What if you were visited by an angel one night who told you that you were to give birth to the Son of God? How would you feel? What might you think?
Written as a series of vivid and dramatic first-person accounts, The Promise and The Light tells the stories of Mary, Joseph and Zechariah as they experience the events of the first Christmas. Written in a lively and engaging style, this imaginative yet biblically faithful book will captivate children aged 8-12.
Readers will be able to get inside the hearts and minds of some of the key players in the Christmas story and will appreciate the power and excitement of what happened and why it is so amazing for us today.
With 25 chapters, readers may choose to read a chapter a day during Advent.
Notes at the back highlight the known facts versus the imaginative parts.
• 25 Chapters, each told from the point of view of Mary, Joseph or Zechariah
• Notes, unpacking Bible background of each chapter
Author, The Dawn of Redeeming Grace
We usually watch the Christmas story unfold from the outside looking in, as we see Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and then the wise men all arrive in Bethlehem. But what would it have looked like to be on the inside? Katy Morgan’s The Promise and the Light helps young readers imagine what it might have felt like for Mary and Joseph. And it leaves us hoping there will be a sequel describing what happened next!
Crosslands Training; Author, Enjoying God
Fed up with school nativities and sentimental Christmas cards? Then The Promise and the Light is for you. It’s a fantastic retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of those who witnessed it first-hand. It’s historically informed and beautifully reimagined. The result is an engrossing tale through which the message of Jesus shines.
Employing the voices of Mary, Joseph and Zechariah, Katy Morgan creates a lovely personal retelling of the Christmas narrative, carefully evoking the time and the place, and tying all that happens into God’s big story. Wonderful!
Managing Director, Risen Motherhood
As the mom of young readers, I’m always looking for books that stir their imagination while also pointing them to the Scriptures. This is such a book! The Promise and the Light is a wonderful retelling of the Christmas story through the eyes of the biblical characters. If you’re looking for a family read-aloud this Christmas, or for a book for your kids to read for themselves, this book captures the wonder of Christmas while retaining the power of the biblical narrative.
Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Author, The Christmas We Didn’t Expect
I can’t wait to read this book aloud with my kids this Advent. As a dad, I love the engaging narrative, alternating perspectives, and fleshing-out of Christmas truths to provoke curiosity. As a pastor, I love the notes in the back that give the bones of biblical truth and historical facts that give substance to the project. How critical, in a world of fairy tales, with many good ones on our shelves, that we drive home for our kids that this story is not make-believe. Katy unveils the truth and beauty of Christmas—both for our kids and for their parents.
Director, Faith in Kids; Author, The Adventure of Christmas
Fire your imagination with this story full of wonder, amazement, confusion and shock as you look through they eyes of Mary, Joseph and Zechariah at the first Christmas.