Monday, August 15, 2016

Jesus as Miracle Man

Picture Book: Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus
Author & Illustrator: John Hendrix 
Summary: This author/illustrator is known for his use of unusual fonts incorporated into his creative illustrations. Here he offers a unique perspective on 7 of Jesus miracles and 4 of the last crucial events in Jesus’ story. Children will love this book! 

The featured miracles:
Calling Disciples & a Miraculous Catch of Fish
The Healing of the Leper
The Healing of the Paralytic
Jesus Calms the Storm
The Healing of the Blind Man
The Feeding of the 5000
Jesus Walks on Water

The featured last events:
The Last Supper
The Betrayal of Christ
The Crucifixion
The Resurrection of Christ
Hanna’s Comments: I’m not inclined to feature books about Jesus on my PBT blog, not because I don’t think they are important. I do! Instead I choose to focus on secular books you might not suspect would be great resources for ministry and God books that are difficult to find. Jesus books (and picture books about other Bible stories) have obvious potential and are easy to find in a search engine. 

This book, however, is exceptional and brand new so I wanted to make sure you knew about it. There is so much here that you might want to read it aloud in portions so that you and your children can dive into the questions and theology of each miracle. Share with your children what you thought about these miracles when you were a child and then tell them what you think now. Be sure to read the Author’s Note in the back before reading to your children and give children access to these fabulous illustrations while reading.
Original Publisher & Date: Abrams Books, 2016
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 6 and up, 1st and up
Formats other than Book: Tablet, Audio CD
Scripture Connections: The scripture connections for these stories are listed on the last page of the book.
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book over a series of lessons or family readings and talk about the implications of Jesus’ many miracles.