This book freshly reinterprets some of the oldest and best-known stories in human history and focuses on some of the many miracles that Jesus performed before his crucifixion. Jesus s miracles are endless. From the large harvest of fish to washing the unclean, healing the sick, feeding the poor, and walking on water, Jesus performs feats that draw in believers that he is the Son of God. Unfortunately it also attracts the attention of nonbelievers, who saddle him with the cross he must bear. After all of his miraculous acts, the book closes with a final wonder for all to see one that changes faith and religion as the world knows it, forever. The book includes a list of Bible stories that inspired it.
Award-winning author and illustrator John Hendrix offers his most personal work to date. Known for his striking use of illustration mixed with custom fonts, his depiction of the life of Jesus Christ will be cherished by the faithful everywhere."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Using dynamic visuals with the force of a graphic novel, Hendrix (McToad Mows Tiny Island) explores the adult life of Jesus, focusing on his relationship with his disciples, several miracles, his betrayal, death, and resurrection. Drawn as a lanky, bearded figure of simple grace, the "Miracle man" travels among villages, curing the infirm, feeding the hungry, protecting those in peril, and gathering a loyal following. Yet "not everyone liked the miracles, or the Miracle Man," writes the author. Hendrix enhances pivotal moments through his customary use of bold, hand-lettered text, giving dramatic visual power to the godly force behind Jesus' words. "Be still!" he shouts, calming a raging storm with words that are themselves a torrent of thunderclouds and lightning bolts. Hendrix moves from a desolate scene of Jesus carrying a heavy cross to a mournful image in the immediate aftermath of his crucifixion; the resurrection unfolds with a whisper-light touch. It's an emotional and approachable account of the gospel that should have broad Christian appeal. Hendrix explains his approach to the project in an illuminating endnote. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Feb.)