SMALL AND LARGE MIRACLES — A Review of “The Handmaid and the Carpenter”

Elizabeth Berg’s The Handmaid and the Carpenter: A Novel is a richly detailed saga of an historic time and a Biblical couple; it is a tale that she has imbued with her special skill of immediacy and an everyday voice, and as a result, we can visualize this young couple as they struggle with the effects of a miraculous conception on their relationship and their lives.

We follow them in their journey to Bethlehem and the events that unfold there, just as we come to see the other small and large miracles that accompany them throughout their lives together. And we watch as Joseph’s doubts rise up again, and how, finally, he comes to believe.

This brief and powerful account is memorable and evocative, and one which adds another dimension to Berg’s body of work.

Five stars!

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