Many years ago,when I was in seventh or eighth grade, my friend Cathy Miller, who lived next door to me gave me the book Two from Galilee, by Marjorie Holmes as a Christmas present. Since that time, I have read that book probably twenty times, always when Advent begins.
It was a turning point in my spiritual growth, because it made me realize that the story of Christ was not something that happened in another “more Heavenly” dimension, but a real piece of spiritual history. It made Mary stand out as a real woman, probably my own age when she was given to Joseph and became pregnant with Jesus. Her struggles and joys are shared in a way that draws me into the story every time.
I highly recommend it!