This is a new take on the Christmas story. It reminded me a lot of an episode of Adventures in Odyssey (Focus on the Family) because it started with a modern day story and then transitioned to the first Christmas in Bethlehem. Mary’s Son is a story of two kids from different sides of the tracks who encountered a man, Nicholas, who claimed to be Santa Clause. Each kid encountered Santa differently. For Sarah Stone, a spoiled but lonely girl, Nicholas is hired to temporarily care for her. For Jarod, a very bitter boy, Nicholas warns him to not do what he was planning. But when circumstances bring these two kids together, Nicholas shows them the real meaning of Christmas.
Originally, this was a story that the author told to his daughter and her friends at a sleepover as a way to share with them the real meaning of Christmas. Nyznyk is a wonderful story-teller and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. While it may not become a world renowed Christmas classic, like Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, it will certainly be a book that I will reread each Christmas and hopefully read to my children some day.
I received a copy of this book from PR by the Book for the purpose of this review.