[ Read ] ➯ Walking Backwards to Christmas Author Stephen Cottrell – Tactical-player.co.uk
Walking Backwards to Christmas is a devotional that I heard about last year when our curate from our neighboring parish raved about it during a service It brings a fresh take on the Christmas story, as it tells the story of some of those Bible characters that you wouldn t normally associate with the Nativity Such viewpoints include the wife of the innkeeper who offers his stable to Mary and Joseph and the distraught mother, Rachel, whose baby son is killed in Herod s massacre as he searches for the infant King This book does exactly what it says on the tin, it tells the entire story backwards, starting with the story of Anna who meets the infant Jesus in the Temple and ends with Moses I love having each chapter wrote in the first person from different Bible characters points of view, as it helps flesh out the verses that we thought we knew so well This is a book that I d go back and read throughout the year, not just at Advent. Though The Christmas Story Is Well Known, Most Of Us Have Learnt It From School Nativity Plays And Carols On The Whole, This Familiar Version Is Concerned With Light Than Darkness The Backwards Approach Taken Here Allows The Movement To Be In The Opposite Direction, Enabling Us To Get Under The Skin Of A Complex Narrative We Begin By Seeing Through The Eyes Of Anna, The Prophetess Followed By Rachel, Who Weeps For Her Children King Herod Casper, A Wise Men David, A Shepherd Martha, The So Named Innkeeper S Wife Joseph Elizabeth Mary Isaiah And, Finally, Moses Each Imaginative Reflection Is Prefaced By A Bible Reading And Followed By A Prayer It was great to read the Christmas story through the eyes of so many different characters in the bible, including some you don t really notice I know it was the idea to start at the end and work backwards as the title of the book suggests , and each chapter played off the one before the reason that the previous chapter came about was because and this lead to the subsequent chapter, even though you re going backwards however, it was strange to end at the beginning of the bible That aside, it was very easy to read and rather thought provoking. This is a beautifully written book The meditations are inspiring and are helpful in generating discussion with groups during Advent I loved both the title, and the Albert Herbert painting which is unusual and thought provoking The painting helps us to take the long view of God s redeemeing love for the world, as indeed so does the content of the book. If you think you know the Christmas stories think again For anyone to read but especially the bored Christian Liked the Isaiah and Moses perspective Found the Rachel chapter harrowing but it needs to be told again in our terrible world Liked the theme of fire and the portrayal of Mary Highly recommended. Another example of imaginative writing within orthodox Christian teaching by a humourous and engaging writer An imaginative reflection on the Christmas story where the writer has really considered the characters involved I have found it very spiritually helpful and will almost certainly read it again during Advent Excellent thought provoking book, giving some interesting observations on a familiar story Highly recommended.