I know it is a little early to be thinking of Christmas, at least that is what I would tell you if you mentioned it, but when The Nativity Collection arrived in the mail it reminded me of fond Christmas memories from years past. Some of the most delightful memories that I can recall revolve around stories. For our family Christmas was a time of telling and retelling stories that warmed the heart and reminded each of us the true meaning of Christmas.

The Nativity Collection by Robert J. Morgan is a lovely hardcover book that holds within its pages six original stories of Christmas, centred around the Nativity. Though diverse, each story takes the reader on a journey that brings new perspective to the characters and meaning of Christmas. Morgan, a Nashville pastor, has been collecting these tales over the years, writing and sharing with his church a new story each holiday season.

It was the tradition of story that drew me to this book initially, the desire to have my own books of Christmas tales to read to those in our home at Christmas. Though there were two or three stories that I felt we a little weak or would not be appropriate for all ages, I did enjoy my read through this book.

While the seemingly stock photos that have been placed as illustrations for each story are often delightful, at times they seem quite disconnected to the story they are depicting and don’t seem to carry the theme presented by the cover. Though it was a light read, which is sometimes nice during the busy holiday rush, most of the stories it contains are lovely but not memorable. All in all, it would be a great book to have in a collection of Christmas stories but not one that should be chosen if you are hoping to read these stories to young children, though it could make a lovely hostess gift, just remove the dust jacket first as it doesn’t fit properly.

*Note: This book was provided free of charge from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program.

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