Blog Tour: The Nativity Pageant

Neil K Johnson and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce “The Nativity Pageant” blog tour, which will run from November 1-15, 2017.

About the book:

Would you rather read the nativity story or be a part of it? Using simple stage directions, easy-to-find props, and a script that’s straight from the scriptures, this book helps you act out the familiar story of the first Christmas for your friends and family. Start a new tradition this season with a simple pageant you’ll look forward to performing year after year.


About the author:

Neil K. Johnson taught school for 44 years–first drama, then English–and he loves kids. He was able to teach over 7,000, and as a result, many of them won awards for their writing and drama. He was chosen as the 2010 Utah English Teacher of the Year, and he was president of a state English and two state drama and speech teacher associations. Neil received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Superior. He did doctoral work at the University of Utah and the University of Northern Colorado. He wrote The Drama Source Book and compiled three books of plays. Neil and his current wife Sharee both lost their first spouses to cancer. They married and blended their family of 15 kids, and they have 50 grandkids (and counting). Neil is very active in his church, and he loves to see the enactment of the nativity pageant at Christmastime. He knows many of the struggles to make the pageant meaningful, and he has tried to address them in this dramatization.

Author Residence: Lehi, UT

Blog Tour Schedule 

Nov 1  Pebbles and Piggytails
Nov 2  A Bliss Complete
Nov 3  Bookworm Lisa
Nov 5  Rockin’ Book Reviews
Nov 7  Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Nov 7  Singing Librarian Books
Nov 9  I Am A Reader
Nov 10  Aubrey Zaruba
Nov 11  Author Laurisa White Reyes
Nov 13  What’s Up Fagans?
Nov 14  Compass Book Ratings
Nov 14  LDS and Lovin’ It
Nov 15  A Lively Hope
Heidi Robbins

*For openings, contact Cedar Fort



Narrator 1: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Narrator 2: And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
(Joseph leads the “donkey” with Mary on its back [or Joseph and Mary walk together] to the stage left side of the room.)

Narrator 1: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:
(Mary gets off the “donkey,” stretches her painful back, and sits.)

Narrator 2: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Narrator 1: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
(Mary puts “baby” into the cradle and stares at him lovingly.)

October 2017 New Releases

Check out the newest releases from Cedar Fort!

My Nativity ABCs   by Esther Yu Sumner, Alex Worthen (Illustrated by)

Create a Christ-filled Christmas with this gorgeously illustrated ABC book that’s all about the Savior. From the A for angel to the Z for zzz, this book celebrates the true reason for our rejoicing with rhyming text and a clear focus on the nativity story. Perfect for families to read together at Christmastime and all year round!

On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120277, 146212027X $14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
Hardcover Juvenile Nonfiction \ Concepts \ Alphabet, Juvenile Nonfiction \ Holidays & Celebrations \ Christmas & Advent,
Juvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ Christian \ Early Readers,
Plain Sight 32 pages 10inW | 8inH

Angels Foretold of Baby Jesus   by Dona Wilding Haws, Illustrated by Lisa Dzierzon

See the familiar nativity story in a whole new light! This illustrated picture book shows how Heavenly Father prepared his people by sending angels to share the good news of the Savior’s birth. From Isaiah till the night Jesus was born, this book is sure to inspire the whole family at Christmastime and all year long!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462119875, 1462119875
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
Hardcover Picture Book Juvenile Nonfiction \ Holidays & Celebrations \ Christmas & Advent, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints,
 CFI 32 pages 8inW | 10inH

Gifts of the Nativity   by Jeana James, Illustrated by Sarah C. Nightingale

Discover the deeper meanings in your Nativity scene. This beautifully illustrated book will help you ponder the importance of each piece of the Nativity as you read about its symbolic meanings and how it relates to our lives today. Spread the true spirit of Christmas this year and let your Nativity scene lead you closer to Christ.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120604, 1462120601
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD
Hardcover Picture Book Juvenile Nonfiction \ Holidays & Celebrations \ Christmas & Advent, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints,
CFI 32 pages 8inW | 10inH

