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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This wonderful novel transports us to Nazareth in biblical times, where we meet Mary and Joseph–and understand them as never before: young, in love, and suddenly faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Aided by a great and abiding love, they endure challenges to their relationship as well as threats to their lives as they come to terms with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the birth of their child, Jesus. For Mary, the pregnancy is a divine miracle and a privilege. For Joseph, it is an ongoing test of his faith–in his wife as well as in his God. Exquisitely written and imbued with emotional truth and richness of detail, The Handmaid and the Carpenter explores lives touched profoundly by miracles large and small.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn Palin | 1/30/2014

    " I have loved all of Elizabeth Berg's books. The characters and story lines are wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting to compare to Two From Galilee. This wasn't as vivid as TFG. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/3/2014

    " In standing with Elizabeth Berg being my favorite writer, she stood up to my expectations on this book. I got it for Christmas in 2006 and waited until 2007 to read it, but I thought it started out slow, so I put it aside. Now a few years later, I have converted my religion, but still decided to give the book a shot. It didn't even speak to me as a religious book, because it's not really. It's only the authors take on what she thinks happened -- all the day to day things that you don't get to see in the story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. I just loved it. I read it as an awesome story with a great plot, and was not at all put off by the story that it was representing. This book is a quick read (as are most of Elizabeth Berg's books because you just can't put them down), and I just loved it. There were so many ways she could have gone into more detail and made the book longer, but I think the way it is is just fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie Stone | 12/28/2013

    " Easy read and great intimate re-telling of the Christmas story from the parent's perspective. "

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