‘A Stable Birth’

"A Stable Birth." June G. Paul. Poynette, Wis.: Lovstad Publishing, 2014. 92 pp.

“A Stable Birth.” June G. Paul. Poynette, Wis.: Lovstad Publishing, 2014. 92 pp.

“A Stable Birth” (Lovstad Publishing, 2014)  is a story about the birth of Jesus. It’s not your typical Christmas pageant story. Covering only the first 24 hours or so of Jesus’ birth, this story focuses on the faith and courage of Mary and Joseph.

Mary is in the final stages of labor as they enter town for the census. Joseph looks for a place to stay, and a kind innkeeper offers his stable. While Joseph is preparing a place for Mary to deliver their son, he recalls his reaction on the day Mary came to tell him she was with child:

“He hadn’t believed a word she told him until later that evening. … And now, here they were together tonight. She had been considered ‘able’ by God to bring His Son, Immanuel, into this world , into their family, their families” (“A Stable Birth,” p. 12.)

Mary and Joseph fall asleep after Jesus is delivered. The author shifts the attention of the reader to the shepherds in the fields. After tending their sheep, they settled down for the night when an angel announces the savior has been born. Those who heard the message run off to find the savior. Joseph is protective of Mary and Jesus, interrogating the shepherds until he is certain they mean no harm. Mary and Joseph allow them in to see Jesus, after which they return to the sheep and the one shepherd who had stayed behind. In the morning the innkeeper and his wife come to the stable for breakfast. Later in the day Joseph recounts to the innkeeper the details about who Jesus and Mary are. He, in turn, has to find a way to let his wife know who Jesus is and the importance of keeping the news to themselves for now.

“A Stable Birth” can be ordered here.

“Author Paul brings the biblical story to life in a good page turner. She also includes questions for discussion for readers to use for education and formation purposes. This is a book for people who might have wondered what it was like to be Mary and Joseph during and after Jesus’ birth. It is for people with curiosity about the shepherds who came to see Jesus, and even for those who might have thought about an innkeeper who does not appear in the Gospel but is important to the telling of Paul’s story.” — Kathy Whitt, “Whitticisms” blog

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