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How Far to Bethlehem? by [Lofts, Norah]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tree of Life Publishing; Kindle edition (21 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IGV8N4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm so pleased that this book of Ms. Loft's has been reissued - to date there have only been somewhat-fusty elderly hardback copies available!
To anyone interested in the birth of Christ story - out of casual interest, or faith - this will be a fascinating "read".

Not only are the major characters of Mary and Joseph covered, in their journey to Bethlehem, but also the individual stories of the Wisemen before they met together, and completed their joint mission. Among these major threads of the story, are many of the incidental characters we are familiar with - all brought magically to life, and playing their parts, thanks to the skill and imagination of Ms. Lofts.

This book is a work of fiction - based on the Bible story familiar to us, and it's up to each reader to make of it what they will, but it's an enjoyable living story in itself, and for the price of a paperback, a worthwhile purchase.
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I've purchased this book as a replacement for an existing well-thumbed and falling-to-bits copy. This is a book that I re-read often, especially at advent. The story is the Nativity story told from the point of view of all the different characters starting 9 months before the birth of Jesus at the home of one of the wise men. The story proceeds via the wiseman's journey meeting up with the two other 'wise men'. Mary's dilemma, Joseph's concerns, the shepherds and the female innkeeper. But with an in-depth characterisation of all the characters in the story. Well researched. Very gripping and thought provoking.
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I agree totally with you Marie, I am so pleased Norah Loft's books are being re-published. I read this book every Christmas and it never fails to bring the Nativity alive. I have all of Norah Loft's books, some of which are the worse for wear now, through so many readings!
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As the title of this novel suggests this book is about Mary's journey to Bethlehem late in her pregnancy. We read of the dilemma of a young girl who is betrothed when she becomes pregnant. She lives in a society where marriage is sacred and where stoning of fallen women is not out of the question. Norah Lofts creates characters from that time and brings them to life beautifully. She tells us the stories of the Maji; Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar who come from the far corners of the civilised world and various beckgrounds to see the king they have been promised.
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Format: Paperback
Read this book many years ago and bought it because I remembered enjoying it very much.

It's a lovely interesting version of the timeless story of the Nativity, with particular concentration on the way in which the three "wise men" come together and find their way to Bethlehem.

The characters are beautifully drawn and engage our interest and sympathy, and the background is well researched. I loved it just as much this time around.

My only complaint would be that I'd love to know what happened to the three men afterwards!
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I first read 'How Far to Bethlehem' when I was 14 and fell in love with all of the characters. Norah Lofts has given a back-story to all of the characters in the Christmas Nativity from the shepherds to the donkey.
She weaves in surprising aspects - including a very controversial alternative view of how Mary got pregnant but the author's own, simple faith in miracles shines through all the way. As in all Norah Lofts books there is suffering and redemption and self-knowledge. Very beautifully-written, moving and probably the perfect gift for Christmas to anyone in the Christian community - or anyone who loves the Nativity story without a particular faith.
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I read this for book club leading up to Christmas. I really enjoyed how Norah Lofts brought the characters to life with real,sometimes dreadful and sometimes ordinary problems and, also, how she started the story furthest away from Bethlehem and the birth in time and space, and brought us closer to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus with each character's story. The stories of the characters interlinked and this brought different views of the same events which was refreshing. The end of the story was the fleeing into Egypt after the birth, so it gave a perspective on the coming of the Messiah as bringing God's love into man's fearsome world. Well worth a read.
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I gave this book 5 stars because it is totally different from anything I had read about the 3 kings involved at the birth of Christ from anything I had read before. I bought it because I like all of Norah Loft's books, not any special interest in the subject. I would recommend it to anybody, Christian or not, for the vivid picture it paints of life pre-BC for the rich and the poor. Belief is not necessery to be fascinated and find your Kindle hard to switch off. I still heve about 25% to read, so I shall close my computer and read it... and very likely not stop until I do reach the end.
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