Award-winning TV personality Raymond Arroyo's evocative new book will take its place in the pantheon of classics for Christian children.
Majestically illustrated by Randy Gallegos, this inspiring story begins when the Holy Family is set upon by roadside thieves. Jesus is a young boy--and the lead bandit is the Bad Thief. His accomplice is a young man named Dismas, later the Good Thief.
Remembering his own mother and family, Dismas is moved with compassion and persuades the leader to let the Holy Family go. He does not change his ways, but while on the cross many years later, Dismas is caught in the entrancing gaze of the Blessed Mother from under his own cross. He suddenly realizes that the man suffering horribly next to him was the captivating boy on that fateful day long ago. He instantly asks Jesus for forgiveness--and knowing exactly who he is, Jesus forgives Dismas, assuring him of Paradise that very day
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About the Author
Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, an international broadcaster and frequent correspondent for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and has worked for the Associated Press. Mr. Arroyo has made frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Access Hollywood and many more. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. A renaissance man at heart and in practice, Arroyo is a graduate of the reputable New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as well as New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied with some of the finest acting instructors in the world, among them: Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, Uta Hagen, and Beatrice Straight. He has also acted and directed in New York and London. A native New Orleanian, Mr. Arroyo is passionate about sharing the unique culture of his beloved Crescent City and the great state of Louisiana. Earning a Telly Award, Arroyo produced, wrote and hosted a musical Christmas special for PBS which is currently airing called Christmastime in New Orleans with compendium Billboard chart-topping soundtrack (available on Verve Records/AimHigher). He has produced other Billboard topping musical projects including "The Birth of Christ" with Liam Neeson (Sony Classics). His eight books, including his biography of Mother Angelica and his Best-selling multi-book Will Wilder children's series (Random House Kids) were all New York Times Bestsellers. Known for his penetrating interviews, Arroyo has interviewed the leading figures of the day. Highlights include: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Mel Gibson, Wendell Pierce, Placido Domingo, DeVon Franklin, Chef Leah Chase, Mary Higgins Clark, Aaron Neville, Tim Conway, Irma Thomas, Mark Burnett, Martin Sheen, Johnny Mathis, Jose Feliciano, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Ellis Marsalis, Liv Tyler, Christian Bale, Kate Hudson and a groundbreaking interview with comic legend, Jerry Lewis, to name just a few. A longtime avid fan of origin stories, Raymond will release a project near and dear to his heart with a book which presents a multi-sensory spin on an all but lost legend surrounding the Christmas story. Just in for the holidays and destined to be an instant Christmas classic beloved by all ages, The Spider That Saved Christmas (Sophia Press) will be available on October 22, 2020. Mr. Arroyo resides in his native New Orleans with his wife Rebecca and their three children.