In every heart there is a longing to love and to be loved. In The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross, meet Nissim—a shepherd boy whose name means “miracle” or “wonder.” Nissim’s hope for a Messiah is fulfilled when he encounters the love of the Christ-child at Bethlehem. When Nissim meets that Messiah once again at Calvary, will he be able to offer his gift of love in return?


Patrick O’Hearn is a husband and father. He is the author of The Parents of the Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints and co-author of Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents. You can visit his website at

Michael Corsini is a husband, father, and homesteader. He is also an artist, musician, and author. He has illustrated Sitting Like a Saint by Dr. Gregory and Barbra Bottaro; the Little Convent in the Big City series by Mother Clare, C.F.R.; and several other Catholic children’s books. You can visit his website at St. Joseph is his favorite character in the Nativity story because of his strength and courage to follow God’s will.

The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross is an inspiring story of a shepherd who meets Jesus at Bethlehem as a youth and later at Calvary as an adult. It is an Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter book all in one.”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of Consecration to St. Joseph


Kimberly Hahn

The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross is a beautiful story of a shepherd who encounters Jesus twice. Beautifully illustrated and written, this will be a treasure to share with your children and grandchildren. Highly recommended.”

Kimberly Hahn, Author of Chosen and Cherished and Host of the Beloved and Blessed Podcast


Mike Sweeney

“This is a beautiful story that will illuminate the heart and mind of the reader by enflaming the gift of Faith and encouraging a friendship with Jesus. This book is not only for children but for the ‘mature’ reader with the heart of a child. The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross . . . a home run!”

Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer, 5x Major League Baseball All Star,
Husband to Shara and Father to Michael, McKara, Donovan, Fiona, Quinn, and Ryan


Katie Warner

“This beautiful tale allows readers to step into the shoes of Nissim, a shepherd who encounters Our Lord at both Bethlehem and Calvary. A moving story perfect for Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter reading, The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross helps children reflect on Christ’s personal love for each of us and the humble gifts we can offer back to Him.”

Katie Warner, Bestselling Children’s Book Author at


Fr. Michael Denk

“I immediately loved the artwork in this book. But then I read the story and was even more in awe. I am so moved by the shepherd’s desire to see the Messiah and to tell his family about Jesus. There is such a longing in The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross as well as wonder and awe.”

Fr. Michael J. Denk, Priest of the Diocese of Cleveland

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2 reviews for The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross

  1. Elizabeth Budelier

    Captivating Story for Children of All Ages!
    The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross is a beautiful story with breathtaking illustrations. This book is the perfect way to share the story of the life of Christ in a gentle manner with children of all ages. The story takes the reader along as a shepherd encounters Jesus throughout his life. There is a wonderful example of sacrificial love that everyone can learn from in this touching story. Many of our Christmas books get put away at the end of the season, but this is a book that is read throughout the year. We love the prayers for Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter in the back. My children are captivated by this tale and ask for it to be read again and again. It’s a perfect gift for children, grandchildren, or godchildren of all ages to be given in any season.

  2. Lindsay Schlegel

    My daughter made her First Communion last year at Christmas Eve, and I wish we’d had this book then! The connections between Jesus’ birth and death are profound, and they are explored with beauty and grace in this book. Often we think of Christmas and Easter as separate holidays, but this book connects the dots between them beautifully. The story is easy to get into and I loved the main character right away. Nissan’s love for God is portrayed with joy. His journey through life keeps his faith at the fore. And the way it ends just about brought me to tears. There are some great, simple prayer resources in the back, too. Another wonderful children’s book from Emmaus Road.

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