The Christmas Journey

The eighty mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.Accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered illustrations throughThe eighty mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.Accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered illustrations throughout, Donna VanLiere s retelling shows that the story of the Nativity is alive in our modern world, and a journey that began than two thousand years ago is still the most powerful series of events ever to touch the minds and hearts of people everywhere.
The Christmas Journey The eighty mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history As books go out of print and stories fade from memory the journey of Joseph and

  • Title: The Christmas Journey
  • Author: Donna VanLiere
  • ISBN: 9780312613723
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Christmas Journey”

    1. Reviewed for THC ReviewsSo much can get lost in the commercial hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday that it's nice to take a step back and remember the real reason for the season. That's exactly what Donna VanLiere has endeavored to accomplish in The Christmas Journey. The story of the nativity is familiar to millions worldwide, but nativity scenes have become so sweet and perfect, how often do we really think about that arduous journey that Joseph and Mary undertook? This book begins with [...]

    2. Interesting take on the traditional Christmas story. We (believers) don't often consider the details of what it must have been like in reality for the teenage Mary, young mother of the Savior of all mankind. In the Jewish society of her day, it would have been a terrible thing indeed to be unmarried and pregnant. Most of her village neighbors would likely have judged immediately that she had broken God's laws of moralitywrongly, of course, but unknowingly. Two things I didn't care for about this [...]

    3. This short book describes a little of what it must have really been like for Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem with Mary ready to give birth. Having had 5 children it made me appreciate the reality of what they must have gone through. Traveling eighty miles on the back of a donkey just days before having a baby, no thank you. What a miserable journey that must have been. iamareadernotawriter.

    4. Written as a narrative for a church banquet several years ago, The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere invites readers to break away from the consumerism and industrial marketing of Christmas. This simple yet profound book takes us back to the true meaning of Christmas and helps readers regain their focus as to what the season is really all about Beautiful illustrations accompany the lyrical text which retells the birth of Christ as recorded in Luke, Chapter 2. Though I’ve read the Christmas s [...]

    5. This is the retelling of the story of the birth of Christ. It is told in a manner to help us understand the discomfort and pain that Mary went through. The book gives the story from the Bible in the beginning then retells it in a more modern way.I like this. Sometimes it is easy to whitewash over the pain and the fact that Jesus was born in a barn. This brings to life the reality part. The pain, the smells and the lack of simple comforts. I will remember this retelling of a very familiar story.

    6. So we are all familiar with the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus but what version of this story are you familiar with? There is only one true story. With Christmas being so commercialized like any other holiday, we may all sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas. Author, Donna Van Liere helps reminds us with The Christmas Journey. The Christmas Journey is the perfect story to share with everyone. The pictures were nice. Mrs. Van Liere really brought to life the story of May, J [...]

    7. Donna VanLiere always give us something for Christmas that is fantastic. The Christmas Journey is the retelling of the Nativity Story but with a much more realistic presentation. As she says, "No glamorized, sanitized, commercialized version". From cow patties to scratchy, smelly hay to an anxious, unprepared husband, accompanied by wonderful illustrations, this story tells of the birth of the Christ child with truth and reality. It is a very short read (about 30 mins), and I think would be a wo [...]

    8. A perfect book that depicts the true meaning of Christmas and what really happened on that holiest of nights in Bethlehem

    9. This book isn't what I expected. I should have read the jacket a little closer before I started reading.If I had, I wouldn't have picked it up.I've no issue with her writing ability. The problem I have is with the story itself. As a rule I don't read stories where someone takes a biblical story and 'enhances' it with narrative, emotions, and events that aren't recorded in the bible. It feels very wrong to me. At the very least it's arrogant to think that we can know what happened or how people f [...]

    10. What a great reminder that Mary DID deliver our Savior and felt the pains that we do through childbirth. More so since she was in a stable on the floor instead of a bed somewhere with modern conveniences. I am so grateful for her and for Joseph who patiently and lovingly stayed by her side and helped as he could.