Bring your favorite scriptural heroes to life with this fun family ABC book! Discover the amazing men and women God inspired to do great things in His name, from A for Adam to Z for Zacharias. Colorful and entertaining, this book is the perfect way to teach alphabet letters and Bible lessons at the same time!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120246, 1462120245 $14.99 USD, $16.99 CAD Hardcover Picture Book
Juvenile Nonfiction \ Concepts \ Alphabet, Juvenile Nonfiction \ Religion \ Bible Stories, Juvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ Christian \ Early Readers
CFI 32 pages 10inW | 8inH

The Nativity Pageant   by Neil K. Johnson

 Would you rather read the nativity story or be a part of it? Using simple stage directions, easy-to-find props, and a script that’s straight from the scriptures, this book helps you act out the familiar story of the first Christmas for your friends and family. Start a new tradition this season with a simple pageant you’ll look forward to performing year after year.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120321, 1462120326 $4.99 USD, $5.99 CAD
Paperback Drama \ Religious & Liturgical, Religion \ Holidays \ Christmas & Advent
CFI 32 pages 5.5inW | 8.5inH

The Old Testament Made Easier (Box Set)   by David J. Ridges

Sometimes our scripture study isn’t always as productive as we’d like it to be. The Old Testament Made Easier Boxed Set (Parts 1, 2, and 3) is the perfect study companion! Along with the complete text of the Old Testament, this valuable study guide includes in-the-verse notes and additional insights and commentary.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121236, 1462121233
$64.99 USD, $74.99 CAD
Paperback Religion \ Biblical Commentary \ Old Testament,
Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
CFI 6inW | 9inH

The Virtual Missionary: The Power of Your Digital Testimony   by Greg Trimble

Thanks to modern technology, our ability to share, influence, and serve online has multiplied exponentially. This inspiring and informational book will teach you exactly how to maximize platforms like YouTube, blogging, and social media sites to increase your online missionary work. Join the movement, spread the gospel message, and build up the kingdom-all without leaving your home!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017
9781462121069, 1462121063
$15.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
Paperback Computers \ Web \ Social Networking , Religion \ Christian Ministry \ Evangelism, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
CFI 192 pages 6inW | 9inH

100 Signs of the Times (Family Deluxe Edition)   byDavid J. Ridges

We live in the latter days, and the signs of the Second Coming are starting to be fulfilled. Learn which signs have already occurred, which are transpiring now, and which will shortly come to pass in this special deluxe edition featuring full-color illustrations, beautifully designed pages, and new material from bestselling author and master gospel teacher David J. Ridges. Strengthen your testimony and promote your own inner peace, stability, and happiness as you learn about this prophesied era of miracles.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121298, 1462121292
$36.99 USD, $42.99 CAD
Hardcover Religion \ Christian Theology \ Eschatology, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
CFI 224 pages 8.5inW | 11inH

A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology   by Carla Kelly

At Christmastime, love is just a wish away! Join master romance writer Carla Kelly in this joyful celebration of the most wonderful time of the year. Set in regency England, these Christmas tales will take you from dangerous adventures on snowy roads to cozy little cottages, filled with holiday mischief. Five fun stories in one book!
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462119820, 1462119824
$10.99 USD, $12.99 CAD
Mass Market Fiction \ Romance \ Historical \ Regency, Fiction \ Romance \ Holiday
Sweetwater 320 pages 4.25inW | 7inH

The Gnome Exchange Program: North Pole Rescue   byMatt Caliri

There’s only one person who can save Christmas this year, and it’s not Santa Clause. This year the fate of everyone’s favorite holiday rests solely in the hands of a twelve-year-old gnome named Geronimo. Luckily, Geronimo is no ordinary gnome. With his wits and daring, he should have absolutely no trouble tracking down the evil Krampus and bringing him back to the North Pole . . .
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120123, 1462120121
$17.99 USD, $20.99 CAD
Paperback Fiction \ Science Fiction \ Humorous, Fiction \ Science Fiction \ Action & Adventure, Fiction \ Holidays

272 pages 6inW | 9inH

Brush with Love   by Lisa McKendrick

Lana, a talented Ivy League artist, and Walt, a small-town farmer, couldn’t be more different. She arrives in Bluegill, Idaho, ready to spend the summer painting, excited to study under Walt’s grandpa, a brilliant but aging artist. The more she is thrown together with Walt though–and the more she spends time with him–the more she realizes her heart may be drawing up its own plans. As the weeks pass, Lana realizes she’ll have to choose between following her dreams or following her heart.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121250, 146212125X $17.99 USD, $20.99 CAD
Paperback Fiction \ Christian \ Romance, Fiction \ Romance \ Clean & Wholesome, Religion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
Bonneville 272 pages 6inW | 9inH

