All we know about Jesus' birth and childhood is in four chapters of the Bible-chapters containing such unusual events and characters that they read like a fairy tale. But perhaps the truth may become easier to believe by seeing how these events could actually fit together with recorded history. So take Sari, the feisty donkey, who has no problem dispatching troublemakers with a swift kick. Toss in some real tyrants and invented thieves. Let uninvited angels stir it up, and get ready for excitement!
Number of Pages: 200
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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Located in: South Haven, MI
Submitted: December 12, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I met the two most important persons in my life, my Savior and my wife, at New Mexico State University. Lois and I moved to Michigan in 1979, accompanied by two children and two cats. We are members of a small Christian Reformed church. I work in engineering and write for enjoyment. I also play clarinet, do woodworking, and take photographs. We have five adult children and two grandchildren.
What was your motivation behind this project? Two years ago, I presented sort of a sermon entitled, "An Ordinary Christmas." Hindsight and legend have created a pageant out of something that mostly escaped attention at the time. That idea developed over the ensuing months into a book. How did Biblical snippets fit together, and how were they woven into the fabric of history? Historical fiction would let me flesh out a believable story without denying the truth that we know.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Readers may better appreciate how it really was, miracles and all. They may also may catch a better understanding of why Jesus said and did certain things thirty years later. I know I did.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I studied a lot. Some references were in direct opposition to others, so I had to weigh motives and human nature in an effort to deduce what really occurred. Non-negotiable Biblical statements were sometimes tricky to fit into history, but it can be done. It has been done. No doubt I got things wrong, but you can get away with that to some degree in fiction.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The Bible, of course. Old hymns and some new music. C.S. Lewis and Chesterton. Tony Hillerman, a Catholic, wrote secular fiction without running down God. Kurt Vonnegut, an atheist, wrote truly pessimistic stories about a world devoid of hope. Authors from past generations, who left much to imagination and thereby allowed readers to fill in the pictures. I would love to create like Shakespeare, who could put laughter and tears in the same passage.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This is my third book, and my first whack at historical fiction. I also wrote "Heavens to Louie" and "Count Otto's Dragon".