The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross

by Patrick O’Hearn


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About The Shepherd at the Crib and the Cross

Throughout history shepherds have been viewed as a simple and unassuming lot. Rediscover the story of Christmas through the eyes of one shepherd boy, Nissim, who longs to meet the Messiah. Nissim relishes the Prophet Micah’s prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and prays that he is ready when the Son of God arrives.

This 50 page fictional children’s book filled with scripture verses, prayers, and original artwork by Catholic artist, Michael Corsini, puts Christ at the center of our holy days while connecting Christmas and Easter into one beautiful story.

See how Nissim, whose name is Hebrew for “miracle” and “wonder” experiences his own miracle as he presents a lifelong gift to Our Savior. Above all, may you the reader, both young and old, rediscover the miracles of Christmas and Easter with the heart of a child.


“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 Fame, 5X MLB All Star
Husband to Shara and Father to Michael, McKara, Donovan, Fiona, Quinn and Ryan

“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 Cherish

“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. And it has four prayers at the back of the book for each season. The impressive artwork is done by Michael Corsini and St. Joseph appears in much of the art.”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

Author of Consecration to St. Joseph

About the Author & Illustrator

Patrick O’Hearn

FOUNDER, author

Patrick O’Hearn grew up in the Midwest and spent close to three years in a Benedictine Monastery before discerning the call to marriage. He graduated with a master’s in education from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a bachelor’s in marketing from St. Ambrose University. He is a husband and father of three children-two in Heaven. He founded Contemplative Heart Press to lead readers to a deeper union with God.

Michael Corsini

Artist, Illustrator

Michael Corsini is a painter, musician, husband and father of five little ones. He has been creating works of art for healing and renewal for nearly two decades and has a BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design as well as a MTS from the John Paul Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He also spent 5 years in temporary vows in discernment as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

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