In religious publishing, there is the further torment of serving both God and mammon. A genuinely good Christmas book is therefore to be welcomed, as it not only provides much needed income, but also helps to celebrate and spread the Word - which is so important at this special time of year."Mary and Her Miracle?" is a good book by a tried and trusted author, who is also a priest.Here, Barbara Crafton retells the Christmas story from the Annunciation to Epiphany, using the Jewish exegetical method of Midrash. There are many holes in the traditional story and Midrash can help to plug them with its analytical tradition.What you are left with is a work of beauty that doesn't talk down, but equally isn't academic and can be enjoyed by all Christians, or simply those who love the Christmas story.
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, an Episcopal priest, is a popular preacher, retreat leader and writer. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Reader's Digest, Episcopal Life, and other publications. She is the author of many books, including Let Every Heart Prepare, Some Things You Just Have to Live With, and The Sewing Room.