Why the Angels? Why Bethlehem? Why Mary? Why the Star of Bethlehem? "Why the Nativity?" is a nice informative book. I say "nice" in that it's full of Biblical facts yet its tone is one of effortlessness. Each chapter ends with discussion questions for anyone who wants to go the extra mile. (I didn't, but it's there if you're so inclined.) The book paints a colorful picture of Bethlehem at the time in which Jesus was born. It helped me see the event more clearly. I'll even go as far as to say that some Biblical things "clicked" with me for the first time. And, I love that with scripture -- when things just suddenly stand out -- as if it's the first time you've read it.) I personally liked the chapter regarding the Star of Bethlehem the most. It included some astronomy which I like and was similar to a movie I saw several years back at the New York Planetarium in which they mentioned a bright constellation occurring in 7 B.C. Here as well, I read about the year in which Jupiter and Saturn were aligned (in 7 B.C.) to create a bright "star" and that Jupiter was considered a star of "royal" status; something the Magi would have known. Little particulars like that I found interesting.
One of the best explanations of the Nativity I have ever read. One of those "can't put down" books. We are studying it in our adult Sunday school class for the 5 weeks leading up to Christmas. As one lady said "I will never look at the Nativity the same way again!"
A great book by a great author. This is a new look at the story of Christ's birth. I'm using it as a guide for our Sunday Life Group. I led our first lesson today and I feel that our group enjoyed it and learned from it. Thought provoking and challenging.