Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Touching Wonder" by John Blase

Heard the Christmas Story a Few Too Many Times?

With his instant classic, Touching Wonder, author John Blase

breathes new life into the story of the Nativity

TOUCHING WONDER 3D COVER for printingDallas/Ft. Worth, TX—Little children understand how amazing the Nativity story is. But, sometimes, as we become men and women, we put away the childlike with the childish. The result? We lose something vital—the wonder of it all. When author John Blase went looking for the lost wonder of Christmas, he went back to the place he’d last seen it—the stories from Luke 1-2. What he found fills the pages of his new book, Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas (David C Cook, September 2009), with flesh and bone and dust and night and a baby’s cry; the intimate union of human and divine—the Incarnation.

By boldly imagining the first two chapters of the gospel of Luke, writer, editor, and former pastor John Blase has created an instant classic for Christmastime. In a tale that reads like a novel parallel parked by the record of Scripture, Blase beckons those who could use a little wonder in their lives to step onto the stage of history and witness the long awaited coming of the Messiah. With Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation as his backdrop, Blase adds his own voice and commentary to the historic events, exploring the renowned drama from an array of viewpoints.

In Touching Wonder, readers will meet a cast of unruly unlikelies—a frightened teenaged girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd, even an angel or two—moving toward the realization that the little one just born is the One. This imaginative retelling of the grand miracle will leave readers wide-eyed, slack-jawed, and heart-full. The Lord is come!

In this lovely and distinctive book to be read…and re-read…and pondered in the heart, young and old will recapture the wonder of the Christmas story by seeing through the eyes of those who lived it. The book’s graceful design and Amanda Jolman’s beautiful line drawings combine to make this a thoughtful Christmas gift as well as a wonder that families will treasure for years to come.

Author Bio: John Blase’s work includes Living the Questions and Living the Letters Bible-study series, the Worldviews reference book (TH1NK), Real Life Stuff for Couples, and The Message Children’s Bible. A former pastor, John currently edits by day and writes by night. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children and make their home in Colorado.

My review: John Blase describes the many characters in the reading of Jesus' birth and brings them to life in his narration. He extols their doubts, fears, concerns, excitement, apprehension, rage, and hope--from 'Speechless' Zachariah all the way to 'Jerusalem's Freedom' Anna, the prophetess. You won't want to miss the rich characters he describes in between.

What I like, in addition to his rendition of the story, are his personal prayers at the end of each character's portion. They bring the story into your own personal life to apply, as well as his own, challenging us all to make changes. It's not your ordinary 'Christmas Story' book!

I would appreciate the use of a different version of the Scriptures, but the book otherwise is a new, personal insight into Christmas.

A free copy was supplied by Audra of The B&B Media Group for me to review. I review books for the purpose of encouraging others to read good fiction and non-fiction Christian books. I do not receive any compensation other than the book.

Touching Wonders: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas

by John Blase.

David C. Cook

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6465-2/hardcover/128 pages $12.99


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