“A Servant Like Jesus” is a child’s book written by Lee Ann Mancini and illustrated by Dan Sharp. The books was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a review. I was happy to review this book because it is a child’s book and I have LOTS of grandchildren – 19 in all! God has blessed us so much and I look forward to all them becoming a servant like Jesus.
The book has adorable colorful pictures of sea creatures and young school aged children could relate to the story. Miss Stella Starfish is the school teacher awaiting her students the first day of school. The sea kids are getting adjusted to school life. Some are crying because they miss their parents, others are putting their things away in their personal cubby. Then there is Charlie Crab who is very shy and won’t come out and play. At one point he gets so upset and demand that his mother come to get him right now. Little by little Charlie begins to overcome his shyness and tries to be a help to others. When Stella Starfish, the teacher suggest he be her helper, he was ready! He helped a fellow sea kid who got stung on coral. He helped his teacher clean the classroom. He got so busy that he didn’t realize it was time for his mother to pick him up. Suddenly he realized that he had actually had fun.
Charlie Crab gave Jesus the glory for helping him to overcome his shyness and for helping him to be brave. His heart felt good and he told his mother he wanted to be like Jesus, a servant who served everyone. This is great for children to realize that they can become servant no matter what age they are. Not only was Charlie developing a servant’s heart, but he was realizing that all glory goes to Jesus and that Jesus is always there to help him and to help him help others.
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Most children would like this books with it’s colorful pictures and valuable story. However, the last line of the book troubled me a little. It reads “Remember: kids, to say your prayers and always have Jesus in your heart.” I’m not sure what the author meant by this line. If a child or anyone has accepted Christ as his/her Savior, then Jesus is in his/her heart. For Jesus never leaves us once we have accepted Him as Savior. But possibly the author was saying that as His child, we don’t always trust the Lord like we ought. I would definitely explain that to my child when he reads the story. All in all the book is a good read for children and teaches Biblical truths and values. You can get a copy of “A Servant Like Jesus” Here.
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