In #5 of the Chime Travelers series, Strangers at the Manger, siblings Patrick and Katie are helping out at the church on Christmas Eve when a new family arrives seeking refuge. The Perez family doesn't look like any of the other families in the parish and they appear to be just as puzzled over the community. When Katie and Patrick find themselves whisked back in time, this time together, they find themselves face to face with Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. The kids learn an important lesson about new friends and loving others, as they witness the birth of baby Jesus. Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years.
It's Christmas time at St. Anne parish, and a new family has arrived! The Perez family doesnt look like the other families in the parish. As five-year-old Mateo stares at Katie and Patrick, clutching his little stuffed burro, they see he's just puzzled about them. But it's Father Miguel's job to take care of them, right? Just then, a bell rings and the twins are swept up in another Chime Travel adventure, this time to find Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem.
This fresh yet authentic retelling of the biblical Infancy Narratives sheds new light on the life of the Holy Family. And when at last the Magi arrive, Katie asks Mary, "Are you sure you want all of these strangers around the baby?" Mary smiles. "Strangers are simply new friends, just waiting to be loved." Katie and Patrick think of the Perez family. Can they still make new friends for Christmas?
Lisa Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. In the Chime Travelers series for elementary school readers, Hendey reaches a new generation of young Catholics with her charming stories about the Brady twins, who travel through time to encounter some of the most beloved spiritual giants of all time. A gifted Catholic evangelist, Hendey travel nationally and internationally to share her love for Jesus with everyone she meets. Her articles appear in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.
"Through her gifted storytelling, Lisa Hendey truly makes the Holy Family come alive. This book will help you and your children see Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as real people who lived, worked, and prayed with simple and humble faith, not just figurines in your nativity set. In this world filled with consumerism, give your children the gift of understanding the true story of Christmas and the joy that comes with welcoming the stranger by sharing with them The Strangers at the Manger." Michele Faehnle, coauthor, Divine Mercy for Moms, Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina
"Lisa Hendey invites us to enter into the Christmas story with her beloved twin heroes, Patrick and Katie, as they learn firsthand how to welcome the stranger, share from the heart, and rekindle the joy of Jesuss birth. Through this festive, charming, and imaginative Chime Travelers book, the true meaning of Christmas will shine brightly in the hearts of children and parents alike." Sarah Damm, mom of six and editorial and marketing director for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization
"This latest adventure with Chime Travelers Patrick and Katie is rich with warmth and charm. Lisa Hendey gives us a story that manages not only to bring young imaginations to the realities of Christs birth, but also brings Christmas to life in the midst of our present-day experiences. Highly recommendedfor all ages!" Erin McCole Cupp, author, Unclaimed
"This is a fantastic book. It reminds me of the Ignatian spiritual exercises, but for kids! What a terrific way for children to engage in the faith and in the Bible more deeply!" Christine Johnson, Catholic mom and blogger at DomesticVocation.com