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Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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K-Gr 3-Through selected Gospel stories and bold pen-and-ink illustrations, Hendrix portrays the miraculous life of Jesus in this unique retelling. Employing simple, child-friendly language, the author reveals how Jesus "was like none who had lived before" and how his words "made things happen." Hendrix demonstrates how, while performing a series of miracles including healing the sick, feeding thousands with a meager supply of loaves and fishes, calming the stormy seas, and walking on water, Jesus gathered crowds of followers and attracted enemies, who didn't approve of the adulation he garnered. Although Jesus was ultimately betrayed and sent to die, in the end, he was able to perform "one last glorious miracle." Hendrix embeds hand-lettering into his drawings, and the design and format of the spreads call to mind modern graphic novels. Despite the contemporary feel of the artwork and language, the illustrations are also replete with historically accurate details of life in biblical times. The doubt and fear of the disciples as they cross the sea with Jesus in a tiny boat is evident in a striking spread dominated by the rain-swept ocean and accompanied by the question "Don't you care if we die?" VERDICT Hendrix eloquently conveys the life-changing power of faith in this distinctive snapshot of the life and teachings of Jesus, providing an appealing introduction to more complete collections of Bible stories.-Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Bostonα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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siren social winds of politically correct thinking. A nod to radical feminism perhaps? The most disturbing message in this book for children is the author's contention that Jesus died because some "powerful, rich, well dressed" men were jealous of the attention He was receiving from the populace. His death was not in fulfillment of God's pre-ordained plan to provide the means for salvation. I think it not too far fetched to think that this represents the author's attempt to portray the gospel story as the quintessential example of the struggle between the poor and politically week and the rich and politically powerful. This is not the biblical story at all. It is a travesty of the truth. It smacks more than a little of liberation theology. I'm sorry that I am not able to rate this book with negative values. It deserves it.
A great resource for Christian families to use at bedtime, for Sunday school classes or those interested in getting a quick overview of Jesus' life and work. Some Christian families will want to discuss how Hendrix's summaries of Bible stories are slightly different from the original or condensed versions of several stories. It would be a good tool to encourage critical thinking and also get kids thinking beyond the miniscule facts to the overall message of various Bible stories.