresh wonder. To Eugene Petersons The Message Bible translation, John Blas adds his own storytelling voice, exploring the familiar events from multiple first-person viewpoints. What emerges is the intimate story of unlikely peoplea frightened teenaged girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherdmeeting up with the divine as they bumble and stumble toward the realization that the little one just born is the One. This retold story of Word made flesh invites readers to react appropriatelywith eyes opened wide in wonder, jaws dropped in amazement, and hearts rejoicing. The beautiful design and Amanda Jolmans lively line drawings make this book a fitting gift as well as a Christmas tradition that families will treasure for years to come.