Brandon Vogt

Pope Benedict’s “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives” Giveaway!

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out past giveaways here.


Thanks to Image Books, this week I’m giving away FIVE copies of Pope Benedict’s just-released book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives (Image Books, hardcover, 144 pages). Here’s the short description:

In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s life as a child in this momentous third and final book in the international best-selling Jesus of Nazareth series.

The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus, our Savior, and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary.

This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child.

Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.


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The drawing is now closed. Congratulations to Alexnader C, Amanda C, Dan C, Adam S, and Richard S for winning this week! Check your e-mail for instructions on receiving the books. If you don’t see an e-mail from me, check your spam box—apparently e-mails with “giveaway” in the title are prone to end up there.

In the future I’ll be giving away more books and resources, sometimes multiple items per giveaway! So subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

  • joachim

    The Blessed Mother beholding God “helpless” before her

  • Tim S.

    the tension between Jesus’mind as a child and His Divine Will- if that Mystery is explored by our Pope.

  • Melissa Guerrero-Beltrán

    I would

  • Would love to get a copy of this book.

  • david jackson

    Wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it, so read it at a book store. Would be nice to have my own copy.

  • TomB

    Haven’t been able to read B-16’s previous books in the series but maybe this sill help…

  • Nanhood54

    Jesus’ entry into this world as a helpless newborn baby totally dependent on his parents love and protection is indeed humbling …His heavenly Father’s plan for our redemption was mysterious and awesome!!

  • Adlerd

    not sure what we should be commenting on…sounds like what we might be wondering about regarding Jesus? I’ve always thought I should turn to Mary when struggling with patience and my children when they are not listening at all. I wonder if that is right, Jesus was w/o sin so he probably always obeyed so Mary probably didn’t have this problem.

  • Kyle Sanders

    What intrigues me most is that God chose to come as a newborn child. What humility! I would have rather come with a full regal announcement.

  • Thadeus

    The awesomeness of God in the humility of the form of the creation.

  • EK

    thank you for sharing!

  • Juanbrueda

    the youth years, from 12 to 16 years

  • Been looking forward to volume three since… well, since finishing volume two!

  • Very excited about this one! Count me in!

  • Richard Ferris

    I have always wondered what happened in his infancy life. I would assume since Jesus was without sin, he didn’t go through the ‘terrible twos’ and such?! 🙂

  • I’ve always been fascinated by the appearance of the Wise Men. Primarily their journey and as men of science how they found and were in awe of Jesus. It also relates to my own life as a woman of science and my wedding anniversary is the Feast of Epiphany.

  • Amanda

    My husband and I would love to read this!

  • Cph240

    How strange the story is and

  • Guest

    What intrigues me is Jesus realizing his mission from His Father.

  • ByWayofBeauty

    To quote Chesterton: “That the hands that had made the sun and stars were too small to reach the huge heads of the cattle.”

  • Kayla Peterson

    I’m very curious about what Christ was like as a child. My guess is he was mischievous in a good way!

  • Nic Davidson

    Suddenly having an 18-month-old in our home due to adoption, I’ve been wondering what a “perfect” baby would look like. I’d love to know what His tantrums looked like, due to lack of ability to communicate. IF He had tantrums, that is. Basically, I’d love to see how the hypostatic union looked in the early days when “self control” wasn’t even an issue, yet.

  • Angela

    I just opened Pope Benedict’s first “Jesus of Nazareth” book to answer a question one of my college aged children asked during a family Bible study. What a gift! I would love to have this book. I pray that whomever among us needs it the most will receive it. Thank you for arranging this offer!

  • David

    What a wonderful gift. I am greatly intrigued on how Pope Benedict expounds on something as simple (yet profound) as a birth.

  • Natalie Grabowski

    The thing that most intrigues me about Jesus’s birth and infancy is St. Joseph and Our Lady’s role in it.

  • What better way to prepare during Advent than to read Benedict XVI’s interpretation of the Infancy Narratives.

  • Julie F (@jfount)

    I love the excerpts I’ve read and I’d love to read more. Pope Benedict is such a wonderful writer!

  • Tomás Murray

    Humility, poverty and vulnerability

  • Stuart

    I guess I’m most intrigued by how soon Jesus realized He was God.

  • Christina Channell

    Pick me, pick me!

  • Scott

    Great giveaway!
    Thank you !

  • After having a baby of my own, I always wonder about the circumstances surrounding Mary’s labor and delivery!

