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Publication Date: 21 Aug 2013
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 128
Author: Stephen Cottrell
ISBN-13: 9780281071470, 9780281071487

Walking Backwards to Christmas

By Stephen Cottrell
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Though the Christmas story is well known, most of us have learnt it from school nativity plays and carols. On the whole, this familiar version is more concerned with light than darkness. The backwards approach taken here allows the movement to be in the opposite direction, enabling us to get under the skin of a complex narrative. We begin by seeing through the eyes of Anna, the prophetess; followed by Rachel, who weeps for her children; King Herod; Casper, a wise men; David, a shepherd; Martha, the (so-named) innkeeper's wife; Joseph; Elizabeth; Mary; Isaiah and, finally, Moses. Each imaginative reflection is prefaced by a Bible reading and followed by a prayer.
About the Author
Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He is the author of several bestselling books for SPCK: The Things He Carried (2008), The Things He Said (2009), The Nail (2011) and Christ in the Wilderness (2012).
Press Reviews

Cottrell has a gift for inhabiting the most diverse perspectives . . . All are rendered in glorious physical language, a strange but apt mix of Scripture and modern idiom. The result is revelatory.

- The Tablet

An action-packed 114 pages brings the "well-known" story to new life.

- Methodist Recorder

The author's approach tilts the narrative on its head, enabling the reader to get under the skin of the complex tale.

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