What could be more perfect for Christmas than a girl who plays Mary, mother of Jesus, in the Christmas pageant?
All the air left his chest in a whoosh. Opening and closing his mouth, he sought for breath that wouldn’t come. Then his legs gave way, and he sank onto the tile in the hallway.
Pregnant. Mari was pregnant.
A fall from grace. A miracle of life. A gift of forgiveness.
Sixteen-year-old Mari Tatum has a secret. Forced to be Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the church play, she finds herself working alongside Shay McNab, the very boy she’s keeping a secret from. Yet in the story of Christ’s birth, she finds that in God’s hands her fall from grace can become a miracle.
Drawing a parallel with the true story of Mary and Joseph, A MIRACLE FOR MARI, reaches into the heart of the Christmas message to bring hope and joy to families touched by teenage pregnancy.
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Our little Christmas angel Gracie is thrilled to ask Suzanne a few questions. Gracie has always wished she had been one of the angels present at the birth of our Lord.
Gracie: What is your favorite Christmas carol and why? Do you have a favorite performing artist who performs that song?
Suzanne: Silent Night has always been my favorite song. I prefer Josh Groban’s recording from his album, Noel.
Gracie: Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory.
Suzanne: My fondest memory is of Christmas meals with my grandparents: the large farm meal, chatting with oodles of cousins, opening gifts, no matter how small. I never realized how special those times were until my grandfather passed away one year, and there I was staring at his empty chair. It was during my grief the following holiday, that I poured out my heart and put my memory down on the page.