My Review of A RARE NATIVITY:
In A RARE NATIVITY, Sam Besson has penned lessons to everyone. No matter what we're given, we have the power to imagine a better outcome through our attitude. Using the text of The Gospel of Matthew 5:43-44, Besson uses poetry and photos to illustrate the meaning. My hope is that we can take Mr. Besson's message with us into the new year. Please be warned that this is not a book per se, but an illustrated poem that delivers powerful messages: return good for evil, forgive others, do good, life is what we make it.
A 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.
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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