Posted by: Don Bemis | April 25, 2010


My third manuscript is submitted but not yet accepted. The publisher is more than a little busy.

This one is somewhat different from the others. I haven’t tried historical fiction before, and the characters are not ones I care to take a lot of liberties with.


What was Mary really like? Ask Rivka the gossip. She’ll happily tell you, even if she doesn’t know.

Poor Zechariah! Fifty years old, his wife is expecting, and a pregnant teenager has moved in. How does he get a word in edgewise? He doesn’t. That’s what you get for arguing with an angel.

What would a childless old priest do if an angel promised him a baby? How would a girl react to a humiliating role in history’s greatest miracle? What was the world really like then? How could such a story possibly be true?

All that we know about Jesus’ birth and childhood is told in four chapters of the Bible. Those chapters contain such unusual events and characters that they read like a fairy tale. By seeing how things could actually fit together with recorded history, the truth may become easier to believe. Take a few ordinary donkeys and brothers. Toss in some real tyrants and invented thieves. Let uninvited angels stir it up, and get ready for excitement!


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