New Release Spotlight: Kelley Nikondeha

Congrats and happy release day to author Kelley Nikondeha!
“The First Advent in Palestine” brings to life the true context of Mary and Joseph on that fateful night in Bethlehem. Rome and Caesar loom, and young Mary’s strength and resolve shine brightly as we begin to truly understand what it meant for her to live in the tumultuous Galilee region.
Through Joseph’s point of view, we see the brutality of Herod’s rule and how the complexities of empire weighed heavily on the Holy Family.
We bear witness to the economic hardship of Nazareth, Bethlehem, and the many villages in between—concerns about daily bread, crushing debt, land loss, and dispossession that ring a familiar echo to our modern ears.
This thought-provoking examination invites us into a season of discovery, one that is realistic and honest, and that still wonders at the goodness of God’s grace.
Thank you, Kelley. This book opened my eyes and is a true gift.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!