Media Maze: Unconventional Wisdom for Guiding Children Through Media   by Eric Rasmussen, PhD

As a father of four, Dr. Eric Rasmussen knows firsthand how easily and often children are exposed to harmful media. His professional research has been quoted in Parents Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, among many other outlets. Learn to set healthy boundaries, create media strategies that will work for your family, and arm your children with successful strategies for when–not if–they see bad things on the internet.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121229, 1462121225 $13.99 USD, $15.99 CAD
Paperback Computers \ Digital Media, Family & Relationships \ Parenting, Family & Relationships \ Education
Plain Sight 176 pages 6inW | 9inH

Sous Vide Cooking with Sansaire: Recipes for Unmatched Flavor   by Modern Chef, Inc

Create five-star flavor every time you cook with the total control of sous vide cooking. Used by top restaurant chefs, this precise method guarantees an even temperature for perfectly cooked food that’s never overdone and keeps all its tender taste. Follow these steps with your sous vide cooker and you’ll soon be enjoying gourmet restaurant quality meals at a fraction of restaurant prices.

On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462120680, 1462120687
$29.99 USD, $34.99 CAD
Hardcover Cooking \ Methods \ Special Appliances, Cooking \ Courses & Dishes,
Front Table Books 224 pages 7inW | 9inH

Utah’s Greatest Wonders: A Photographic Journey of the Five National Parks   by Christopher Cogley, Photographs by Rich Briggs

Discover the natural beauty, breathtaking scenery, and gorgeous vistas of Utah’s national parks-known locally as “The Mighty Five”-all from the comfort of your living room. This stunning collection of photographs will inspire you to seek out new vistas every day no matter where your daily journey takes you. Filled with insightful historical information and iconic photographs, this book is the perfect way to bring the outdoors into your home.
On Sale Date: October 10, 2017 9781462121243, 1462121241
$29.99 USD, $34.99 CAD
Hardcover Photography \ Subjects & Themes \ Landscapes, Travel \ Parks & Campgrounds, Nature \ Rocks & Minerals
Plain Sight 144 pages 10inW | 8inH

October 2016 New Releases from Cedar Fort!

The latest from Cedar Fort for October 2016!

We are excited to be the distributors for the Saturday’s Warrior movie and soundtrack! Available now!

713419197529Saturday’s Warrior (movie)

Saturday’s Warrior, a musical fantasy that originated on the stage in 1974 with music by Lex de Azevedo and book and lyrics by Doug Stewart, is based on the idea that we existed before we were born into this life, in a realm where we not only had relationships with others with whom we would share our earthly journey but that we might even have made promises to them. Saturday’s Warrior is also the age-old story of a prodigal son struggling to find himself as he faces temptation, family expectations, and the changing values of the time.

713419197529DVD: $24.99 USD, $28.99 CADBlu-Ray: $29.99 USD, $34.99 CAD

Saturday’s Warrior Movie Soundtrack

Saturday’s Warrior Special Edition Motion Picture Soundtrack CD. Your favorite Saturday’s Warrior songs like you’ve never heard them before! Includes all the brand new songs from the film and beautiful instrumental tracks from the score.
713419197765, 713419197765CD-ROM: $17.99 USD, $21.00 CADMusic \ Religious \ Contemporary Christian

9781462119431A Letter to Mary: The Savior’s Loving Letter to His Mother

by Jason F. Wright

Without Mary, there is no Christ. Join the Savior as He writes a loving letter to His mother, reflecting on her life, the night of the Nativity, and their eternal legacy. This Christmas, revisit the beautiful stories of the Messiah and Mary, through Christ’s eyes, and experience the heartwarming spirit of the holiday season.
9781462119431, 1462119433$14.99 USD, $16.99 CADHardcoverReligion \ Holidays \ Christmas & AdventCFI, 64 pages, 6.5inW | 6.5inH | 1inTh

