Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Mary & Joseph by Robert Marcum. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

This is a truly remarkable book. I was deeply touched when I read it and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. "Mary and Joseph" is a novel. It is historical fiction like "The Work and the Glory" series or many other examples. But yet, for me, when the Christmas story was put into a real life setting, where I could really envision what Mary must have felt and experienced, it came alive. I found myself crying as I thought about all of Mary's fears and feelings as a new mother and especially as the mother of THIS child. I marvelled at the timing of Jesus's birth. It had never occurred to me before that if Mary and Joseph had not gone to Bethlehem - her friends and family might have realized that this baby was earlier then he should have been and their lives could have been very different. I highly recommend this book as a wonderful addition to your Christmas book collection. I loved it.