Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Martha & Mary: Friends of Jesus

Martha & Mary: Friends of Jesus, is one of the books in the Bibletime Series by Carine MacKenzie. This particular book deals with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, from Luke 10, and John 11 and 12. The book is full of watercolor illustrations rendered by Duncan McLaren.

The book begins with Martha making preparations while Mary sits at Jesus' feet, listening to Him, and ends with Mary anointing Jesus' feet. At appropriate parts in the narrative, the author applies the Bible story to the heart of the child reading it.

For example, many children may wonder why Jesus did not rush to heal Lazarus when He received news that his friend was deathly ill. The author deals with this:

"Jesus knows everything. He had a far greater miracle to work in their lives. Lazarus died. Jesus had not come to heal him."

Everything in the retelling of this familiar Bible story will show the child reading that Jesus is truly the best Friend one can have.

What I Like: One of those most important things to me when picking Bible Story books for my children is Biblical accuracy. This book holds true to Scripture, yet artfully blends lessons within the text.

What I Dislike: I don't dislike anything about this book.

Overall Rating: Very Good

Age Appeal: 4-8, but I think younger children would profit from hearing this story read aloud.

Publisher Info: Christian Focus Publications, 2006; ISBN: 1845501675 ; Paperback, 32 pgs.,$3.99

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Additional Info: We have reviewed other books by Carine Mackenzie. Read those reviews here.

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