Prophecy a Promise & a Child: True Tales of Christ
- Artist: Michael Forestieri
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/26/2006
For a seeker friendly journey through the whole Nativity story, "A Prophecy, A Promise, and A Child" promises not only to please, but to enlighten. "Millions of nativity scenes are set up each year as Christmas decorations without a full understanding who the figurines represent or why they are all standing around in a stable," Forestieri says, "I'm inviting my listeners to experience the big picture through the voices of each character and the part they each played." "The events of the Nativity happened to real people like you and I. What were their thoughts, hopes, and dreams?" Nationally acclaimed teller Lilly Marge Hill coached Forestieri through this project. "Michael gets into the skin of other people to tell from their viewpoint," she says. "Not many people can, but good storytellers do that. This telling will encourage you to get yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up and listen to how Mary deals with riding a donkey when she's nine months pregnant." The prophecies and instrumentals on this CD call out and the stories answer as the listener is taken through a series of events that build into the climax of the birth of Jesus. "The purpose of this CD is to let the listener know that the Prophecy came true, the Promise was kept, and the Child was born." Adding an unsuspected flavor and a "just right" seasoning of carols to the listener's journey are the Celtic harp and haunting keyboard renditions. Listed on the Approved Artist Roster of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Forestieri has been awarded grants and residencies for promoting the use of storytelling in education and in character building. He serves on the board of directors for the national Christian Storytelling Network and is president of the Delaware chapter.