Item description for The Story of the Other Wise Man (Christian Classics - Meridian Pu) by Henry Van Dyke...
Overview Suppose...there was another wise man who, unable to join the three, nonetheless spent the rest of his life on the same quest; Caspar, Melchior, and Bathazar had agreed to wait ten days for Artaban, one of the Persian Magi, to journey from his home in Ecbatana. But they could wait no longer, for they must leave to pay homage to the promised one, the newborn King of Israel, whom the stars had foretold... This timeless classic, translated into numerous languages, has thrilled and deeply moved each generation of readers since its original, turn-of-the-century publication. Now re-issued in this deluxe edition, it will delight a fresh generation and bring fond recollection to those already familiar with the story.
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Studio: Paraclete Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1984
Publisher PARACLETE PRESS #810
Series Christian Classics - Meridian Pu
ISBN 0941478335 ISBN13 9780941478335
Availability 0 units.
More About Henry Van Dyke
Henry Jackson Van Dyke was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1852, the son of a prominent Presbyterian minister and his wife. After graduating from Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, van Dyke served as a university lecturer, a minister, and ambassador for the United States to the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. A prolific and world-renowned writer and poet, van Dyke drew from his love of nature and religion to eloquently express his thoughts on the beauty of the outdoors, the nobility of mankind, and the need for righteousness to be preserved. He passed away at the age of eighty in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Ellen, and several of his nine children at his bedside.
Dan Burr, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children s books, including "The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, "and "The Christmas Train.""
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Uplifting experiences Jan 9, 2007
The Other Wise Man truly puts things into perspective about to gain what one wants in life. It comes only through service to others & seeking to do something that makes a real difference in the lives of those around me. It isn't so much a case of being religious as realizing there are spiritual principles in life, that if observed, lead one to a fulfilling life by helping others in need. Do that & one will truly live a life with meaning & purpose.
Inspiring Tiny Tale. Sep 14, 2006
The Three Wise Men were members of the Magi who set out to find Jesus when the Star of Jerusalem appeared. They sought the King of Kings who would be the Prince of Peace and set things right in the world. During their journey they stopped at Herod, seeking direction and when the finally found Jesus, they gave him great gifts and went home by another route so as to confuse Herod from his plot to kill the child.
Besides what is recorded in the Bible, we really know very little about The Three Wise Men and the Magi of which the belonged. There are some speculations that can be made based upon snippets in the recorded historical recorded, but that is all and most stories about these individuals is conjecture. THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN is a tiny tale about a supposedly fourth Magi, name Artaban. The story was originally written at the end of the 19th Century (1896) and was supposedly given to preacher and professor Henry Van Dyke in a vision.
In the story, Artaban sets out on a journey to meet his fellow Magi as they travel forth the meet a holy Prince among the Hebrews. Selling all that he owned, Artaban was going to present the child with three precious jewels. However, along the way he stops to help a dying man and is left behind by his companions. Artaban spends the rest of his life seeking the child and hoping to at see and meet the Prince before he dies.
THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN is a touching and eloquent tale that could work as a sermon explaining and expounding the essence of Christianity through the life of a person well-lived. It is a lesson we could all learn from: "He knew that all was well, because he had done the best that he could, from day to day. He had been true to the light that had been given to him."
Wonderful story, mediocre production values, great gift Jun 24, 2006
This wonderful story, often preached as "The Story of the Fourth Wise Man," is beautifully written in the language and flow of another era. I give this book only four stars, however, because the book production values are mediocre. The paper and typeface aren't very good, and there are several typographical errors, which I think are inexcusable. Very much worth buying for yourself and as gifts, however, as a moving reminder of the true meaning of Christianity (and not just at Christmas).
Wonderful Jan 6, 2006
The full impact of this book does not hit you until the end of it. I found myself with tears in my eyes and a heart full of joy. This is a wonderful work that displays the true meaning of the Christmas season. Wonderful!
One of my two favorite Christmas books Dec 27, 2005
I have loved Van Dyke's classic story my whole life. In a short book he truly captures the Christmas spirit. Whlch leads me to my next point. (I thought I would be the first to mention this point---but I find that Nils Lundgren has beaten me to the punch.) I just wanted to say that my favorite Christmas book is "The Other Wise Man" and my second favorite is "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices." Like "The Other Wise Man," this book can be read in one sitting.