Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Review: Touching Wonder by John Blase

While I'm a huge fan of having markers in our lives and "festivals" times we celebrate significant events of our faith or national history, the disadvantage is that at times it all becomes a bit familiar. Especially when it's built into your life from a young age. I know I'm not alone. For anyone who has ever grown up on Bible stories, we sometimes forget that we believe these stories, that they happened to flesh and blood people who had less access to technology and historical accounts than ourselves.

I believe the Christmas story is true, every last detail as recorded in the Bible implausible though it seems, and yet sometimes they feel more like folk tales than truth.

What I love about the little book Touching Wonder is that John Blase tries to remind us that these were human beings, struggling with the same issues of faith we do, the same life and death circumstances. He opens each section with a passage from the Message of the Christmas story, and then includes some creative prose of what that person might have been thinking and feeling. There are some lovely drawings included along with hand written prayers. I read this little book relatively quickly, but it was perfect for this close to Christmas, and I found myself tearing up a bit as I read.

Rating: 4.25/5
Things You might Want to Know: This book is intended for Christians
Publisher: Cook
Source of Book: Received from publicist for review



Laughing Stars aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This sounds like a lovely book. Merry Christmas, Amy!

Sandy Nawrot said...

I love the Christmas story, the entire advent. My husband and I have a book of readings that we turn to each day of advent, and it is wonderful. Totally gets you in the true spirit of Christmas. This sounds wonderful. Thank you Amy!

Lisa said...

I just wanted to pop in here and say a very sincere MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family, Amy! Thank you for all you do for our book blogging community!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. I love the cover! I recently read Treasured by Leigh McLeroy and really enjoyed like you said, the stories we grew up with but brought to us in a way that reminded me that these stories are more than just words.

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