J. Tucker Davis, of Draper, says the idea for his book "The Fourth Gift, A Christmas Story" came to him about 25 years ago. It wasn't until 15 years later that the busy pediatrician began writing the story as a way to unwind at home after his evenings and weekends working in children's urgent care. It was published this year (Bonneville Books, $12.99) for everyone to enjoy.
The story of Jeshua Barnabas, a beggar boy in Bethlehem, takes the reader into ancient Israel as the boy and his shepherd friends witness the arrival of the Messiah. With a new star guiding them, they meet the infant Jesus, and along the way, the young boy wonders -- and worries about -- what sort of gift he could possibly offer the Savior.
Davis researched the background for this book in considerable detail, and while readers of all ages will relate to the boy in this charming tale, teens and adults may also be interested in the postscript and end notes Davis has provided.
He has written a fictional, yet historically accurate, tale of love, hope and faith based on the original Christmas story.
"The Fourth Gift" is available at Costco and other stores that carry Christian books.