A Piece of Silver…A Christmas Story
by Clark Rich Burbidge
Illustrated by Annie Henrie
- Hardcover: 28 pages
- Publisher: Winepress Publishing (July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606152017
- ISBN-13: 978-1606152010
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
Have you ever felt completely alone or invisible?
Have you ever cried out in the night for God to send someone, anyone that would notice or care?
Daniel is a young homeless boy living such a life in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. After finding shelter in a poor stable, his fitful sleep is interrupted as he witnesses the birth of the Savior of the world. Step into Daniel’s strange and unforgiving world and experience the events of that night of all nights through the eyes of this young boy. Look on with reverence as he makes a personal offering of love and hope. Follow the young boy as he grows and struggles to make something of his life and seems to come short again and again. Then draw near to the young man, now grown, as he again finds himself in the presence of Jesus where his life-long prayers are answered.
Clark R. Burbidge has created a faith-filled, uplifting story for the ages that will be shared again and again. A Piece of Silver will infuse young readers with wonder and awe as they view events through the eyes of a child. Older readers will find hope and courage as they press onward toward the struggles of teenage and young adult years. The story will moisten the eyes of parents and grandparents with understanding. But most of all it will bring all ages closer to the Savior Himself in knowing that they are never alone.
Daniel was homeless. He lived in the alleys and back ways of Bethlehem. The only thing he could call his own was a ring on a piece of twine he wore around his neck that his mother gave him before she passed away. One night he found a warm place to sleep in a stable and was awaken when he heard something, sounding like someone in pain, then later he heard a baby cry. As Daniel watched through the cracks of wood to see what was going on, he felt bad about spying. But as he watched this wonderful event in this young family’s life, he decided he wanted to give this baby something, but the only thing he had was his ring. He couldn’t give up the only thing he had to remember his mom, could he?
And I don’t want to give any more of the story away because this is a book that will warm your heart as you think about Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus on that night so long ago in Bethlehem. The author tells the story in a unique way, through the eyes of a homeless boy.
Often during the Christmas Holiday’s I wonder what it was like for people living during the time Jesus was born. Reading this story gave me a glimpse of what it may have been like for a young lad. But it doesn’t stop there. Mr. Burbidge carries the story all the way to the cross, and the unconditional love and hope of redemption through Christ. This is a story you can keep telling your children and grandchildren over and over each year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The illustrations in this book by Annie Henrie are totally awesome. The characters are created to give you the feel of what it may have been like in Bethlehem at that time in history. The colors are well blended and subdued, creating a soft warm feeling. The book is beautiful inside and out, with the unique and incredible illustrations and wonderful words written on the pages drawing you into the very feelings and emotions of that Bethlehem night in a stable.
What else can I say but to encourage you to go out and purchase a copy of this book for your Library? Even though this is written for the younger generation in mind, this will touch the hearts of all ages.
I received this book from Wine Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
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About the Author and Illustrator
Bio for Clark R. Burbidge (Author): Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the high mountain valleys of the Rockies. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS degree in finance from the University of Utah. His career spans 31 years in banking, project finance, investment banking and more recently as a Chief Financial Officer. His experiences have taken him throughout the nation and world. He has been actively involved in community and church service, including lay youth and adult ministry, for over 35 years. He continues to enjoy swimming, scuba diving, mountain/road biking, history, church and community service, composing and playing music, public speaking, writing and anything in which his children are involved.
Clark and his sweetheart, Leah, currently make their home close to the high mountain trails and enjoy their blended family experience of 10 children and two grandchildren. It has been his long- term dream to write and publish several works that have been kicking around in his mind and on paper for many years. His first book, “Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker’s Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times” was released nationally in March 2011. He looks forward to this next phase of life’s wonderful adventures.
Bio for Annie Henrie (Illustrator): Annie Henrie was born in Manhattan, New York. Her earliest memories involve regular trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and watching her father, who was a successful artist, paint. Annie’s father started out drawing small figures for her copy then helped her with her first oil painting. She has known since age five that she wanted to be an artist. Her father continues to be a mentor and support.
Annie grew up in Bountiful, Utah. She began selling paintings in galleries at age 16, studied in England and Italy, and has won numerous awards. Annie graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2010, majoring in Illustration. She is now enjoying her dream career of creating art for a living.