By Charles R. Swindoll
The global replaced eternally one Bethlehem evening. Best-selling writer Charles R. Swindoll invitations us to chill and revel in his own and interesting retelling of the 1st Christmas tale. Combining either regal secret and humble human event, the ebook specializes in 4 significant characters: Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, and Immanuel. A Bethlehem Christmas offers biblical perception with the center and heat of a proficient storyteller to convey what occurred on the nativity to life and renew the pleased wish of Christmas.
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