For my last book review in December, I wanted to review the most Christmas-y book I own, The Nativity Story by Angela Hunt. I think the title is pretty self explanatory but just in case you’re not familiar with Christian teachings, this book is about the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus. I am a Christian so I consider this book to be historical fiction based on real events but you’re free to feel otherwise. I would give a spoiler warning but I think this story is pretty well known, lol. Let’s get into the review!
Based on the major motion picture, “The Nativity Story” is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith. Best-selling author Angie Hunt, who most recently wrote “Magdalene, ” a historical fiction novel of the story of Mary Magdalene that was tied to “The Da Vinci Code” movie, now focuses on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She has adapted the screenplay for “The Nativity Story” into a powerful, historical novel. Her moving novelization of this film tells the extraordinary tale of two common people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, an arduous journey, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy, Hunt tells how from humble beginnings, great things can come.
The Nativity Story has been one of my favorite books since I first read it over ten years ago. It’s told primarily from the point of view of Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, there are also parts from the point of view of Joseph, Mary’s fiance, and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Hunt sticks close to the Biblical scriptures and what we know of Mary while filling in all the emotions that Mary surely felt; along with details about the world around her. She was an unmarried and pregnant young woman during a time in history when that would have been unacceptable, even worthy of death. Even though Mary had total faith in God, I’m sure she had fears and those human emotions are what is shown in this story. Hunt beautifully portrays Mary overcoming those fears and her transformation from ordinary girl into the mother of God.
I love this book and recommend it but I recommend the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ birth more. You can read the version told in the book of Mathew here and the version told in the book of Luke here. Let me know if this books sounds like one you’d enjoy or what book you’re currently reading! Thanks for reading and have a great day!