A Northern Nativity: Christmas Dreams of a Prairie Boy

A Northern Nativity Christmas Dreams of a Prairie Boy Artist William Kurelek created this uniquely moving book on the theme that Christ came to all people everywhere What would happen if He came now A boy imagines that the nativity takes place in norther

  • Title: A Northern Nativity: Christmas Dreams of a Prairie Boy
  • Author: William Kurelek
  • ISBN: 9780887760990
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • Artist William Kurelek created this uniquely moving book on the theme that Christ came to all people everywhere What would happen if He came now A boy imagines that the nativity takes place in northern snows He dreams that the Christ child is born to Eskimos, to Indians, to Blacks, that the Nativity takes place in a fisherman s hut, a garage, a cowboy s barn, that the hArtist William Kurelek created this uniquely moving book on the theme that Christ came to all people everywhere What would happen if He came now A boy imagines that the nativity takes place in northern snows He dreams that the Christ child is born to Eskimos, to Indians, to Blacks, that the Nativity takes place in a fisherman s hut, a garage, a cowboy s barn, that the holy family is given refuge in a city mission, a grain barn, and a country school A beautiful holiday story for all generations.

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    About " William Kurelek "

  • William Kurelek

    William Kurelek Wasyl , painter and writer, evangelist Influenced by Bosch and Brueghel and by prairie roots, his Ukrainian heritage and Roman Catholicism, Kurelek s realistic and symbolic paintings record his historic culture and religious vision The oldest of 7 children, he was expected to help run the farm His lack of mechanical aptitude attracted harsh criticism from his father, as did his wish to be an artist He studied at Winnipeg, Toronto and San Miguel, Mexico In England 1952 59 , he sought psychiatric help and was hospitalized for severe emotional problems, depression and eye pain He converted to Roman Catholicism 1957 , credited God with his healing, and began to paint the Passion of Christ according to St Matthew This series of 160 paintings is housed in the Niagara Falls Art Gallery and Museum.Returning to Toronto, he was established by the early 1960s as an important painter, alternating realistic works depicting his prairie roots with didactic series In the 1970s he began to publish his paintings with simple texts His books for children A Prairie Boy s Winter, 1973 Lumberjack, 1974 A Prairie Boy s Summer, 1975 and A Northern Nativity, 1976 have become modern classics His autobiography, Someone With Me 1973, rev ed 1980 , ends with his marriage to Jean Andrews 1962 Kurelek was an outstanding artist with a unique idealistic and pragmatic vision A modern Jeremiah, he painted a coming apocalypse divine justice on a materialistic, secular society.

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  • We have this on our kids shelf. I picked it up from the bookstore when I was in seminary. It bores the kids. They are too young to appreciate it but it is full of Canadian nostalgia. Young William has dreams which re-image the nativity in his contemporary Northern setting n the 1930s. These dreams provide different images of the Holy Family and those who welcome or reject them.


  • There are warm and beautiful traits about “A Northern Nativity”, 1976, that I treasure strongly. The way we approach spirituality varies widely; no matter if it is religious-based, or directly spiritual. William drew a universally harmonious story about Jesus representing any person, in any walk of life, which makes his book special and meaningful. However an antiquated idea, of not deserving a relationship with Jesus unless we grovel, brought the harmony and peace down a notch. That explain [...]


  • In general I like Kurelek's Canadian paintings. I particularly enjoy this book because it captures life across much of Canada and presenting the nativity in a way that is relevant here. I have given this book to many Canadian friends.




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