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The Emperor's Vision: And Other Christ Legends (Floris Classics) [Paperback]

Selma Lagerlof , Ronald Heuninck , Velma Swanston Howard


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22 Aug 2002 Floris Classics
Selma Lagerlof's classic style of storytelling draws vividly on the colourful history and landscape of the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus to the Crusades. From the surly shepherd of Bethlehem to the war-hardened soldier at Herod's feast; from the unhappy suppliants in the Temple to the cruel Emperor Tiberius, abandoned by all except his old nurse -- the human drama and divine mystery of the events of Christ's life are woven together in visionary tales. For ordinary men and women caught up in these events, lives and destinies are changed forever. Formerly published as Christ Legends and Other Stories.

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'Brings many familiar stories alive in an enchanting way.' -- Scientific and Medical Network Review 'The reappearance of these wonderful stories will delight all who enjoy telling or reading stories at Christmastide. As a teacher, when I told my classes of primary school children the stories In Nazareth and In The Temple they proved very popular and inspired excellent artwork! These stories are a wonderful antidote to the materialism and sentimentality which so often mar the celebration of Christmas.' -- Peter Heathfield, New View, Winter 2002/3

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Selma Lagerlof was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. This book was inspired by tales told by the author's grandmother. Since it first appeared in 1904 it has been a treasured addition to children's literature.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stories 20 Jun 2003
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I was very happy to see that this book was available again. Mine has become so worn out over the years.
Selma Lagerlof is an incredible author, this particular book is full of beautiful and spiritual imagery. The stories are delicate and heart wrenching, they are truly uplifting.
I have been told that they are read by many families in Sweden during the Christmas Season, so they quickly become a tradition. The book begins with the First Christmas then leads into Easter and finally the Crusades. My Favorites are, Bethlehem's Children and the Sacred Flame, but they are all wonderful stories.
With Harry Potter all over the place it's nice to take a break with a book that is heartfelt and extremely thoughtful.
These are not the typical saccharine type bible stories, they are truly inspired. The qualities within the stories are about patience and sacrifice, destiny and fate, they are also heroic in nature so may frighten the little ones. Ages seven though Adult should enjoy listening to them. The copy I have is titled, Christ Legends. The Translation is by Howard with Illustrations by Clere. The stories were written in 1908. (272 pg.)
The Book Includes: The Holy Night - The Emperor's Vision - The Wise Men's Will - Bethlehem's Children - The Flight into Egypt - In Nazareth - In the Temple - Saint Veronica's Kerchief - Robin Redbreast - Our Lord and Saint Peter and the Sacred Flame.
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