The Manger and the Message: The Real Story of Christmas in Less Than Two Minutes

Here’s a resource from a friend of mine that I know you will like. Bret Nicholas worked with me at Loyola Press for a number of years and contributed greatly to the titling and marketing of many of my books and for that, I am eternally grateful. He runs his own publishing business and has authored an outstanding little resource called The Manger and the Message: The Real Story of Christmas in Less Than Two Minutes. Here’s how Bret describes it:

Give people the joy of Christmas… and the grace of Good Friday… and the hope of Easter…


What is The Manger and the Message? To put it simply, it’s the Good News in a nutshell! In just two short minutes (because who has time these days??), the book moves the reader through three key themes of the Gospels: the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the process, it helps children and adults “connect the dots” all the way from the manger to the empty tomb (after all, if it weren’t for the proclamation “Christ is risen!” the announcement “Christ is born!” wouldn’t mean a thing). Written in a fast, fresh, friendly, and faithful-to-Scripture style, the book will appeal to adults and children alike.

If you would be interested in receiving a free sample copy of this book, please let me know. Substantial discounts off the retail price of $3.99 are available when purchasing in bulk, allowing you to reach more people with “the message” of the gospel. If interested, simply call our office at 605-260-6870 or e-mail me at You can also view the book in its entirety online at

May the peace and joy of the RISEN CHRIST be with you this Christmas Season and always!

Bret Nicholaus
Publisher, William Randall Publishing
Author, The Manger and the Message

Be sure to look at the Christmas resources that Loyola Press offers:

About Joe Paprocki 2517 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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