Joseph and the Three Gifts: An Angel’s story

By Brian Sibley

My husband brought this book back from the CRE Exhibition and read it aloud to me in one sitting. It’s brilliantly written, thought provoking and tearful. I would highly recommend it. 

Although we are all familiar with Joseph – from a legion of retellings of the Christmas story – he remains, for many, a shadowy figure about whom we know very little and who is rarely given much thought, if any. This beautiful meditative fable, imagined as it might be told by the archangel Gabriel, helps us to understand who Joseph was and how he might have felt about the part he was called to play in the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Joseph and the Three Gifts follows Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, in hiding in Egypt and a return to his carpentry in Nazareth as Jesus grows from boy to man to messiah. And it asks what Joseph might have done with the Magi’s gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.

A wonderful story for all ages, perfect for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

The cover and interior illustrations for Joseph and the Three Gifts are by Henry Martin, an artist, ordained Anglican minister and author of Eavesdropping.