By Cindy Bleuler Tucker
“Though he had walked through darkness, his heart was filled with light, for he knew his work was only just beginning. The entirety of his life to this point had merely been to prepare him for what he was to do next: bring hope to the hopeless and joy to the joyless. He would serve mankind by reminding them every year that a King had been born who had died for their sins.”
This is one of the most inspiring novels I have ever read. It is the story of Saint Nicholas and the legends that led to the modern Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas, however, was much more than a fictional jolly man who slides down chimneys. St. Nicholas was a man of God who gave his wealth to the poor, representing the gift of salvation given by the King of Kings.
Agios, the main character, is a man of great sorrows who is commissioned by the wise men to guard them as they follow the Star of David. He travels with them to find the Baby Jesus and it becomes his life work to follow Jesus at a distance, protecting Him. To his added anguish, he fails at this task and spends many years in despair until his sadness is turned into great joy.
Author Glenn Beck writes beautifully and simply and clearly presents the gospel. It is a moving, fascinating story. It is perfect reading for not only Advent but also during Lent.