The Handmaid and the Carpenter
by Elizabeth Berg
This is an interpretation of the account of Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Christ. I have always thought about how good Mary must have been and how great a faith Joseph had. I rarely gave much thought to their humanity. Elizabeth Berg explores this facet of a well known account. Joseph did take Mary as his wife, but this act of faith most likely didn’t come without fear and uncertainty. Mary, though chosen by God, was still a young girl growing into womanhood. She was learning to leave behind the things of childhood and must have been as nervous as any bride. I enjoyed reading this novel and liked that it made me look at Mary and Joseph with new eyes and a fresh perspective. I would like to try more of Elizabeth Berg’s work.
Note: This is a work of fiction and as such some biblical inaccuracies were found. Books such as this can give a new perspective, but it is important to go back to the Bible for truth.