New! Birth of the Chosen One
ISBN: 9781514007020
32 Pages
Published by InterVarsity Press

New! Birth of the Chosen One

A Fresh Retelling of the Christmas Story!

by Terry M. Wildman, Holly and Hannah Buchanan

A Fresh Retelling of the Christmas Story!

When they arrived, the time for Bitter Tears to have her child was upon her! But no place could be found in the lodging house, so He Gives Sons found a sheep cave where it was warm and dry.

There, Bitter Tears gave birth to her son. They wrapped him in a soft, warm blanket and laid him on a baby board. Then they placed him on a bed of straw in a feeding trough.

Every year at Christmas, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus—the Chosen One. Birth of the Chosen One is a unique retelling of this familiar story since it is an adaptation of the Gospel of Luke from the First Nations Version.

Birth of the Chosen One includes:

  • The story of Jesus told in the tradition of Native storytellers’ oral cultures
  • A dynamic equivalence translation of the Christmas story that helps readers of all ages experience Scripture in a fresh and new way
  • Illustrations from Native artists Hannah and Holly Buchanan
  • A note from the author to encourage further conversation between children and the adults who read with them

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Terry Wildman has inherited a gift from his sacred-story-telling ancestors, and it is nowhere more on display than in his theologically test-worthy and thought-provoking retelling of the Christmas story.

Birth of the Chosen One is worthwhile not only for those of First Nations descent, but also for those who have heard the story of Jesus’ first advent over and over again.

It reads like an authentic First Nation’s legend while illuminating the meaning and significance of the enduring story in surprising ways.

I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend Terry’s spinning of the Messiah’s birth-tale.

Rev. Nathan Long

Abbot, St. Patrick’s-by-the-Rivers Anglican Community

In “The Birth of the Chosen One” Terry Wildman tells the familiar story of the birth of Jesus Christ in the speaking style of Native American culture. It is a refreshing narrative with beautiful art work that helps tell the story. This will be a great way for families to share the Christmas story together, setting the stage for family discussions about our Native American friends. Wildman’s use of the meaning of names (for both people and places) throughout the story will engage you, capturing you to think about the key characters in a more personal way. Great for children, great for adults! Both the narrative and the art work make this book a delightful gift to give or receive.

Dr. Carolyn Allen

Heartland Church, Fort Wayne Indiana