Seeker of Stars by Susan Fish

Picked up the novella Seeker of Stars by Susan Fish for free for my Kindle (from David C Cook publishers) because, um, free books.  And then I decided to read it because I am fascinated by stories surrounding the Magi and is it after all Christmastime.

Seeker of StarsAs a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

It turned out to be a quick and enjoyable read. It has a simplicity to it but I felt like it captured the characters well and gave the reader some sense of what it might be like to live in that time and place. It also includes some interesting exploration of relationships and family life.

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Seeker of Stars by Susan Fish

Picked up the novella Seeker of Stars by Susan Fish for free for my Kindle (from David C Cook publishers) because, um, free books.  And then I decided to read it because I am fascinated by stories surrounding the Magi and is it after all Christmastime.

Seeker of StarsAs a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

It turned out to be a quick and enjoyable read. It has a simplicity to it but I felt like it captured the characters well and gave the reader some sense of what it might be like to live in that time and place. It also includes some interesting exploration of relationships and family life.

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Revelation of the Magi by Brent Landau

For those of you scoring at home, I have been in a bit of a reading funk of late and so am attempting to read some books that are outside my recent reading habits. Carry On.

While on a visit to the local library I stopped by the Friends of the Library store.  I quickly spotted a book that I needed wanted to add to my home library.  As it happens I had no cash on me and the store has a rule that in order to accept credit cards their must be a minimum $5 purchase.  As a result I had to find a couple more books.

Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem was one of those books I picked up.

Each Christmas, adults and children alike delight at the story of the kings from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem to offer gifts to the newborn Christ. While this familiar tale is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, another little-known version later emerged that claimed to be the eyewitness account of the wise men. This ancient manuscript has lain hidden for centuries in the vaults of the Vatican Library, but through the determined persistence of a young scholar, Brent Landau, this astonishing discovery has been translated into English for the very first time as the Revelation of the Magi.

Everything we know about the wise men is based on only a few verses from the Bible. With the Revelation of the Magi, we can now read the story from the Magi’s perspective. Readers will learn of the Magi’s prophecies of God’s incarnation from the beginning of time, their startling visitation in the form of a star, the teachings they receive from the baby Jesus, and the wise men’s joyous return to their homeland to spread the good news.

After returning home I decided, what the heck, and decided to just start reading.  It turned out to be a short and rather fascinating read. A bit esoteric and scholarly but intriguing.

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