Have you ever thought about some of the people besides Mary and Joseph in the story of Christ’s birth?
The book The Midwife of Bethlehem by Shad Driggs tells the Christmas nativity story through the eyes of the woman who possibly could have helped Mary give birth.
Rebecca was the midwife of Bethlehem. She felt privileged to serve God by using her birthing skills to help women deliver their babies.
Across the street, she sees a woman that she doesn’t know. The woman is seated on a donkey. Rebecca realized that this woman’s time would soon be at hand and that Rebecca would help the woman deliver her baby.
A few days later, the inn keeper’s wife frantically came searching for Rebecca. The unknown woman needed Rebecca’s help.
After the birth, Rebecca held the infant in her arms. She sensed that this was not an ordinary child.
Soon, shepherds came excitedly asking about the Christ child. Joseph led them to where Mary and the babe were resting.
After the shepherds left, Rebecca noticed a bright star that she had never seen before and realized that this baby was the Messiah.
For those who are familiar with the nativity, this story follows it perfectly. I really appreciate that. And, it references well-known Old Testament scriptures that foretell of Christ’s birth. I like that, too.
The illustrations in this book are lovely. I especially like the pictures of the shepherd boy holding a sheep, of the Christ child, and of the shepherds who went to the manger. While the colors are not the bright primary colors normally associated with illustrations for children, the colors are ones that would probably be normal for the times — browns, tans, sage green, grey-blue.
When our kids were small, we always read a couple of stories together as a family. I can see how this book could easily become a tradition to read at Christmas time, too. This book would be a perfect addition to your collection of Christmas books.
I also think it would be the perfect book to read as you snuggle with a grandchild. Imagine this: snow gently falling outside, a fire crackling in the fireplace, and your arms around a sweet grandchild on your lap while reading this book. To me, that would a priceless treasure.
The author, Shadd Driggs, is a businessman and lives in Illinois. This is his first book. He and his wife, Darla, have 6 children.
Diane Lucas is the illustrator. In addition to this book, she has illustrated 11 others.
You could add this book to your library so that you have it to read to grandchildren when they come over or so that you could read it at your family Christmas party. Or, you could give it as a gift to one of your grandchildren. Either way, this would be a great book to have.
You can easily get this book on Amazon.com. It sells for $14.99. Hurry! Christmas will be here before you know it!