Saturday, December 28, 2019

Star Over Bethlehem: mini-review

Star Over Bethlehem (1965) by Agatha Christie Mallowan is a collection of short stories and poems by the mistress of mysteries about the mystery of the birth of Christ and what that event meant then and in more modern times. It includes a "what if" story of Mary being offered a vision of her son's future and the chance to change the final outcome. And then there's the one about what would happen if the Saints of all time felt that their works and sacrifices hadn't been enough to merit the reward they had been given. What would happen if they asked to return to Earth and do more? There is also the story of Mrs. Hargreaves who doesn't like people--she doesn't want to not like people, but she just can't seem to help herself. And then she meets a very special fellow passenger on a water bus and has an irresistible urge to touch his unusual coat....

As with all collections, this is mixture of strong and weak stories. For the most part these are interesting and unique looks at Christie's insights to the Christian faith and stories. It was a nice read for the holiday season. ★★

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