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Mary: A Study in Luke 1 and 2 is the second book published by Alexandria author Gretchen Nelson. Her first, The Camels are Coming, is an in-depth study of the 24th book of Genesis and was published in 2009. In Mary, Nelson paints a vivid picture of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and brings her remarkable and timeless story to life.

Judging a book by its cover

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Contrary to the old adage, Jessica Larum judges books by the cover - especially when they show her own work.

When Alexandria author Gretchen Nelson asked Larum, an incoming senior at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria, to design the cover of her latest book, Mary: A Study in Luke 1 and 2, Larum felt "very honored."


Nelson and Larum became acquainted at JHS, where Nelson has been a substitute teacher for some of Larum's classes.

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