191 pages, illustrated softcover $11.95



112 pages, illustrated softcover $9.95


Welcome to Nativity Press, a small Roman Catholic publisher helping young hearts discover the face of Christ. Nativity Press is pleased to announce the publication of its second book, The Costly Cookie Chronicles: A Young Heart Discovers the Face of Christ.

Eleven-year old Clare wants to be a saint for Jesus, but there are a few things standing in her way: everything she says, does, and thinks. Well...not exactly, but almost. Clare finds surrendering her will to Jesus unbelievably hard, until a visiting priest shares an amazing secret during her church's parish mission.

In this second book by Julie Kelly, Clare discovers the tender love of Mary, the transforming power of meditating on the life of Jesus through the rosary, and the joy of contemplating with Mary the face of Christ. And in her delightfully candid way, Clare invites readers to walk the narrow road with her to Jesus through Mary.

"I highly recommend this lovely book by Julie Kelly. I pray that every young person who reads this book and prays the rosary will discover the face of Christ through Our Lady and her rosary. Vocations are born, future saints are made, and purity is retained when children learn to treasure the great gift of the rosary. May every child and adult who reads this book be inspired to never let a day go by without holding the hand of Mary, laying roses at her feet, and prayerfully meditating on the saving mysteries of Jesus!"

Father Donald Calloway, MIC, STL
Author, Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon


In 2013 Nativity Press introduced Julie's first book, Clare's Costly Cookie: A Young Heart Discovers the Way of Love. In this book Clare, a nine-year old thunderbolt in pigtails, joyfully invites children to experience her transformation from a strong-willed, self-absorbed child to a faithful follower of Jesus. With grace and courage she offers to Him the most meaningful gift she possibly can: her self-will.

Clare models for children that following Jesus Christ and striving for true holiness are worth any cost. With spirit and spunk she demonstrates for young readers that living the holy Catholic faith is not only exciting, but better than gooey, warm chocolate chip cookies!

"What Julie is contributing with her book is the fostering of a personal and prayerful relationship between the child and God with the character of simplicity and spontaneity. This little book, manifesting a succession of childlike dialogues with God in total simplicity and trust, will help the children of our time to take the habit to pray throughout the day..."

Father Antoine Thomas, csj
Founder, Children of Hope