    11. I think EVERY PERSON ALIVE should read this book! It puts the Christmas story in a much more accurate but less pretty light. God really inspired her to write this. It’s very short, so it wo’t take much time, but I would seriously encourage everyone to read it.

    12. This is a very touching and inspirational re-telling of the Nativity through the eyes of Mary and Joseph on their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much meaning and symbolism to this story. I have added this to my list of Christmas must-reads.

    13. A realistic portrayal of the first Christmas when Christ was born. A wonderful reminder that it wasn't a simple or easy time for Mary, Joseph, or our soon-to-be Savior.

    14. This is a beautiful little book. It really brings the nativity story to life. The audio is narrated by the author who does a wonderful job.

    15. Donna VanLiere's "The Christmas Journey" is a very quick if yet unnecessary book that retells in an abbreviated form the story of Mary & Joseph's trip to Bethlehem & the birth of Christ. In very short fashion the book goes into a bit more detail about what the actual emotions that both experienced up to the point of the arrival of their new baby & reminds we the reader that this event was about as normal as it could be despite other writings to the contrary. There is also a long pref [...]

    16. This is a re-telling and elaboration of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. This age-old story is given a more personal outlook by describing the era and the thoughts of Joseph and Mary. Joseph's fears about the immaculate conception and his fears about how to raise the Son of God. Mary is very serene even while she is in a lot of pain from the labor. People have not changed throughout the ages thinking the worse of Mary and her pregnancy before wedlock.The illustrations by Mich [...]

    17. A short, but sweet story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. This little story took out the sanitized version of the trip to Bethlehem and the birth in a stable that most people think of when seeing a manger scene. This story brought to light the fear the young couple had on the long journey, knowing a baby was on the way very soon. They had been ostracized and ridiculed by almost everyone in their village. Mary was a very young girl and was putting all her trust in [...]

    18. From a literary standpoint, this little book is nothing special, but its subject matter is. Yet another retelling of a well-known story, The Christmas Journey is a nice version that includes the thoughts of Mary and Joseph as they start out from Nazareth and ends with the birth of Jesus. The illustrations that accompany the text do a nice job, and make this a book that would be good to read to young children during the holidays. All in all, a neat little read. I give it three stars because, whil [...]

    19. The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere is a thin book, perfect for getting you ready for the holidays. Accompanied by stunning watercolors by Michael Storrings, she retells the classic story of the journey to Bethlehem and nativity through the eyes of Mary and Joseph, making them real people with fears, hopes, and dreams. Reading the story of two young people put into an impossible situation and how they trusted God to carry them through it is inspiring. VanLiere, who is best known for her Chri [...]

    20. Monday, December 6, 2010The Christmas Journey Donna VanLiereIllustrated by Michael StorringsSt Martin's PressISBN 978-0-312-61372-3FictionReviewed by Cindy LovenThe Christmas Journey is Donna VanLiere telling the greatest story ever told in her own words and voice. A gorgeous little book, with lovely graphics and pictures. A book simple enough to be enjoyed by children, but not too simple to be enjoyed by adults. Just a beautiful story, really told from the perspective of Joseph. A beautiful dis [...]

    21. I became a huge fan of Donna VanLiere's Christmas Hope series last year, when I received a copy of The Christmas Secret for review. Since then, I have acquired a copy of each book in the series although I've not had the chance to read them and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review The Christmas Journey.This is a quick read that is loaded with history and the true meaning of Christmas. I handed it to Bug when I was finished and she read it in one sitting. It puts the journey of Mary [...]

    22. I don't know how this book slipped past me when it first came out, considering I love all of Mrs. Van Liere's books some how I missed reading this one. Its now apart of my collection. In a time where Christmas is such a commercialized affair. This story reminds you just why we celebrate, the birth of our Lord. In todays times where there are all these comfort measures for pregnancy & birth, sweet Mary had none of that, and baby Jesus although a King had none of the luxuries that's babies tod [...]

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