  • lena ~ JOYfilledfamily

    thanks for your generosity in offering these giveaways.

  • Christi

    It would be an early birthday present – for myself.

  • logos

    We need to go back to the infant in order to understand the power of our witness in a failing democracy

  • Christina Poynter

    Okay, so I’m still working on the first one, but this book is still on my “to read” list!

  • James Larsen

    One more book to add to my “must read” list. It keeps growing almost daily! Brandon thanks for so many great suggestions.

  • Dallas

    I love how BXVI ties it all to Luke 2:19!

  • Ana H.

    I wonder if Jesus understood He was the Son of God at an early age, the complexity of what it meant.

  • Deacon Chuck

    the depth of love that God has for us, expressed in the Incarnation, is what has always amazed me the most

  • Littlecatholicbubble

    I want to hear anything Pope Benedict has to say about Jesus. Anything.

  • Roaming Roman

    What most intrigues me about Jesus’ birth and infancy is the samll amount of biblical reference to that time of His life on earth.

  • Michaelmsc83

    the fact that God the creator of the universe entered into history, lived a humble life, and did not cling onto titles or privileges

  • Magnoliaj1962

    I love the infant Jesus because He came to us as a baby so that we could identify with His littleness. He was so dependant upon His parents, just as we are dependant on Him. He is the bread of life as He is placed in a manager feeding trough.

  • Jean Pergande

    I would love to receive this book.

  • Dan Crofts

    It seems that by becoming a small child born into humble circumstances, the Lord taught us to seek Him with our whole hearts. By becoming a little child, He made it so that the shepherds and the magi would have to humble themselves to see Him. By being born in an isolated manger among animals, He taught us detachment from worldly riches so as to find our greatest treasure in Him.

  • Maureen Donovan Regan

    Yes please! I’m a fan, of both you and the Pope 😉

  • Jason

    I have read the first two and am super excited to hear what The Holy Father has to say now!

  • The philosophical ramifications of the incarnation are fantastic.

  • Barb

    Great shopping day today for books. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Mary Matheus

    What intrigues me most is the adversity that his parents faced and the simplicity of his birth. Jesus had the most humble of beginnings and yet he is God. It just seems so counter-cultural.

  • Susan

    To be able to follow The Little Way because Jesus taught us first!

  • LizEst

    I am intrigued by what the Pope has to say about the early life of Jesus, as a product of both his personal study and meditation. I would love to win this book. Thanks Brandon.

  • Kelly


  • Pricelesspearl1

    I have been fascinated by the mystery of transformation. How does a stable become a palace for our King and a trough His Royal bed? How blind am I…Lord, I want to see..

  • Mark Sandoval

    Man when I heard this book was coming out a few weeks ago, I got super excited. The Holy Fathers books on our Lord are absolutely amazing.

  • aslide

    I was just thinking about purchasing this book so it’d be great if I could win it! 🙂

  • Msproule

    I am intrigued by the fact that so little is really found in Scripture. There are therefore many traditions that are not necessarily scriptural. I will enjoy reading the Holy Father’s book.

  • Annette

    I am very interested in reading this. Whether I win or now, I have added it to my “must read” list!

  • I’m intrigued by Jesus’ capacity to know everything and continue willing the existence of all creation while being just a babe in a manger! Deacon JR

  • 7thSacramentGuy

    What intrigues me most about the birth and infancy of Jesus… is the unknown regarding the years of his childhood. Little children are wonderful, and they were obviously special to Jesus as an adult. But what kind of little child was he?

  • Michael Blissenbach

    How God could have both a human and divine nature.

  • As a mother, I remember clearly how much infants are dependent and how, while most people find most infants lovable, they are absolutely entrancing to their parents. I find it intriguing to think about Christ being so utterly helpless yet at the same time so lovable. Was he more lovable than other infants, or exactly the same? Babies call forth a very pure, disinterested love. Statues and paintings of St. Anthony holding the infant Christ intrigue me the same way.

  • Ray Rondini

    Well, NOW I’m pretty super curious about the timeline of events, since all the headlines are saying the Holy Father says Jesus was born years earlier than commonly accepted. Plus, I bet these books will make Benedict a Doctor of the Church some day, so who wouldn’t want to have them?!

  • KarenElissa

    I’m in!

  • Tyler

    How the All-Powerful Creator could humble himself in a way that He is completely helpless.

  • Janet Marie Smekar

    I’d like to win this.

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