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If He Had Not Come by: Nan F. Weeks and David Nicholson, and Illustrated by: Charles Jaskiewicz is sure to become a classic story in your home. The story is originally by Nan F. Weeks, but upon hearing this story in a Sunday school class, David Nicholson has updated it so that the story could be brought to life to many who may have never heard it. He did this by finding an illustrator to capture the beautiful story, includes topics after the story for a family or church discussion, and also a deeper Christian message with the aid of Pastor Josh Mulvihill.
The story takes place in the 1930's and you are introduced to young Bobby on Christmas Eve night. His father and him read the Bible together including John 15:22, and he has the words, "If Had Not Come" (referring to if Jesus had not come) as the last thought in his head. In a dream, he "awakes" the next morning expecting a normal Christmas with a tree, presents, stores closed and family gathering together for a church service. Instead, he is met with no tree, gifts, or decorations so he goes out to investigate. He finds stores open on Christmas Day, people busy and angry, and no clue of what the word Christmas is. He then finds a person who needs helps and discovers there is no where to help this person. No hospitals, churches or shelters. Just the words "If He Had Not Come" in the place of where the building should have been in town.
It is a scary thought to young Bobby that no one knows what Christmas is or who Christ is. He is presented with the thought that because of this, there is no solution to find help, and in essence no hope. Thankfully, he truly awakes to find Christmas the way it should be. With family, and honoring the birth of Christ, our Savior.
I enjoyed the fact that this story took place in the 1930's. I love hearing about the history and the ways things may have been. The gorgeous illustrations do jump the story to life right off the pages. If He Had Not Come carries a strong Christian message. It would be a great reference for a new Christian or even to be told to an unbelieving person. It is a children's book but many of the discussions are meant for slightly older children but this is a book that can be embraced by the whole family. Even though it takes place around Christmas, I don't see why this book couldn't be read at anytime during the year.
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