On November 21, 2012, Image Books (the Catholic publishing arm of Random House) published Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, the third and final volume in Pope Benedict XVI's best-selling series Jesus of Nazareth. The thinnest of the volumes by far (weighing in at 132 pages, compared with the 362 pages of Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, published in 2011), The Infancy Narratives is no lightweight book. I'm less than 30 pages in, and I've already spent hours pondering the Holy Father's words.
I don't mean to suggest, however, that Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives is meant only for scholars; on the contrary, it is written in a relatively simple style that readers from high-school age on will find highly engaging. Christmastime always sees a rise in attacks from atheists and the secular media on the historicity of the gospel narratives of Christ's Birth; Pope Benedict answers the main objections, while showing that only Christ can fulfill the Old Testament prophecies of a Messiah.
By itself, or in conjunction with the other two volumes of Jesus of Nazareth, The Infancy Narratives would make a perfect gift for any Catholic on your list. You can find the best prices on each volume using the "compare prices" link after each title:
- Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives (compare prices)
- Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week (compare prices)
- Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration (compare prices)
While you're doing your Christmas shopping, make sure to pick up a copy for yourself. I'll have more to say about Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives soon; having your own copy will allow you to engage in the discussion here on the Catholicism GuideSite.
(Cover of Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives. © 2012 Image Books; used with permission.)