Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jesus and the Children

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 overhead projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. T he congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other students, 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: 031071947X
ISBN-13: 978-0310719472

Press the browse button to view the first chapter:

My Thoughts
This story is based on Mark 10:13-16 but it has a 21st century twist on it.   I was kind of surprised at first to see the disciples like bikers and bouncers but it picture the story very well.
My kids loved it and laugh at seeing the images.   The story reminds them that Jesus is available to everyone even children and that they can come to Him anytime and with any request.
At the end of the book, Cecil the sheep is providing a sort of devotion to do with the children.  There are questions to ask before the story and something to do after the story is read.
This book is fun to read and to watch.   It is different than other children’s books of bible story.   It also contains humor and extreme imagination as it picture a familiar story with a twist.   
However, I think that some parents might be offended by it because of the silliness found in the images and such.   Personally, I think it is a breath of fresh air and is much needed in Christian circles.
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