9781462119707Kennedy’s Hugs   

by Jason Hansen, Heather Hansen

After her terminal diagnosis, Kennedy’s life would never be the same. But even as her body broke down, her heart never failed, nor did her ability to love. With each precious passing day, more people witnessed her faith and kindness uniting her community and spreading to millions around the world. Now you can experience firsthand this incredible true story of unfailing optimism, real miracles, and Kennedy’s inspiring legacy of love.
9781462119707, 1462119700
$17.99 USD, $21.00 CADPaperbackBiography & Autobiography \ ReligiousPlain Sight, 304 pages, 6inW | 9inH

sacrament-is-for-me_9781462118809_webThe Sacrament Is for Me   

by Jessica B. Ellingson, Illustrated by Chase Jensen

The sacrament is the most important part of the Sabbath day-and our week. Teach your little ones about the sacred sacrament and how they can apply it in their everyday lives, from the playground to piano lessons. Help your children start each week right and understand the reason behind the reverence of Jesus’s eternal sacrifice, love, and example.
9781462118809, 1462118801
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CADHardcoverJuvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ ChristianCFI, 32 pages, 8inW | 10inH | 1inTh

9781462118311Masters of Light: Coming unto Christ through Inspired Devotional Art   

by Herman du Toit

Discover the masterworks by renowned artists such as Carl Bloch and Bertel Thorvaldsen that have inspired Christian believers worldwide. Learn how these artworks have brought many to Christ and what they can teach us about realism, beauty, and truth. Acclaimed museum educator Herman du Toit’s book is filled with insightful commentary and beautiful full-color artwork that will richly reward the reader and inspire a strengthened relationship with Christ.
9781462118311, 1462118313
$29.99 USD, $34.99 CADHardcoverReligion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day SaintsCFI, 208 pages, 8inW | 10inH | 1inTh

9781462119219I Know Journal

by Al Carraway

As recent LDS convert Al Carraway says, “The best way to strengthen your testimony is to bear it. Even if it’s just to yourself.” Track your personal testimony in this beautiful cloth journal from Al, complete with monthly stickers. Record your thoughts, line upon line, month after month, discovering what you believe and who you’ve become!
9781462119219, 1462119212
$19.99 USD, $22.99 CADHardcover JournalCFI, 208 pages, 6inW | 9inH | 1inTh


defender-of-the-family_9781462118212_webDefenders of the Family   

by Ben White, Jay Fontano (Illustrated by)

Defenders of the Family, assemble! God’s magnificent plan for us rests upon the strength of the family. In this engaging children’s book, discover the roles and teachings needed to unite your family, from devoted parents to extended members, all centered on the power of the gospel. Help your children see their families as they can be: incredible, empowered, eternal followers of Jesus.
9781462118212, 1462118216
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CADHardcoverJuvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ Christian \ Family & RelationshipsCFI, 32 pages, 8inW | 10inH | 1inTh

9781462119424You’ve Got This!: How to Look Up When Life Has You Down   

by Al Carraway, Hank Smith, Elise Hahl, Zandra Vranes, Tamu Smith, Chad Hymas, Whitney Wilcox Laycock, Dallas Lloyd

Life is tough, but so are you! Learn how to work through life’s trials with advice from popular youth speakers, including Hank Smith and Al Carraway, who have endured a few challenges of their own. This encouraging book will help you see trials as essential stepping-stones to becoming who you’re destined to be.
9781462119424, 1462119425
$10.99 USD, $12.99 CADPaperbackJuvenile Nonfiction \ Religious \ Christian \ InspirationalCFI, 128 pages, 5.5inW | 8.25inH | 1inTh

9781462119455Doctrine and Covenants Made Easier Boxed Set   

by David J. Ridges

Scripture study made easy, enlightening, and straightforward. From beloved gospel scholar David Ridges comes The Doctrine and Covenants Made Easier Boxed Set! This valuable collection contains the complete text of the Doctrine and Covenants, Brother Ridges’s classic in-verse notes, and additional insights and commentary. Bring your family together and master latter-day scriptures with this helpful study companion.
9781462119455, 146211945X
$59.99 USDPaperbackReligion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day SaintsCFI, 6inW | 9inH | 1inTh

9781462118458Gilly’s Treasures   

by Julie Murphy, Jay Fontano (Illustrated by)

