The First Christmas: A Story of New Beginnings (by Stephen Mitchell) … it had unfulfilled potential

The premise of this book caught my attention and had me looking forward to reading it. The birth of Christ is told through the characters present that holy night … including the ox and donkey. There were some moments of humor and, unfortunately, I imagine many Christians will be offended by the way the story is portrayed. The chapters did not flow well and seemed to jump between character views and author’s philosophical/religious opinion. It had so much potential and I am sad at the presentation that resulted.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Essentials for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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