Book Review & Giveaway: A Rare Nativity by Sam Besson

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A Rare NativityA Rare Nativity (32 pages) by Sam Besson

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.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

A Rare Nativity is a unique book that puts a new twist on the Twelve Days of Christmas. When the narrator starting sending those awful gifts to his enemy, I thought how sad that he twisted Christmas into something so horrible. But the joke was on him! What his enemy did with the “gifts” was incredible. It was not only a work of art but something from the heart.

I like how the narrator realized that he how ugly he had been when he sent all those gifts. It was a wonderful way to teach him a lesson.

I definitely recommend this book for anyone and everyone. It would make an amazing Christmas gift.



About the Author

Sam Beeson gives himself annual writing assignments. In 2005, he wrote a poem a day. In 2007, he wrote about his wife every day. In 2015, each day he wrote a handwritten letter to someone new. Sam teaches high school English and loves reading the journals of his ancestors.



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