“Touching Wonder provides a great condensed version of the Christmas story. But it tells another perspective of the story, a perspective that addresses the spaces in between the epic moments. It doesn't adress prophecy or symbols but rather doubts and suspicions and fatigue and second guessing. It...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Touching Wonder provides a great condensed version of the Christmas story. But it tells another perspective of the story, a perspective that addresses the spaces in between the epic moments. It doesn't adress prophecy or symbols but rather doubts and suspicions and fatigue and second guessing. It epitomizes a poet thinking out the steps of the people as they all moved toward a manger.
Touching wonder intends to be an "earthy" perspective of the Immaculate Conception and so dwells a lot on sensations--touch and hearing and smelling. It also talks about awe and so tells the story in second person-like watching over shoulders rather than providing a bird's eye view of the grand scheme of it. Woven in and out is the author's own musings, presented as intermittent letters to God addressing morales garnered from the story. In that way, the tale is a lot like a personal devotion or Bible study.
It makes an apt exercise for the start of the holiday season-an effective way to re-ground and avoid the apathetic commercial Sirens' song typical of the holidays.”
“A short novella book featuring the human side of the birth of Christ. Each chapter leads with a verse/scene from Luke and then the human story, from the person's perspective, then a note from the author in the form of a letter to God (one wishes that the author had better penmanship). The birth of Christ has attained story-telling, mythic proportions these days and this little book brings it back to a humanized situation. A story of a family where an old man and an old woman suddenly receive the gift of a child and an unwed girl becomes pregnant, her fiance has to give up his dreams and become a father of someone else's child, and not only that but she has to give birth in a stinky stable. John Blase has succeeded in bring this story into the human perspective and turned the participants into real people rather than characters in a play.
““Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas” by John Blase is an unexpected surprise. Twelve chapters that are formatted like devotional reading will draw you completely into the wonder of Christmas at any time of the year. Scripture from The Message translation of the Bible meticulously sets the stage for the heart-felt interpretation of the scene by the author. Frankly, I was surprised at the depth of emotion in Mr. Blase’s writing – not just in the commentary, but also in the prayers he includes at the end of each chapter.
This is a wonderful book that will grip the heart and woo the reader back to the manger where God entered the world in human form because He wanted humanity to feel His touch. Nothing takes the place of the Bible, but this book will help you to feel that touch of God.”