What happens when you combine the Gospel of Luke and Charles Dickens? The result is a delightful new look at the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. This is exactly what happened when Marianne Jordan sat down several years ago to write a Christmas play for the church youth drama team. Now Jordan has expanded this script into a book that allows us all to experience the miracle of Jesus’ birth through a different set of eyes.
The First Christmas Carol – a miser, a manger, a miracle by Marianne Jordan, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s, is a fun look at the traditional Christmas story that we find in the Gospels. Set in Bethlehem during the census, the story follows the miserly innkeeper, Ebenezer, his assistant Aaron, and Aaron’s handicapped son, Timothy, as they deal with the crowds that have poured into town, overflowing Ebenezer’s inn.
As you might expect, the inn is full when Joseph and Mary arrive in town but Timothy, Aaron, and Martha (Aaron’s wife) provide a place for the couple to bed down in an unused stable. It seems like a suitable substitute for a room as long as Ebenezer doesn’t find out. Little does the group know that Ebenezer is preoccupied at the moment with a visit from some very unusual angels.