The Story

This little story was born of a desire to tell my future children the biblical account of Christmas in a way that would elicit curiosity and wonder and joy. At the same time, being one of many in a long line of educators, I couldn’t help but conceive the text as a teachable moment in disguise. To that end, I’ve included some forty biblical references, many of which are direct quotations spoken by the Angel Gabriel, Mary, Elizabeth, King Herod, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men.

I hope and pray that parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, caregivers and siblings and teachers and friends will always tell the story of the Nativity at Christmas. For it is, after all, a children’s story…and to such as these belongs the Kingdom of God.*

*Lk 18:15-17

Pictured is a selection of pages from The Christmas Word. The full story can be found in the iTunes & Kindle Stores.
 
He spoke with joy of the child, a Son would she bear;
A Son and a Saviour – an answer to prayer.
A Son of the Most High and Jesus his name,
Of David’s own house, a throne he would claim.*

*Lk 1:32-33

Scriptural References

The Christmas Word contains over forty scriptural references, taken from the unique accounts of Matthew, Luke, and John, creating a single interwoven narrative.

For Children of All Ages

While the story takes a whimsical, child-like tone, the richness of both the text and the artwork provide children and adults with opportunities for further learning and spiritual reflection.

Classical Artwork

Each poetic stanza rests on the backdrop of some of the most famous pieces of Christian art ever created, by such masters as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, and Rembrandt, producing a stunning and illustrative tapestry.

Inspiring Prose

Readers will quickly recognize in The Christmas Word the lyrical narrative quality akin to two famous Christmas classics: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas & How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

 

“Be not afraid! And have you no fear!
For I bring you good news to be preached far and near,
Of great joy to all people which comes with this Word:
For to you a Savior is born, Christ the Lord.*”

*Lk 2:10-12

The Author

Sure, I fancy myself a writer. And a dreamer. And a decent amateur photographer. And a newlywed and homesteader. And a high school Theology teacher. And I pretend to play the guitar and speak a little Spanish and would wager I have about 10,000 completely irrelevant movie lines memorized from such cinematic masterpieces as Dumb and Dumber, The Goonies, and When Harry Met Sally. But first and foremost, I am a son of the Father and a disciple of His Son, Jesus Christ. And secondly, I am husband to my beautiful wife and father to our daughter, Edith Thérèse, to whom, someday soon, around Christmastime, I will read this book. That's why I wrote it: to share with my children the biblical account of Christmas in a way that would elicit curiosity and wonder and joy and faith. I hope and pray that parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, caregivers and siblings and teachers and friends will always tell the story of the Nativity to their precious little ones at Christmas. For it is, after all, a children's story...and to such as these belongs the Kingdom of God.
 
For from the very beginning the Word was with God.1
And the Word was God, think you this not so odd!
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,2
To save us from sin, and preparing us thus:
To be children of our Father in heaven above,
Who sent His own son in an abundance of love.
So that all who believe might not perish in strife,
But through God’s grace and mercy have eternal life.3

1 Jn 1:1 | 2 Jn 1:18 | 3 Jn 3:16

Public Readings

I would be honored to share The Christmas Word with your school, church, ministry, or other group. Please contact me to schedule a reading, to find out more about the story, or with any other questions you may have.

309.212.8247   brian@phinkink.com

   

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