Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is lonely. She lives in a mansion amidst butlers, nannies, housekeepers, and a father who is too busy for her. She is bright, beautiful, and angry at the world. On the other side of town, in a slum called the “Sink,” teen street-tough, Jared Roberts, and his gang barely survive broken families and a hardscrabble existence. Jared, too, is angry at an unfair world, and he intends to do something about it. He has Sarah’s mansion in his sights for a pre-Christmas burglary that will show the world who he really is.
Into this mix comes a mysterious little man named Nicholas, who intrigues Sarah and Jared but scares those responsible for them. Against incredible doubt and cynicism, Nicholas tries to guide Sarah and Jared away from their anger and the destruction that will follow, only to realize he cannot move them by desire alone. Finally, fed-up, he whisks the two young people to another time and place, where a long-ago Christmas teaches them the true meaning of life in a way they never imagined. Mary’s Son is a modern tale of the fears and passions of youth overcome by the wonder of the real Christmas story.
MARY'S SON has been awarded the MOM'S CHOICE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE in three categories: Juvenile 2 Books (ages 9-12), Young Adult Books (ages 13 and up) and it was awarded GOLD in the Motivation/Inspirational subcategory. In the Adult Books category, it was awarded GOLD in the Fiction and Literature subcategory.
This story was first told to a group of girls (pictured) at my daughter’s eighth birthday party many years ago. The story of that telling can be found at the end of the book, but the purpose of the telling (in addition to saving our sanity) was to remind those young people of the real meaning of Christmas.
Like you, I’m concerned about the loss of Christmas to the chaos, anxiety, and pressure of shopping, spending, and gifts. Although modern movies, TV shows, and books, try to convey “the true meaning of Christmas,” as one of giving and love, they typically fail in stories that are contrived and passionless. Rarely do we experience the grit Dickens gave us in A Christmas Carol or the heartfelt emotion of a movie like It’s a Wonderful Life; and NEVER do these stories consider the real meaning of Christmas.
I wrote Mary’s Son because I longed for a modern-day story that reminds us that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I would like my now grown kids to remember that, and I would like them to have a story they can tell their kids so they too will remember. Perhaps if everyone remembers, our world will have a chance to step away from the partisanship, anger, sarcasm, sniping, and hatred that pervades it and all will listen to Christ’s simple words to “love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”
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