Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Touching Wonder by John Blase

A tiny book, it might easily be overlooked on the bookstore shelf. But take a moment. Pick it up. Begin to read and you will see why Touching Wonder by John Blase has been highly acclaimed. On the cover flap, Thom Lemmons says - "This is the incarnation as real as it gets."

The book transports the reader to that time long ago, when characters like Zachariah and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary all encountered their God in new ways that would change their lives and the lives of everyone they knew, forever.

This is a book that could change your life. It is a re-telling of an old, old story in fresh and startling ways, with the help of The Message by Eugene Peterson. If you think there is nothing in the story of Christmas that can surprise and delight you, think again. The story comes alive in this book, through the eyes and minds of the characters, and the reader is brought to new understanding, fresh faith and deep joy as the story unfolds.

A great gift for anyone on your Christmas list.




You are invited to visit uReadBooks.com to listen to this new Christmas audio special!


uReadBooks presents:

Touching Wonder -
A Christmas Radio Special



Does it seem like you have heard the Christmas story a few too many times for it to still hold the wonder that it once had? With his instant classic, Touching Wonder, author John Blase breathes new life into the story of the Nativity. Just in time for the holiday season, uReadBooks.com presents a half hour Christmas special featuring excerpts from this new book.


About the book:

Little children understand how amazing the Nativity story is. But, sometimes, as we become men and women, we put away the childlike with the childish. The result? We lose something vital—the wonder of it all. When author John Blase went looking for the lost wonder of Christmas, he went back to the place he’d last seen it—the stories from Luke 1-2. What he found fills the pages of his new book, Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas (David C Cook, September 2009), with flesh and bone and dust and night and a baby’s cry; the intimate union of human and divine—the Incarnation.


By boldly imagining the first two chapters of the gospel of Luke, writer, editor, and former pastor John Blase has created an instant classic for Christmastime. In a tale that reads like a novel parallel parked by the record of Scripture, Blase beckons those who could use a little wonder in their lives to step onto the stage of history and witness the long awaited coming of the Messiah. With Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation as his backdrop, Blase adds his own voice and commentary to the historic events, exploring the renowned drama from an array of viewpoints.


In Touching Wonder, readers will meet a cast of unruly unlikelies—a frightened teenaged girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd, even an angel or two—moving toward the realization that the little one just born is the One. This imaginative retelling of the grand miracle will leave readers wide-eyed, slack-jawed, and heart-full. The Lord is come!


In this lovely and distinctive book to be read…and re-read…and pondered in the heart, young and old will recapture the wonder of the Christmas story by seeing through the eyes of those who lived it. The book’s graceful design and Amanda Jolman’s beautiful line drawings combine to make this a thoughtful Christmas gift as well as a wonder that families will treasure for years to come.


Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas

by John Blase


David C Cook/September 2009

http://www.davidccook.com/


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