About The Last Man at the Inn

The last man at the inn

Simon considers himself fortunate after securing the final room at the inn in Bethlehem. While eating his supper, he sees a younger man and his pregnant wife denied lodging at the door of the inn. Simon momentarily considers giving up his space, but he is weary from his travels as a spice merchant and turns away from the thought.

Over the ensuing years, Simon traverses the popular trade routes, and each time he passes Bethlehem, he is reminded of that evening and plagued by guilt.

In time, the Savior begins his ministry, and Simon begins the life-changing process of trying to understand and believe the teachings and miracles of this man called Jesus—said to be the promised Messiah.

The Last Man at the Inn is the story of a journey of conversion we all take in one form or another, told through the eyes and heart of a common man. It is written to affirm the believer, to lovingly beckon to the undecided, and to call out to those who may not even know they are looking for something—only that there is a space in their soul that somehow needs to be filled.

My review

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if you had been there when Jesus Christ was born? I know I have. This little historical novel brings to life what could have been one man’s experience during that time period.

I liked the way this book didn’t end with the birth of Jesus Christ. It starts there and goes through his death, following Simon. Simon was a good man, not a perfect man. He didn’t want to give up his well-deserved last spot at the inn to the young couple who were obviously about to have a baby.

I liked Simon. He seemed human, like he really was there. He found the young family and was ashamed that because he hadn’t given up his spot, the young woman had her baby out in the cold. This became very hard for him when he found that his own wife was so very near delivery when he arrived at home.

And this experience stuck with him. All through the different parts of his life, Simon thought about it. I loved the way it eventually changes Simon in this book. And by changing Simon, it changes his whole family. This is a great book to read and think about as we get closer to Christmas!

I was sent a copy of The Last Man at the Inn as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

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About the author

R. William Bennett grew up on the Jersey shore and in Connecticut. He is the author of the best-selling Christmas novella Jacob T. Marley and the award-winning book The Christmas Gift. He works as a division president of Franklin Covey. He and his wife are the parents of four children, and they live in the Southwest.

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