Weekend Writing Warriors: Jesus

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. This is the last week I am posting excerpts from my Christmas novel, Full of Grace (the full synopsis is below). Following last week’s selection, when the Roman soldiers arrived in Bethlehem, a decree has gone out: each man is to register in his hometown. Joseph and Mary undertake this journey, but as the time comes for Mary to give birth, Joseph struggles with the doubts that have been plaguing him lately: how was he going to be a father to the son of God?


Reminding himself of his father-in-law’s words, Joseph takes in a deep breath and kneels beside Mary. She leans into him, so he can take a closer look at the boy; he is small, pink and wrinkled, with a head full of black hair.

“Isn’t he beautiful?” Mary whispers.

Having been struck speechless, all Joseph can do is nod–foolishly, he had imagined the child would be born a man, with full wisdom and knowledge of his destiny; and maybe somewhere in his consciousness, the babe was aware of it. For now, though, he was simply a child, perfect in shape and form, just as G-d created him. He would fulfill his calling in time; until then, Joseph would accomplish his and be the boy’s father.

“What will you call him?” the woman asks.

“Jesus,” he replies, gently stroking the child’s head.


Front CoverSpanning the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy, Full of Grace sets the foundation for the Christmas story. Chosen as God’s handmaiden for the purpose of bringing his salvation to the earth, Mary expects the honor and glory that accompanies such a title. She quickly finds this new status is not so easily received by those around her, especially Joseph, who cannot see she didn’t betray him. Left to face a bleak future alone, Mary learns what it means to be full of grace.


The book is available at AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes or Kobo.

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8 thoughts

  1. Very interesting that Joseph envisioned the Son to be born full grown. I can sort of see where that logic could come from. This in-depth look at a very familiar story sounds fascinating!

  2. Joseph’s thoughts about boy being born fully grown are perfect. They characterize him as a simple man who rightfully struggles to comprehend what has befallen him. His conflicts are powerful and difficult to resolve.

  3. I think you captured Joseph’s emotions–confusion, doubts, fears, then resolution. You are doing a great job with this story.

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