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The Very First Christmas [Hardcover]

By Paul L. Maier (Author) & Francisco Ordaz (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier & Francisco Ordaz...

Examines the Nativity story as the origin of Christmas, viewing it in both scriptural and secular contexts

Publishers Description
1999 Gold Medallion winner. Christopher learns the Real Christmas story when he asks his mom to tell him only true stories.

Awards and Recognitions
The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier & Francisco Ordaz has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1999 Winner - Elementary Children category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Concordia Publishing House
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 10.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2001
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  5-10
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0570050642  
ISBN13  9780570050643  

Availability  12 units.
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More About Paul L. Maier & Francisco Ordaz

Paul L. Maier Dr. Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. His novels include two historical documentaries — Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome — as well as A Skeleton in God’s Closet, a theological thriller that became a #1 national bestseller in religious fiction when it first released. Sequels, More than a Skeleton and The Constantine Codex, followed in 2003 and 2011.

His nonfiction works include In the Fullness of Time, a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; Josephus: The Essential Works, a new translation / commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and Eusebius: The Church History, a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than five million of Maier’s books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

Dr. Maier lectures widely, appears frequently on national radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children’s books and hosted six video seminars dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church, and current Christianity.

Paul L. Maier lived in the state of Michigan. Paul L. Maier was born in 1662 and died in 1752.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Nonfiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Bible > Stories

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Reviews - What do customers think about Very First Christmas?

Beautifully written work  Feb 16, 2007
The author puts story of Christ's birth into realistic words to help a parent explain the historical questions surrounding Jesus' birth.
DANGER, Will Robinson, DANGER  Nov 23, 2006
WARNING: Look carefully at the title listed above before ordering. this site is listing the same reviews for both Maier's "The First Christmas" and his children's book "The Very First Christmas." "The First Christmas" is NOT the children's book "The Very First Christmas" as suggested in most of the reviews and this site's own description. It is actually a book for adults. It is an interesting archaeological study of the story of Christmas, but it is NOT a children's book.
Very detailed book; awesome illustrations but for older kids  Dec 7, 2005
This book is about the birth of Jesus Christ and more. The book breaks apart each section of the story from the gospel of Luke. It's actually a story within a story of a mom teaching her son about the real meaning of Christmas. Your kids will learn about the naming of the months of July and August and the greek word for Carpenter, etc. It's a great book but for older kids. The illustrations are so life like. Well worth the money and it will be a book that can be read for years.
It's Good  Feb 4, 2002
I was a student of Dr. Maier's, and I found this book easy to understand and read. It's informative while keeping a level of humor and wit to it.
This book returns the Christmas focus to where it belongs  Dec 8, 2001
This Gold Medallion Book Award title (for excellence in Evangelical Christian literature) is easy to overlook, since it appears to be yet another illustrated account of the birth of Jesus. Instead, what we have here is a recognized historian writing a kid-friendly book explaining some of the historical context of the Nativity story by having a mother answer her inquisitive child's many questions.

As Christopher's mom reads from gospel of St. Luke, chapter 2, she responds to her eight-year old son's questions about Caesar Augustus, registering for the census, why Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ, why God chose Mary to be Jesus' mother, how old she might have been, where she lived, the lineage of King David, why Christmas is celebrated on December 25, what the stable was like, why there wasn't any room at the inn, why the shepherds were terrified at the sight of the angel, and how St. Luke knew "all this stuff."

This book is highly recommended to Christians of all traditions, as well as to non-Christian families who may be curious about what's really behind the Christmas story. As the author states in his brief introduction, many "children's Christmas books are often long on fancy and short on fact." I would agree when he says, "these pages...return the Christmas focus to where it belongs." The gospel story is no fairy tale, and here Paul L. Maier places it within the context of history, so children like Chris in this story can learn "about real people and real things that really happened."


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