Stories of the First Christmas

This new illustrated book combines fresh insights from Dr. Terry Ellis along with original artwork by Barbara Davis. Together they look at scenes from the first Christmas as found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The book promises to take you into the miracle of God becoming man and provide reminders of His love for you.

A Family Experience Version is also available written especially for children. It contains the same beautiful prints from Barbara along with her unique insights as a mother and grandmother. You will enjoy reading each section to your children this Advent.

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No event in history evokes more wonder and inspires more awe than the birth of Jesus. God entered the world because of His deep love for everyone who ever has or ever will walk the earth.

Stories of the First Christmas is a reminder in word and art of the Greatest Gift ever given.

For all the activity, money, and time we expend around this holiday many people limp into January believing somehow they missed the point. They know Christmas should be sublime but once again it felt rather shallow. This book can rekindle your faith in the true meaning of Christmas.

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What are the shadows you’re dealing with this Advent? In prayer, tell God your fears, and then in faith claim the promise of Advent.

Our shared hope is that this book, through pictures and words, will deepen your love for Christmas. Your story is also in the first story. We pray you will occasionally take time to pick up this book, gaze upon the paintings, read the words, and reflect on how each story invites you to find your story in it. God certainly intends to weave you into the broadening tapestry of His great love we’ve humbly tried to capture here.

Art by Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis is an artist, illustrator and writer.

Born and raised in Oakdale, Louisiana and Camden, Alabama, Barbara has been an artist for nearly two decades. She graduated from Auburn University in 1973 and completed the EFM program at Sewanee Theological Seminary in 1996. For years, she worked in the legal field as well as being a mother and now grandmother. Out of her love for her children and grandchildren, she envisioned a book that could aid in passing her faith to the next generation. She invited Terry Ellis to join her in her vision, using his intellectual and writing skills to do a deep dive, with her focus being on children and young families. Thus two books were born. Barbara paints in oil and watercolor. Her subjects include landscapes, still life, portraits, and she is always drawn toward wildlife!

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Written by Dr. Terry Ellis

Dr. Ellis is an author and founder of Chrysalis Interventions, an addiction intervention mission.

Prior to becoming an interventionist, Dr. Ellis served as pastor of six churches over his 34 year career. He holds a doctorate in Greek, a Masters in Biblical studies, and a B.A. in Psychology. He’s authored many commentaries, articles, and biblical studies, and his blog, GraceWaves, has a wide audience. He is also a recovering alcoholic.

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