The Nativity Story

Covering the 2006 movie "The Nativity Story," about the story of Mary and Joseph
and their journey together as they bring the Messiah into the world.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

'Nativity' Novelization and Documentary to be released

Available for pre-order on, a 250-page paperback novelization of 'Nativity' will be released soon. Written by Angela Hunt and Mike Rich (screenwriter for 'Nativity'). It can also be ordered on audiobook. A description:

From Publishers Weekly:
It's a difficult task to retell the biblical nativity story in a fresh way—after all, it has been novelized, brought to stage and screen, and is the stuff of endless children's Christmas pageants. Yet this companion novel to the New Line Cinema feature film (which will hit theaters December 1) should find a place on the bookshelf as a fresh and viable retelling. Hunt, the author of more than 70 books and working from Mike Rich's screenplay, refrains from oversanitizing the story, although Mary and Joseph are fairly one-dimensional (there aren't a lot of character flaws here). She depicts their gritty, hardscrabble existence as balanced by the love of family. As a thoughtful reader would expect, the census trip to Bethlehem is no picnic, but some readers may be surprised that the shepherds and wise men show up at the stable together, unlike in the gospel account. The good-natured joshing among the three wise men provides a lighter note to the chapters where Herod's cruelty is well portrayed. Hunt balances the necessary violence with a sensitivity that will expand her readership. Her rich prose and cultural details utilize the five senses to recreate the familiar story, which spans many points of view and includes a fine subplot about Elizabeth, Zechariah and John. (Nov.)
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Also for release on October 17, 2006, there will be a DVD documentary called "The True Story of the Nativity." A description:

The story of the early years of the Holy Family is revealed through contemporary scientific discoveries and startling new evidence! Witness the birth of Christ and then follow Mary, Joseph and the newborn Jesus as they are forced to flee into Egypt to escape Herod s murderous decree. Real historical sites in Israel, Egypt and Jordan are the backdrop of this timeless tale of miracles and mystery. Visit actual sites in the Holy Land where astounding events still occur in the present day; the same places where Jesus performed miracles 2000 years ago. This is the definitive contemporary look at a miraculous journey and a life that would change the world forever.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks very interesting, I like that more religious movies are hitting the big Screen

We had Mel Gibson Passion of Christ and the Therese Movie by Leonardo Defilippis

I know the Mel Gibson drew some inspiration from the book called
"The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich"

Dolorous Passion

Do you know if the makers of the Nativity Story used simlar inspirations? A book that comes to mind is "The Life of Mary As Seen By The Mystics By: Raphael Brown" it combins visions of 4 Catholic mystics on the life of Mary into 1 story. Based on the accounts of Venerable Mary of Agreda, Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Elizabeth of Schoenau.
Life of Mary

As being a Catholic, I have a dovotion to Jesus's Mom, Mary, a person who knew Jesus the best and in her humility much can be learned.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger queen_spoo said...

I'm not sure what literary influences were used for this script, like "Dolorous Passion" was used for "Passion of the Christ," but Mike Rich, the screenwriter, talked about doing much research as he wrote it. The filmmakers consulted Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish scholars for their input in the film. Mike Rich talks about this in the first featurette, which you can see here:

Featurette with Mike Rich

and here's an interview with him:

Mike Rich Interview

One of the consultants, Sister Rose, has written a little about her involvement here:

Sister Rose's Report

Thursday, October 05, 2006 12:03:00 PM  

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