Author Katy Morgan’s lively, biblically-sound storytelling brings to life the Christmas narrative, relying on the gospel stories—what we know for certain—and imaginatively illuminating her book with what is known about the period of history preceding Jesus’ birth and afterward. Morgan relates—from her perspective, based on her biblical and historical research—Joseph, Mary, and Zechariah’s first-person accounts. As the three relay their present circumstances, they also recall Israel’s history and the ways God had faithfully worked in the lives of his children to fulfill the promise Isaiah foretold through the surprising birth of the Son of God as a baby: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned,” (Isaiah 9:2).
In extensive chapter-by-chapter notes, Morgan expounds on the Bible passages she used, the historical details she incorporated, and the fictional characters she included. Geared to children ages 8-12, the book’s 25 chapters can be read daily through the Christmas season for individual or family devotions, or in one sitting. (The Good Book Company)