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The Christmas Journey

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  442 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.

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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Wants a Deeper Look at the Nativity Story
Reviewed for THC Reviews
So much can get lost in the commercial hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday that it's nice to take a step back and remember the real reason for the season. That's exactly what Donna VanLiere has endeavored to accomplish in The Christmas Journey. The story of the nativity is familiar to millions worldwide, but nativity scenes have become so sweet and perfect, how often do we really think about that arduous journey that Joseph and Mary undertook? This book begins with
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian families with children
Interesting take on the traditional Christmas story. We (believers) don't often consider the details of what it must have been like in reality for the teenage Mary, young mother of the Savior of all mankind. In the Jewish society of her day, it would have been a terrible thing indeed to be unmarried and pregnant. Most of her village neighbors would likely have judged immediately that she had broken God's laws of morality...wrongly, of course, but unknowingly.

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Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This short book describes a little of what it must have really been like for Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem with Mary ready to give birth. Having had 5 children it made me appreciate the reality of what they must have gone through. Traveling eighty miles on the back of a donkey just days before having a baby, no thank you. What a miserable journey that must have been.

Written as a narrative for a church banquet several years ago, The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere invites readers to break away from the consumerism and industrial marketing of Christmas.

This simple yet profound book takes us back to the true meaning of Christmas and helps readers regain their focus as to what the season is really all about Beautiful illustrations accompany the lyrical text which retells the birth of Christ as recorded in Luke, Chapter 2.

Though I’ve read the Christmas sto
Lori Henrich
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the retelling of the story of the birth of Christ. It is told in a manner to help us understand the discomfort and pain that Mary went through. The book gives the story from the Bible in the beginning then retells it in a more modern way.

I like this. Sometimes it is easy to whitewash over the pain and the fact that Jesus was born in a barn. This brings to life the reality part. The pain, the smells and the lack of simple comforts. I will remember this retelling of a very familiar story.
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
So we are all familiar with the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus but what version of this story are you familiar with? There is only one true story. With Christmas being so commercialized like any other holiday, we may all sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas. Author, Donna Van Liere helps reminds us with The Christmas Journey. The Christmas Journey is the perfect story to share with everyone. The pictures were nice. Mrs. Van Liere really brought to life the story of May, J ...more
Donna VanLiere always give us something for Christmas that is fantastic. The Christmas Journey is the retelling of the Nativity Story but with a much more realistic presentation. As she says, "No glamorized, sanitized, commercialized version". From cow patties to scratchy, smelly hay to an anxious, unprepared husband, accompanied by wonderful illustrations, this story tells of the birth of the Christ child with truth and reality. It is a very short read (about 30 mins), and I think would be a wo ...more
Gina Shupp
This book was very short but sweet, story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of the Christ child.
Christie Brumley
A perfect book that depicts the true meaning of Christmas and what really happened on that holiest of nights in Bethlehem
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
wonderful story of Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.
Paul Lunger
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Donna VanLiere's "The Christmas Journey" is a very quick if yet unnecessary book that retells in an abbreviated form the story of Mary & Joseph's trip to Bethlehem & the birth of Christ. In very short fashion the book goes into a bit more detail about what the actual emotions that both experienced up to the point of the arrival of their new baby & reminds we the reader that this event was about as normal as it could be despite other writings to the contrary. There is also a long pref ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-this, shelf-3
This book is amazing and I would recommend it to everyone! If anyone asked me for a good book to read this would be on my list! I picked it up in the suggested Christmas books at my library because it was short and I knew the author had written many good books. I was hoping it would get me in the Christmas spirit but it was far from what I was expecting but in a good way. This was an amazing retelling of the journey of Mary and Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus in a way that really makes yo ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-telling and elaboration of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. This age-old story is given a more personal outlook by describing the era and the thoughts of Joseph and Mary. Joseph's fears about the immaculate conception and his fears about how to raise the Son of God. Mary is very serene even while she is in a lot of pain from the labor. People have not changed throughout the ages thinking the worse of Mary and her pregnancy before wedlock.

The illustrations by Mich
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the religous side of Christmas.
Recommended to Dawn by: I enjoy books with a Christmas theme.
A short, but sweet story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. This little story took out the sanitized version of the trip to Bethlehem and the birth in a stable that most people think of when seeing a manger scene. This story brought to light the fear the young couple had on the long journey, knowing a baby was on the way very soon. They had been ostracized and ridiculed by almost everyone in their village. Mary was a very young girl and was putting all her trust in ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
From a literary standpoint, this little book is nothing special, but its subject matter is. Yet another retelling of a well-known story, The Christmas Journey is a nice version that includes the thoughts of Mary and Joseph as they start out from Nazareth and ends with the birth of Jesus. The illustrations that accompany the text do a nice job, and make this a book that would be good to read to young children during the holidays. All in all, a neat little read. I give it three stars because, whil ...more
Christy Lockstein
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere is a thin book, perfect for getting you ready for the holidays. Accompanied by stunning watercolors by Michael Storrings, she retells the classic story of the journey to Bethlehem and nativity through the eyes of Mary and Joseph, making them real people with fears, hopes, and dreams. Reading the story of two young people put into an impossible situation and how they trusted God to carry them through it is inspiring. VanLiere, who is best known for her Chri ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monday, December 6, 2010The Christmas Journey
Donna VanLiere
Illustrated by Michael Storrings
St Martin's Press
ISBN 978-0-312-61372-3

