- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: TopNotch Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780930037154
- ISBN-13: 978-0930037154
- ASIN: 0930037154
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,351,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who Is Jesus? Paperback – October 2, 2014
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About the Author
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio was born with a pen in her hand. She learned to love words while listening to her father read from an old copy of the Oxford Book of Verse that he had purchased at a book sale. She still has that treasured book. At the age of 30, Dr. MaryAnn surrendered to God's call to write for Him. Thus began the journey that took her from writing non-fiction for magazines and newspapers to writing compelling fiction that explores the deepest issues of the human heart. Dr. Diorio earned her PhD in French from the University of Kansas and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She is a diplomate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has won numerous writing awards, including Third Place in the AMY Writing Awards Program; First Place in Inspirational Novel, Space Coast Launching a Star Contest (2011); Second Place in Historical Novel, Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic Begins Contest (2011); and First Place in Inspirational Novel, Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest (2011). MaryAnn’s writing has appeared in over 100 publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Human Events, and Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine. Her novella, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, reached national acclaim after its publication in 2012. Her latest work, a delightful children’s picture book entitled WHO IS JESUS?, was released by TopNotch Press in October of 2014. MaryAnn has appeared on several talk shows, including the popular Christian Authors Show with Danielle Hampson, the nation-wide LeSea Alive program with the late Dr. Lester Sumrall, By the Book hosted by Debbie Williams, and Women of Grace hosted by Kelly McCausey. She has also been interviewed on WDAS (Philadelphia), WIBG (South Jersey), and WNNN (South Jersey). Articles about her writing have appeared in The Press of Atlantic City, The Daily Journal, The Millville News, The Bridgeton Evening News, and The Times Herald of her hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania. A widely published author, Dr. Diorio has taught writing at Rowan University and Regent University. Her stories for children have appeared in several magazines. MaryAnn and her husband are blessed with two magnificent daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and a precious little granddaughter. When not writing, MaryAnn enjoys painting, reading, and composing silly songs for her granddaughter. You may reach MaryAnn at www.maryanndiorio.com.
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The illustrations by Kim Sponaugle are just beautiful and appeal to both children and adults. I appreciated how some of them show us a child’s eye view on life, such as the one where a boy is lost in the mall and we see him looking up for a familiar face. The rest of the illustration is a lot of adult knees, and a sea of fear threatening to overwhelm the little boy. It’s relatable, and a good reminder for the parent that we aren’t looking at the world from the same perspective.
My only hesitation on this book is one verse is taken a bit out of context: when speaking of the lost child, the passage quoted is Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” While Jesus is certainly interested in restoring children to the protection of their parents in such a situation, this verse is speaking of those spiritually lost. I would hate for any child to miss the greater truth that Jesus came into this world to save each of us from sin because, as a very literal thinker, he or she has linked it with being lost in the mall. This can be mitigated, however, by a parent’s thoughtful reading and a brief discussion of the book.
Overall, this is a sweet book that would be appropriate for toddlers and preschool children and will be a great way to get the discussion started about who Jesus is.
I received a complimentary electronic proof of this book from the author through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review.
The drawings are by Kim Sponaugle are delightful, colorful, and clearly illustrate the feelings of children both asking and receiving answers to their toughest questions. One thing that I absolutely love about these illustrations is that the children are not all one color or cultural background. One of the 21st Century family dynamics we see is that there may be two or more races in any given family. Were my grandchildren, nieces, or nephews younger, I would be thrilled to give this to them, knowing that this precious book demonstrates Christ’s love for all.
The overall message, completely backed by scripture, is that Jesus would not hurt us with words or actions, and He wants His very best for us – that His way is to heal, love, and treat with respect. The authenticity of Christ’s character shines through so well that any parent or caregiver of a child might come to faith in the Lord or reach out to Jesus with their own challenges or hurts as a result of reading this to or with a child. Dr. Diorio and Ms. Sponaugle will reach into the hearts of so many with this book!
I whole-heartedly recommend Who is Jesus? for any age appropriate child! Grandparents or relatives who regularly babysit young children might want to get a copy to keep in their home to share with the child when caring for them, as well as giving the child a copy to use at home. Even a copy on Nana’s e-reader would be an excellent way to reinforce any of the included responses to questions to a child away from home. In any event, I am completely convinced that being grounded in the scriptures and ideas presented in this book can help keep the eyes of a child on Christ during the challenges faced in a broken world throughout their life.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.