Title: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross
Author: Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri
Publisher: The Good Book for Children
Publishing Year: 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)
I have never actually reviewed a children’s book before, but since adopting two children, suddenly the genre has become all the more important to me. Thus far I have read several Christian books to my kids. Some of them have been bad, and some very bad. Watered-down theology and dreadful moralism seem to characterize much of what is out there. Happily I can report there still several good resources out there for you, Christian parents. A great example would be The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri.
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross is basic, short Biblical theology geared toward young children but captivating enough for older children as well. I loved the way my four year was fascinated with the illustrations and even keep pace with the story itself. My eight year old was engaged with the details of the Temple and the curtain. It was a great learning tool, especially helpful right before Easter.
As I stated, it is basic, short Biblical theology. The book perfectly brings down the concept of creation, fall redemption to a level children can understand. Laferton begins in the Garden with a perfect creation where, “There was nothing bad, ever. There was no one sad, ever.” Yet, sin came in and destroyed all of this. Now things were bad and people were sad. From that scene we are taken into the Temple where God Himself dwelt, but separated from man by a large curtain. Yet, God would become a man and die for our sins. The curtain separating man and God would be torn in two thus beginning God’s redemption of this world leading us to an eternal kingdom where “There was nothing bad, ever. There was no one sad, ever.” God’s creation will be restored and our relationship with Him forever settled.
The book is a great read and a great conversation starter with your children. It is the gospel clear and simple. My kids loved and so will yours.
Purchase the book here.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.