Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson

Today I'd like to share one of the most unusual Christmas books I've seen. A Rare Nativity is a collection of photographs accompanying a poem on the unexpected twist of the 12 Days of Christmas.
At first read, I'll be honest, I thought the book was a little strange with its pictures of garbage and short prose but then the twist and beautiful display at the end of the book offered a unique look at how we might forgive our enemies and serve each other this Christmas.

Here's the book blurb:
We have all heard the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, and we have all seen the traditional Christmas crèche. Now, author Sam Beeson and photographers Nina and Terral Cochran combine these two classic Christmas icons to create A Rare Nativity.
Upon reading the first lines of the book, it is clear the narrator holds a bitter grudge as he sends his enemy crude and discarded gifts: On the first night of Christmas I gave my enemy a briar from a tanglewood tree. On the second night of Christmas I gave my enemy two rotten eggs.
Night after night the gifts pile up shards of glass, rusty nails, gnarled twigs, and more. What the narrator s enemy decides to do with each of these odious gifts is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. The photographic creation of the rare nativity at the end of the book is both a work of art and a wonder to behold.
 A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson with photography by Nina & Terral Cochran

 Here's a photo display of what you can expect in this Christmas picture book.

About the Author

Sam Beeson teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and English at American Fork High School. He and his wife, Sarah, have five children and one dog. Sam tries to write something every day and enjoys playing Grammar Punk.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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