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The Crippled Lamb Hardcover – October 14, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 14, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849910056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849910050
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

Liz Bonham’s paintings have been exhibited in fine art galleries across the United States. She holds a BFA degree in painting and is a member of Oil Painters of America and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bruce, and daughter Lauren.


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I bought this book as a Christmas gift years ago and took the time to read it.
T-Dogg
It is a beautiful story about a crippled lamb who, because of his lameness, is in the stable when the Baby Jesus is born.
Thelma Rose
I can't think of a better way to teach children of God's love for each and everyone of us.
karen wiley

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful! They capture my children's attention and even I can't turn the page without looking at the artwork.

They story is equally as beautiful. It is about a small lamb who doesn't feel he belongs because he is not as "perfect" as the other lambs. He has a tremendous friend, named Abigail, who always reminds him that "God has a special place for those who don't belong."

I cannot count the times this book as been read to teach my children how to be a friend to someone "different" or how to stand the trials of being the one who is not like everyone else.

It is a touching story that no matter how many times you read, will choke you up and bring tears to your eyes.

Abigale and Joshua will remind you of how special God creates each of us and how important we each are in "life".

This is a must read book
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am an author and I collect children's books, thus I feel my taste in children's books is very discerning. This is one of the most beautiful books - in pictures, content, and spirit - that I have ever seen. This is one 'Christmas' book that does not get packed away for 11 months of the year - it stays on my bookshelf the year through. My husband and I have read it each Christmas Eve, and I now read it to my 4-month old daughter a few times a month. This book would be a wonderful gift to children in families who may not have a personal relationship with Jesus. I gain blessings and appreciation anew each time I read this story.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Max Lucado is a "master illustrator." He artistically paints pictures with words and "The Crippled Lamb" is no disappointment!

Little Joshua, a lamb, feels so different from others. He bears spots while others don't. He doesn't have a mom or dad. He can't run, jump and play like the others, for he has a bad leg. Often feeling down on himself, he finds encouragement in a friend named Abigail, an aging cow.

Then one unexpected night, Joshua finds that there is a specialness about his differences. There is a unique role only he can fill.

Get the tissues ready! This is a book sure to move even the hardest heart. How vividly it portrays the love of a Father Who loves us inspite of our blemishes and sees each one of His children as special, with purpose!

Beautifully illustrated by Liz Bonham, this is a work you should not miss. This one is a "keeper" you'll wish to pass on from generation to generation.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, my 10-year old daughter asked to start a family tradition of reading this book and the like on Christmas Eve to remind us why we come together on this holiday. Two years later, we now have children (of all ages) who want to participate in the reading marathon on Christmas Eve. This is a great book to add to your collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Shari Worden on July 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
And I totally disagree with what "Advocate" says about the use of the word "Crippled" in the title.

If this book had been talking about human children, I would be inclined to agree with him or her, however, on millions of farms in North America (and in the U.K.) "crippled" is a perfectly acceptable descriptive term for certain features of livestock. "Lame", "blighted", and "poor stock" are also used. So what? We cannot endlessly restructure our language and reassign meanings and words in order to try to sugarcoat and "brush away" the harsh reality of a disability and I, as a disabled person (deaf) deeply resent attempts to do so. When you cry "foul" at each possible non-politically-correct word and phrase, you drag the disabled out of their longed-for anonymity and showcase us as poor pitiful people who have to be coddled and protected from the strong and powerful in our world. Enough.

I agree that certain words have a strong, negative picture associated with them and might be reconsidered for use as applied to human beings (but I couldn't care less if someone called my three-legged dog crippled. She is!). However, I would also like to suggest for your consideration that perhaps an early introduction to such words within a considerate and safe environment such as story time with Mom and Dad, is a good thing from this point of view: the first time one hears these words, is it better for there to be an explanation of good words and not so nice words at hand, or is it better for their first exposure to a harsh word be in a playground, while they are alone and feeling attacked?

I vote for my child to be in my lap at the time so I could explain it to him. And I vote for teaching children that words only have the power that we give to them.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By crazy4canines on November 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book has become a part of my family's Christmas traditions
each year. It's a wonderful story of the birth of Christ as seen
through the eyes of Joshua, a lamb that has been crippled since
birth. Not only does the author focus upon the true meaning of
Christmas. It teaches a simple and very important lesson about life. Everyone can make a contribution to life, even if they are
handicapped. Through this story, children can be taught the
significance of being thankful for having a strong body and mind,
and of being kind to people who are less fortunate. The message is a simple one, and my daughter readily understood it the first
time we read the story. She was four years old then. Both of us
cry as we share the book together and are reminded that there
truly are some things that money can't buy! You will love this book!
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