Tom Houston looks at a great story with a great cast. The political forces of Caesar Augustus, Herod and the travellers from the East, the religious establishment in Zechariah, Elizabeth, Anna and Simeon, the outcast prophet – John the Baptist, the ordinary people – Mary, Joseph and the shepherds and also the Gospellers – Matthew and Luke.
‘Nativity scenes will never be the same again. Christmas always stirs the imagination, but Tom Houston stirs the readers with reflections from the real biblical characters who surrounded the birth of Jesus … A lively read that warms the heart.’
Dr Chris Wright, International Ministry Director, The Langham Partnership International.
‘Read Characters Around the Cradle and Christmas will live for you in a new way. Perhaps as never before you will realize that the Christmas story was a real happening that can make a difference in your real life today!’
Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries.
‘Familiar with the Christmas Story? Maybe. But we can miss the extraordinary human drama that surrounds the most remarkable event this world has yet witnessed … marvel at the way personal details as well as great political movements all combine to demonstrate God’s sovereign control.’
Jonathan Lamb, Associate General Secretary and head of Bible Ministries, IFES.
‘Tom grabs hold of the characters that he paints, he dissects them, he examines them, and he puts them back together again with a clarity of thought that makes them spring to life.’
Dr Clive Calver, President, World Relief.
Also available by Tom Houston CHARACTERS AROUND THE CROSS.
TOM HOUSTON is a retired Scot and lives with his wife Hazel in Oxford, England. He served as a pastor for 20 years in Scotland and Kenya and then went on to serve in leadership positions with the British and Foreign Bible Society, World Vision and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation until his retirement in 1994.