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My First Message/Christmas Story [Paperback]

By Eugene Peterson (Author)
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Pages   24
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.84" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 14, 2008
Publisher   NavPress Publishing Group
Age  2-8
ISBN  1600062768  
EAN  9781600062766  

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Item Description...
The story of Christmas comes alive! This new release from the My First Message collection includes:

Three Christmas Bible stories
a 24-page, illustrated mini-book
CD audio track with story narration
Read/Think/Pray/Live components
Two children?s sing-along songs

Children will be able to read along to their favorite My First Message Bible stories as the CD narrates.

Publishers Description
The story of Christmas comes alive This fun-filled book includes three Christmas Bible stories, a 24-page, illustrated mini-book, a CD audio track with story narration, and sing-along songs.

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More About Eugene Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson Eugene H. Peterson (born November 6, 1932), is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language[1] (Navpress Publishing Group, 2002), a contemporary translation of the Bible.

Peterson was born in East Stanwood, Washington and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees. In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana.

Eugene H. Peterson currently resides in Vancouver. Eugene H. Peterson was born in 1932.

Eugene H. Peterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Experiencing God
  2. First Book Challenge
  3. Growing in Christ
  4. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  5. Message

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Doesn't Dumb Things Down  Dec 2, 2009
Eugene H. Peterson's paraphrased version of the Bible, The Message, was a huge bestseller. Now NavPress is offering several of the stories from The Message paraphrase in the form of children's books. The Christmas Story is one of those offerings.

The book begins with Luke 1, when an angel visits Zachariah to tell him he'll soon have a son named John. We read about the angel visiting Mary, about Mary and Elizabeth visiting each other, and about John's birth.

The next chapter covers Luke 2, where Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem, and baby Jesus is born. The angel speaks to the shepherds and they visit the Christ child. The book closes with Matthew 2, where the wise men visit first king Herod, then baby Jesus in his parent's house.

Throughout, there are questions to ask children as you read, as well as moments to pause and reflect and pray. There is also an accompanying CD where the story is read by a young woman and a praying mantis "buddy" is featured at the end of each chapter.

What I Like: The language in this book is not the sort typically found in children's picture books. There are many books out there offering the Christmas story in simpler words. However, I don't think this is a negative; in fact, for older children, or children who enjoy a larger vocabulary, Peterson's The Christmas Story is refreshing. Things aren't dumbed down.

This books also offers more information about John the Baptist and the Maji than most children's books. I must also compliment Peterson on his accuracy. There were several times I thought he had the story wrong, but when I checked my Bible, I found I was the one in error.

And while I'm not a huge fan of the sculpted cartoon illustrations in this book, my experience tells me Rob Corley and Tom Bancroft's illustrations are exactly what many kids like. MMany parents will appreciate that people of many skin colors are depicted.

What I Dislike: If you're not ready to explain what a virgin is, this is not the book for you.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Kristina Seleshanko
Christian Children's Book Review

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