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Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson, Nina Cochran , Terral Cochran


A visual artist’s unforgettable twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” using photographs of ordinary objects of trash — rusty rough-hewn nails, shards of glass, broken tools —sent along with messages of revenge against an enemy which are all sent back from the enemy assembled into a traditional Nativity crèche and an unexpected request from the enemy: Forgiveness. Author Sam Beeson asks us to completely change the paradigm of spending and gift-giving during the holidays and invites us to grant open-hearted forgiveness as the greatest gift we can offer during Christmas.


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.

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.
By lmurnc on October 20, 2015
MY REVIEW: 5/5 STARS ...
Christmas can bring out emotions that are hidden throughout the year and people change during the season. This book is amazing as it shows an example how people just do not really see each other the same way. The author came up with wonderful coorelations for each day of Christmas as he was a very angry and frustrating person towards his neighbor. After the 12 days, he receives a gift back - on the box- it states "forgive me" and he opens it. What he sees is amazing sight that showed a truly wonderful gift. The authors were very creative but the underlying premise is there. Christmas is a season for giving. Make it a forgiving season also this year and have a happy season with family and others. I would absoluting give this book as a gift to anyone who believes in Christ as it is a very special book and should be out every XMAS for everyone to remember!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629720623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629720623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
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