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

The Christmas Journey is Donna VanLiere telling the greatest story ever told in her own words and voice. A gorgeous little book, with lovely graphics and pictures. A book simple enough to be enjoyed by children, but not too simple to be enjoyed by adults.
Just a beautiful story, really told from the perspective of Joseph. A beautiful dis
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, holiday-reads
I became a huge fan of Donna VanLiere's Christmas Hope series last year, when I received a copy of The Christmas Secret for review. Since then, I have acquired a copy of each book in the series {although I've not had the chance to read them} and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review The Christmas Journey.

This is a quick read that is loaded with history and the true meaning of Christmas. I handed it to Bug when I was finished and she read it in one sitting. It puts the journey of Mary
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how this book slipped past me when it first came out, considering I love all of Mrs. Van Liere's books some how I missed reading this one. Its now apart of my collection. In a time where Christmas is such a commercialized affair. This story reminds you just why we celebrate, the birth of our Lord. In todays times where there are all these comfort measures for pregnancy & birth, sweet Mary had none of that, and baby Jesus although a King had none of the luxuries that's babies tod ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the design of this small book. It is filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations and a beautiful story. VanLiere has written a realistic view of Mary and Joseph's arduous journey to Bethlehem. You get a better understanding of what it must have been like and makes them feel much more real.

I really mean small book, by the way. It only took about half an hour to read but will definitely be reread again and again each Christmas. It has definitely gotten me into the spirit of the holiday
Patricia Solla
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
This book starts out with the telling of the birth of Christ from the bible's tale. What makes it unique is the author then stops and proceeds to retell the same story from a more modern point of view. I was greatly impressed by the author's story of Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Christ from this point of view. I think it is compelling and would make a good read for young adults learning about the birth of Christ. You may think it a little wierd that I read this book at this time of year (Lent ...more
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It only took me about 20 minutes to read this book. The author added illustrations and wrote a narrative of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ. I cried while reading it. I have never really thought much about how difficult the journey must have been for Mary, riding on a donkey while at a full term pregnancy. Of course we don't know what exactly Mary and Joseph's conversation may have been while traveling to Bethlehem, but I really enjoyed thinking of things from Mary ...more
Melanie Cannon
I enjoyed reading this retelling of the classic tale. I understand that we probably gloss over the details of the Nativity, but I think part of the point of the story is how humble the surrounding were. I get the Mary made sacrifices and was uncomfortable -- but for me the real "heart" of this story is that those who were prepared in advance were there and witness to it all -- not in how difficult it was for Mary and Joseph. I lvoe that the lowly animals and shepherds were there and the wealthy ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, xmas
I enjoyed this very quick read. It elaborates the nativity story, from when Mary and Joseph woke up the day they left their home, to the birth in the stable. It is historically accurate, and gives you a different angle to think about.

I understand this story takes a character from the Thomas Pitt series, which I have not read, and didn't need to. I didn't even know until after I finished.

The illustrations are rather cartoon-like. Nice, but "moving and beautifully rendered" made me think they were
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Donna Van Liere's books, however this was an essay or a "Christmas Reading" as she herself called it, stretched out to fill a book. There may have been 20 scant pages worth of writing in a 92 page book. It could have been a pamphlet. She wrote the story of Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem and the delivery of the Christ child in her own words depicting the struggle in more detail than one finds in Luke or Matthew. I'm not sorry I read it. But it wasn't worth the money.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is simply a retelling of the biblical story of the birth of Christ. It imagines the musings of Mary and Joseph as they learn of the great miracle that is happening, and their thoughts during the journey to Bethlehem. We are privy to Mary's thoughts as she looks down into the face of her newborn baby. I totally enjoyed this "inside" look at the Nativity.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-lit
Pretty solid book about Mary's and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. I wished there were more details to get us understand Mary's and Joseph's perspectives better as well as really getting us to understand this difficult 5 day trip and those precious first 24 hours in Bethlehem.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a retelling of Luke 2:1-20 taken from the Bible. The author has taken the scripture and added more detail for the Christmas journey Mary and Jesus took that famous night leading to the birth. Keep this book on your shelf to enjoy year after year during the season and share with the family. Merry Christmas!!
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a little short book that looks like it might be for children. IT'S NOT! The story from Luke is given on the first few pages and then the author takes the scriptures and makes a story from them telling about the feeling, hopes, fears, etc of Mary and Joseph. It brings the story to life and makes it very real.
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A Bright Shining Star! Have you ever thought about how Mary was treated by the townspeople while she was pregnant or about the conversation She and Joseph may have had on their way to Bethlehem? What were their fears, hopes, and dreams for the future? Donna VanLiere retells the story of the nativity in this manner accompanied with simple yet beautiful illustrations.
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Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Made ...more
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