Marianne Jordan could hardly believe it when she held a copy of her book, “The First Christmas Carol: A Miser, A Manger, A Miracle.”
“I find it amazing that a play I wrote for kids so that everyone would have a part has become a book,” said Marianne who lives in Fuquay Varina with her husband Bill and their two dogs.
I was among the many that saw Marianne’s play about a Christmas Eve like none other in the New Horizon’s Fellowship sanctuary in 1999.
Through the years, I have kept in touch with Marianne to find out if she had published the screenplay. She would always smile and say, “one day, maybe.”
One day came on November 7, 2013 when Marianne’s book was released on Amazon and available at Quail Ridge Books.
I got my copy of the book on Kindle and couldn’t stop reading it. In Jordan’s imaginative retelling of Dickens’ classic story, Scrooge is cast as the inn keeper from Bethlehem in the days just before the birth of Jesus.
As the story progresses, Scrooge feels emotions and I loved how Marianne phrased the first time he was sad. “Something on Ebenezer’s face tickled, like a bug crawling down his cheek. Wiping his fingers across it, he realized it was a tear.”
Delving deep into Scripture, Marianne teases out moments of wonder that all point toward the birth and resurrection of Jesus. At the same time, she keeps the storyline of Tiny Tim, the nephew and the beloved sister intact.
The weaving of the stories comes together when the future Scrooge sees is not his, but that of Jesus.
Marianne pays special attention to Jesus’ mother.
“I hope this book sheds a realistic light on what it was like for Mary to be pregnant and going through labor in a stable without drugs,” she said.
Storytelling and writing comes easy for Marianne, who graduated from Radford University with a degree in Speech Telecommunications. Her first job was as a DJ for a music station in Roanoke, Va.
That’s where that she met Bill Jordan, who recently retired from his DJ gig on local radio station 101.5.
“We were married in 1981 and the local paper ran a story about our call letters merging,” Marianne said laughing.
Over the last decade, she worked on the book idea as she drove back and forth to Virginia to care for her ailing mother. The joy of having her book published was diminished greatly by her mother’s continued decline and death a week after the book release.
“It’s been overwhelming to having all the emotions packed in at this time,” Jordan said.
After raising a child and having successful careers, the Jordans are entering their second act in life. Bill spends his time volunteering as his wife’s junior marketing director and will help with special Christmas events in Durham and Garner. Marianne is working on her next book.
They spend as much time as they can with their grandson.
Referencing a line from “Dances with Wolves,” Bill told Marianne, “We’ve come far, you and me.”
Faith Filter Column published in The Cary News on December 4, 2013.
Copies of Marianne's book are available on Amazon.
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.