Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Gardener and the Vine

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Andrew McDonough

and the book:

Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Andrew is the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Lost Sheep series. Way back in 1989 as a young Bible college student, Andrew was asked to give the dreaded “children’s talk” at a large church. Andrew possessed one talent: he could draw sheep. He bought some overheard projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. The congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other student, pastors, and teachers started borrowing the stories.

Product Details:
List Price: $4.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719461
ISBN-13: 978-0310719465


My Thoughts 
This book was well received from my kids.   We sat down one morning and read through it.     My 9 year old got an ah-ah moment when he realized that Jesus was the vine.   He had heard the story before but never really understood it.    While reading this book and discussing it with the information found at the end of the book, it was like a light bulb appeared above his head…  
It is so neat to see the understanding come in your kids when it happens.   This time my son realized that to grow we need to be grafted to Christ.    He has accepted Christ as his savior a few years ago but getting a explanation of the vine had made his day.   He had just finished reading the book of John and had came across this specific scripture.  
Cecil explains the meaning of it very well.   It is a beautiful book with plenty of creativity that the kids will enjoy reading with mom and dad.
The Gardener and the Vine is available everywhere even at amazon.ca.

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