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Hello, friends, and Merry Christmas, in case we don’t get to chat again before then! What a special time of year this is… Before we leap into First-Line Friday, may I share with you a beautiful old poem I came across recently by one of my favorite authors, George MacDonald?
Babe Jesus lay in Mary’s lap;
The sun shone on His hair;
And this is how she saw, mayhap,
The crown already there.
For she sang, “Sleep on, my little King,
Bad Herod dares not come;
Before Thee, sleeping, holy thing,
The wild winds would be dumb.
I kiss Thy hands, I kiss Thy feet,
My Child, so long-desired;
Thy hands shall never be soiled, my sweet,
Thy feet shall never be tired.
For Thou art the King of men, my Son;
Thy crown I see it plain;
And men shall worship Thee, every one,
And cry, Glory! Amen.”
Babe Jesus opened His eyes so wide!
At Mary looked her Lord.
And Mary stinted her song and sighed.
Babe Jesus said never a word.
I love the poems of old, don’t you? George MacDonald can make the most kingly scene homey and real.
Now onto First-Line Friday, followed by a mini review of that book! 🙂
Monster by Frank Peretti
The Hunter, rifle in his hands, dug in a heel and came to a sudden halt on the game trail, motionless, nearly invisible in a thicket of serviceberry and crowded pines. He heard something.
I’m not much of one for suspense and thriller-type books, but I make exceptions for Frank Peretti! He is, above all else, a fantastic storyteller, and this comes through so strongly in Monster! Peretti manages to weave a tale of a hunt for monsters with a well-formulated scientific argument against an evolutionary explanation for the existence of the world and everything in it. This book had me curled up tightly in my armchair, practically racing through to find out where the next believable-but-I-never-saw-it-coming twist was going. This is a wonderfully exciting, slightly horrific, and very sobering tale of a night of camping in the woods that went really, really wrong… or did it?
Highly recommended! Find it HERE.
Now it’s your turn ~ What’s the first line of a book you’re reading this week?
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