Mary’s Son: A Tale of Christmas, written by Darryl Nyznyk, is a wonderful and moving tale of the overwhelming fears of youth and an inspiring read that reinvents the true Christmas story and wreath with a modern twist.
Sarah Stone is the 11-year-old heroine of Mary’s Son. She lives a privileged life in an elegant mansion, but is angered by the nonexistent relationship with her father. Enter the boy from the other side of town. His name is Jared Roberts and he hardly exists in a poor part of town called “Sink.” Jared also belongs to a gang of kids who also live harsh lives of broken families and a smart existence on the streets. He’s as angry about his fate as Sarah is about hers, and his “plan” will change their lives.
Jared is planning a robbery of Sarah’s mansion that will take place just before Christmas. He foresees that theft will help others see him for the “mastermind” that he is. Now, bring a strange little man named Nicholas into Sarah and Jared’s life. Their presence is concerning to those around the children, but Nicholas means well and tries to pull Sarah and Jared out of their anger and plans for revenge.
Unsuccessful in his attempts to dissuade Sarah and Jared from destructive futures, Nicholas “kidnaps” the two and transports them to another place in time where a long-ago Christmas demonstrates the true meaning of Christmas and changes their lives for the better. forever.
The Son of Mary speaks to young people in a way that they can relate to and understand. Nyznyk demonstrates how the ancient story of Christmas and the birth of Christ can be important in modern times. Nyznyk writes the story in a way that teaches children and teens what Christmas really means and how that meaning has been lost in the media version of gifts, shopping, and expensive spending.
Readers of Mary’s Son will experience emotions that will bring back memories of what they felt when they first read or saw Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” or the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is a reminder that the true story of Christmas exists and that we can successfully communicate to our children that it is okay to love God and your neighbor as you love yourself.
What a pleasure to read a story that helps us steer clear of partisanship, anger, sarcasm, snipers, and hatred. At Mary’s Son, Nyznyk brings Christ back to Christmas by reminding us of our real values and how only by returning to these intrinsic values will we save a society that has ventured so far from them.
Nyznyk’s characters endure all the problems that modern youth must face in today’s world – isolation, peer pressure, and anger, just to name a few. Mary’s Son: A Tale of Christmas, written by Darryl Nyznyk, offers hope of overcoming the obstacles they face. It is a book that you should definitely put on your Christmas list for a favorite young man in your life.