Saturday, December 8, 2012
Book Review: Asher of Bethlehem: The Story of a Young Beggar, His Best Friend, and the Birth of Extraordinary Child
When he guides two strangers to the inn owned by his best friend’s parents, a 15-year-old beggar sets in motion events that place him in grave danger before putting his life on a dramatic, new course. Readers will meet exciting heroes and treacherous villains, while gaining renewed inspiration from the story of Jesus’ birth. People of all ages will enjoy this stirring account of the adventure-loving youth who was in Bethlehem to witness—and take part in—one of the most important occurrences in recorded history.
We enjoyed this fresh take on the Nativity story and I found it very easy to turn into lesson plans as well. (I will link to them once I get them all typed up.) I read Asher of Bethlehem aloud to my girls, ages 11, 10 and 6 years. They loved seeing Asher's internal strength to overcome the obstacles life had placed in his path and the level of his faith. The story itself follows the Biblical stories of the birth of Christ, but the author used license to create several characters to give a different view of the way things were at that time. The language used in the book is very descriptive, and allows the reader to expand their vocabulary in an easy way. It makes a great family read-along, especially this time of year, but could also be read alone by an established reader (age 8+).
I received a free copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for my honest review.