Don't Blame the Mud :Only Jesus Makes Us Clean by Marty Machowski is a picture book for young listeners to understand exactly how sin can move someone to make bad choices which lead to consequences. But it also offers the forgiveness and redemption of God's love. Young Max is on his way home and has been told to keep his clothes clean. He opts to walk down near the creek but thinks he can skirt around the mud with no problem. He eventually slips and becomes muddy which he tries to hide when he gets home. His parents see through his disobedience. He gets cleaned up on the outside, but his inside is still battling the sin and he makes excuses. His parents gently guide him to understand God's way and lead him to repentance.
There is a short section after the story for parents to help their children understand sin and also to understand the gospel. At the back there are key Bible verses to remember with a promise, a prayer and a plea.
This book was illustrated with lively pictures to help kids identify with the "picture" of sin. Sin is the ugly mud that follows young Max everywhere until he finally asks for forgiveness and he's washed clean on the inside. This story gives a realistic look at the thoughts and actions of a child's mind and heart as they choose disobedience and reap the consequences of sin like shame, guilt, and blame. This story also shows how parents can naturally help their child to "see" sin and to learn to come to God to wash away the "mud in our hearts."
This is a great book for ages 6-10 as children need to learn how to confess their sin and truly understand the Gospel that is relevant and present in their lives.
Learn more about the author at www.martymachowski.com.
Don't Blame the Mud can be found at New Growth Press. Visit www.newgrowthpress.com.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.*