Gilly the seagull loves finding treasures-especially bright, shiny seashells! But will this silly seagull miss the treasures already in his life? With beautiful illustrations and a story that’s fun to read aloud, this delightful picture book is perfect for children and parents alike.
9781462118458, 1462118453
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CADHardcoverJuvenile Fiction \ Social Themes \ Values & VirtuesSweetwater, 32 pages, 1 in Th

sheppards-last-lamb_9781462118533_webSheppard’s Last Lamb   

by Annalisa Hall, Alex Worthen (Illustrated by)

Sheppard Hill wants to be a wise man or an innkeeper in the Christmas pageant, but instead he gets stuck as a boring shepherd-all because of his name! What’s even worse, he’s stuck helping his younger sisters too. But when he begins to think of Christ, can he turn this terrible turn of events into the best Christmas pageant ever?
9781462118533, 1462118534
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CADHardcoverJuvenile Fiction \ Religious \ Christian \ Holidays & CelebrationsBonneville, 32 pages, 10inW | 8inH | 1inTh

good-fast-eats_9781462119462Good Fast Eats   

by Amy Flanigan

Ready to eat in just under an hour, these recipes are healthy, delicious, and easy to make! With recipes like Eggs in Purgatory, Moo Shu Pork, and Cajun Spiced Cod, you won’t have to spend a fortune or a lot of time cooking or cleaning up. Your family will love these fresh one-pot meals perfectly balanced with amazing ingredients and spices. Cooking has never been easier or more satisfying!
9781462119462, 1462119468
$19.99 USD, $22.99 CADPaperbackCooking \ Methods \ Quick & EasyFront Table, 144 pages, 7inW | 9inH | 1inTh

9781462119226Simply Tradition: 70 Fun and Easy Holiday Ideas for Families  

by Kierste Wade

Back-to-school ice cream sundaes, haunted gingerbread houses, and cereal nights in the park. Popular blogger Kierste Wade’s simple traditions will involve the whole family in the festivities of daily life. Bring the happiness home and make memories together all year long.
9781462119226, 1462119220
PaperbackFamily & Relationships \ ActivitiesPlain Sight, 192 pages, 7inW | 9inH | 1inTh

9781462119646Mormon Temples in America: Stories of Faith and Inspiration   

by Scott Jarvie

Explore all of America’s beautiful LDS temples in this comprehensive compilation! From Seattle, Washington to Palmyra, New York, renowned photographer Scott Jarvie explores each LDS temple in America and creates a detailed compilation including beautiful photos and information on each temple’s announcement, dedication, site, floor area, and exterior finish. Each temple section is also accompanied by faith-inspiring stories surrounding its history.
9781462119646, 1462119646
$49.99 USDHardcoverReligion \ Christianity \ Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day SaintsCFI, 304 pages, 8.5inW | 11inH

9781462119059The Unsaid   

by Aaron Blaylock

Maggie, a heavenly curator of unspoken thoughts, is content to do her job while she waits for her turn in mortality. When Eric, her beholden, shows interest in the new girl at work, Maggie’s curiosity for the wonders of love and life cause her to forsake the rules in search of answers. But meddling in mortal affairs has consequences that Maggie could never have imagined…
9781462119059, 1462119050
$14.99 USD, $16.99 CADPaperbackFiction \ Christian \ FantasyBonneville, 208 pages, 5.5inW | 8.25inH | 1inTh

9781462119240For This We Are Soldiers: Stories of the Frontier Army  

by Carla Kelly

From master storyteller Carla Kelly comes this collection of frontier tales that take you behind typical army lines and into the hearts of ordinary men and women who perform extraordinary acts of bravery. From handsome hospital stewards and dashing soldiers to courageous children and wives who will pull at your heartstrings, there’s something for everyone’s fancy.
9781462119240, 1462119247
$9.99 USD, $11.99 CADMass MarketFiction \ Romance \ WesternSweetwater, 240 pages, 4.25inW | 7inH | 1inTh

9781462119325The Christmas Bike   

by Tara Mayoros

Christmas is already going to be tough for Marie and her family. When her son’s bike is stolen on Christmas Eve, Marie doesn’t know what to do. If she doesn’t find the perfect bike pronto, Christmas will be ruined-and so will her son’s faith in Santa. But the real Christmas miracle may have started long before Marie began looking for one . . .
9781462119325, 1462119328
$5.99 USD, $6.99 CADPaperbackFiction \ HolidaysBonneville, 64 pages, 5.5inW | 8.25inH | 1inTh