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A Northern Nativity by William Kurelek
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A Northern Nativity

by William Kurelek

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We have this on our kids shelf. I picked it up from the bookstore when I was in seminary. It bores the kids. They are too young to appreciate it but it is full of Canadian nostalgia. Young William has dreams which re-image the nativity in his contemporary Northern setting n the 1930s. These dreams provide different images of the Holy Family and those who welcome or reject them. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Artist William Kurelek created this uniquely moving book on the theme that Christ came to all people everywhere. What would happen if He came now? A boy imagines that the nativity takes place in northern snows. He dreams that the Christ child is born to Eskimos, to Indians, to Blacks, that the Nativity takes place in a fisherman’s hut, a garage, a cowboy’s barn, that the holy family is given refuge in a city mission, a grain barn, and a country school.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jan 7, 2017 |
"This magnificent retelling of the story - making universal the meaning of Christmas - is done as only a deeply religious artist like Kurelek can. Like the great Renaissance painters who renewed the Nativity by placing it in their native Italy, Kurelek sets it in his native country, and records it in 20 magnificent paintings." - dust jacket
  muumi | Sep 1, 2007 |
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Icons of the North/ Kurelek's nativity/ secret glimmerings (SaintSunniva)

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Artist William Kurelek created this uniquely moving book on the theme that Christ came to all people everywhere. What would happen if He came now? A boy imagines that the nativity takes place in northern snows. He dreams that the Christ child is born to Eskimos, to Indians, to Blacks, that the Nativity takes place in a fisherman’s hut, a garage, a cowboy’s barn, that the holy family is given refuge in a city mission, a grain barn, and a country school. A beautiful holiday story for all generations.

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During the Great Depression of the 1930's twelve-year-old William has a series of Christmas dreams in which he glimpses, among other visions, the Holy Family as an Eskimo family.

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