The illustrations by Jenny Williams are colorful and sweet, and accurately depict the happenings in the story.
"Long ago in Capernaum,
A city near the sea,
There lived a very special man,
So good and kind was he.
This man was a centurion,
The captain of a group,
One hundred fighting Roman men
Were in his army troop."
The author goes on to detail how the loyal servant of this kind centurion became very ill. The centurion had heard of the miracles of Jesus, and begged him to heal his servant. The humble centurion did not feel worthy to have Jesus enter his home. He had faith that all Jesus had to do was speak and his servant would be healed. Jesus was pleased by the great faith of the centurion, and healed his servant.
I love how the book ends by urging the readers to have faith and humility just like the centurion did. He is a great example to us!
What I Like: Both of my girls are continually intrigued by this book. My three year old can tell us the whole story! I like the simplicity and clarity of the text. Little ones will easily grasp the Bible story and the lesson at the end.
What I Dislike: Aside from the fact that the rhyme is a little awkward on a couple of the pages, I have nothing to dislike about this book.
Overall Rating: Very Good
Age Appeal: 5-9, but my younger girls thoroughly enjoy it too!
Publisher Info: Concordia Publishing House, 2010; ISBN:0758618646 ; Paperback $2.49
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Special Info: We've reviewed lots of other Arch books. Read our reviews here. Also, Jesus is pictured in this book.