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Monday, November 17, 2014

Have You Ever Wondered What Mary Felt Like?: Book Giveaway

        Have you heard the Christmas story before? Joseph, Mary, the donkey, the innkeeper, the shepherds. Star Song by Katheryn Haddad brings the story alive.
        Do you want to feel the emotions Mary was feeling as the angel appeared? Gaze in awe at the sky like the shepherds? Or even delve into the rage of Herod as he ordered the death of the Bethlehem baby boys?
          Star Song does all that and more.
         And today I get to give away two copies for FREE. One copy is the adult version
of Star Song and one copy is the children's version

To enter the giveaway and have a chance to win Star Song click here . This giveaway will be open until 11/25/14.
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Below is a guest post by Katheryn Haddad about her book. Make sure you read her bio too. She's a fascinating woman. And living proof that if you have a story worth telling, you will see it in print one day. She told me that she had the idea for Star Song almost 60 years ago.

Star Song: The Story
by Katheryn Haddad

You have heard of Jesus.  Now is your chance to get to know the people who were involved in his birth.  It was not a kind world he was born into.  King Herod was so power hungry, he imprisoned, tortured and executed anyone who disagreed with him.  The entire population of Palestine lived in constant fear, including Jesus’ own parents.

 When an angel appeared to Mary, it took him awhile to convince her she could become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. When she finally believed, he disappeared.  How would she break the news to her parents? Would they believe her?  Before telling them, she went to see her elderly cousin Elizabeth who was now six months pregnant with her own miracle baby.  His mother was shy, but when Mary arrived, she came out of her shyness and encouraged Mary. Once baby John was born and Mary could hold Elizabeth’s miracle baby, she was ready to return home and prepare for her own miracle baby.
            All the way home she worried.  Would the man she was promised to--Joseph--believe her?  If he didn’t, he could legally have her stoned to death for adultery.  Indeed, he did not believe her.  But the angel returned to explain everything to Joseph.  He finally believed and there was a wedding.  Now he had to instill courage in Mary whenever she went to the market, courage to face the neighbors who taunted her for getting pregnant before she was married.

Then a needless census took place, and Joseph was forced to take Mary from northern Palestine to southern Palestine.  She was nine months pregnant.  But, if they had jailed him for not going, he couldn’t help her at all.  When they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary was in labor.  They were homeless.  But finally he talked a home owner into letting them sleep in his barn.  So it was, that the Son of God was born and lain in a feed trough.

The shepherds were dirty and smelly, but the angels appeared to them that night instead of the holy people in the temple.  The angels lit up, just like a star.  The dirty shepherds rushed into Bethlehem to worship him..  They did not know how to act around a new-born king, but they did the best they could.

A few days later, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the temple for a special ceremony.  There they met Anna who was some 90 years old and had lived through many attacks by foreigners on the temple where thousands were killed.  For over 65 long years, Anna prayed for God’s Deliverer to come rescue them.  Finally, after waiting a lifetime, she met baby Jesus, and knew he was the promised divine Deliverer.

In the mean time, over in Persia and India, some astrologers saw a new-born star in the western sky.  Their kings saw it too and demanded to know if a new god had been born.  The astrologers searched the holy books of the Buddhists, the Hindus, and the Zoroasters. They could not find anything special about a star.  Finally, they checked the Jewish holy books.  There they found a star referring to a new-born eternal king.  Their kings immediately sent their astrologers to cross the desert and pay homage to this new-born divine king.

Soon after their arrival, Herod had all the boy babies in Bethlehem killed.  What would Mary and Joseph do to escape?  Read more in Soul Journey With Jesus: Star Song.
Katheryn Maddox Haddad grew up in Michigan and now lives in Arizona where there is no snow.  She lives with her palm trees, cacti, music, and a computer with most of the lettering worn off the keyboard.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible, and history, from Harding University, a Master’s Degree in management and human relations from Abilene Christian University, and part of a Master’s Degree in Bible from Harding University, including Greek studies.

She spends half her day writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as text book through World English Institute.  Students she has converted to Christianity are in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Palestine.  "They are my heroes" she says. 
She has also written a book to explain Islam to Christians and Christianity to Muslims.  It is entitled Christianity or Islam:  The Contrast.  It is a gentle book and would make a good gift for either Christians or Muslims.  It is available on Amazon.


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  1. I grew up in a Christian home, so I don't ever remember NOT hearing it!

  2. Anne, Sounds like a good book! I love the idea of a book brewing for 60 years before it was written. I have a few of those brewing myself!

  3. I love stories and different retellings of the Christmas story. Thank you for introducing me to this one.

  4. This looks like an amazing book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Katheryn, I love books that make the Biblical stories and characters come alive. I'm certain I would love your story, the birth of Yahshuah (or Yeshua as more commonly spelled, or Jesus in Greek) was a marvelous event for all the world then and now and for all its existence! May I assume 'Christmas' is not mentioned in the story? :) BLESSINGS from Texas!

  6. I have hear the Christmas story since I was a baby. I grew up in a very Christian home. No other way to start Christmas.

  7. I can't remember the first time hearing about the baby Jesus as my father was a pastor when I was a baby. I do remember him showing me where I could find it in Matthew when I was in about the second or third grade.

  8. Can't remember when I first heard it but I love that A Charlie Brown Christmas shows the true meaning of Christmas through Linus. Only hope it doesn't get banished the way other Christian programs and such are.

  9. I have read the Christmas Story since I was a little kid. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I don't remember the exact time I first heard the Christmas story, but feel sure it was probably in Sunday School at church - as a small child. I love books based on the bible and would love to read "Star Song"!! Yes, I've often wondered about Mary's feelings - not only re: Christs' birth, but also the happenings of His entire life. She is one of the first people I would love to talk to, upon my arrival in heaven, after my Lord and Saviour!!

  11. When I was a child at Sunday School when I heard the Christmas Story & we always had a childs book at home :)