Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: Asher of Bethlehem by Paul C. Spoor

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Asher is an orphan who became homeless. When the nights approached, he wasn’t allowed to sleep at his original home because his uncle and his family lived there, he was tossed out. During cold nights Asher would sleep in the stables without anybody knowing. He was given a job working for his best friend’s parents and even though he worked really hard he wasn't treated very well. His friend’s parents thought he wasn’t worthy of certain things since he was a beggar, even though he didn’t like begging and oftentimes didn’t do it. God did something wonderful with his life though when he was at the right place at the right time one day when he was working, this is how Jesus’ birth is brought into the story.

The purpose of this book is for the reader to look at the Biblical Nativity story in fresh ways. It is supposed to be a fictionalized story of what it might have been like for people who were around when Jesus was born. I think it would be beneficial to explain to children who have this book read to them or who read this book themselves that this is a made up story of what people who were around during the time of Jesus’ birth might have experienced. As an adult reading this story I understood that there is not a person named Asher included in Jesus’ birth story in the Bible but a child might have a hard time understanding that without it being explained to them. This story did open my mind up more to the star in Jesus’ birth story. I never really paid attention to that part of the story that much and it caused me to focus on it more and understand what it represented. Asher’s character can be a good example to many children that read this book. He often did things that showed he had a good heart in spite of the circumstances that he faced.

I received a complimentary copy of “Asher of Bethlehem” from BookCrash. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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