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Stephen Mitchell ~ The First Christmas: A Story of New Beginnings

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Live Webinar


Join Stephen Mitchell, co-author with Byron Katie of Loving What Is and world renowned translator of Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, Gilgamesh, and Rilke's poetry, for a presentation of his new book.

The First Christmas: A Story of New Beginnings is a startlingly beautiful reimagining of the Nativity story that will enchant and astonish readers of every background.

The First Christmas is a wonderful book, tender and rich with bursts of humour, filled with curious contrivances and surprises. Reading it felt like opening a brightly-wrapped Christmas present and finding a second box (also brightly wrapped) inside, and inside that box a third, and then another, and another, and another. Until, at the very center, in a tiny box, there is a diamond: the wisdom contained within this telling.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

I love The First Christmas. What a charming way Stephen Mitchell has found to tell my favorite story of all, the Nativity, character by character (I love the donkey and the ox), with wise and thrilling interludes about God, reality, truth.”

Anne Lamott

Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn in 1943, educated at Amherst, the Sorbonne, and Yale, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. He is married to Byron Katie, founder of The Work, with whom he co-authored the bestsellers Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy. A world renowned translator and scholar, he has brought to life a wide range of literary classics, including the Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, the Bhagavad Gita and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. See several of his titles below: