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The Life of Jesus Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0802853625
LANGUAGE:English

" This book made it easy to teach my little one the rosary. Makes the mysteries easier to understand. " said.

"Designed to be a meditation aid for children the book has a short explanation of how to to pray the rosary and a full page spread for each of the twenty mysteries. Each spread has a meditation and an illustration that corresponds with the mystery. The meditations are wonderful. They are written at a good level for children and broken up between the prayers of the decade so that children are continually brought back to meditative prayer. This will help children learn to meditate while they pray and stay focused though out the rosary. Teaching meditative prayer can be hard and this book does a great job. It also does a great job of showing children the connection between the rosary which is a Marian prayer and Jesus who is the focus of most prayers, including the rosary. Ultimately the rosary is about meditating on the life of Jesus through an understanding of His mother and the connection between their lives. It asks Mary to intercede to Christ for us, and I think this book will help children see that. I would use it with first through third graders to help them pray the rosary. Many Catholic grade schools teach this in October because it is the month of the Holy Rosary and often teachers are asked to pray at least a decade of the rosary with their class each week in October. This book could really help students pray well instead of just repeating words.

Billingsley, M. (2010). The life of Jesus: An illustrated rosary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
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"I love those pictures, but I wish that text has been approved by the church before publication. After going through RCIA course, it is very difficult to recite those words contradicting to what was taught by the church. The text suggests that Judas did not receive eucharist, but RCIA class told us he did. And, on the cross, the text suggests he received vinegar, and in fact it was sour wine.

Even if this is written to little children, actually children at 3 or 5 probably will not know so much words to read it, and mostly the book will be read by parents. It is hard to tell your children by the book while you perceive that it has errors. You are telling major events of Jesus, especially the passion, and it deserves every scrutiny to clarify and not to confuse.
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"Let me clear up some confusion brought up in the previous review:

1. The presence of an Imprimatur simply means that literature does not contradict Catholic dogma. I highly doubt that Fr. Benedict Groeschel would pen a forward for a book that was anything other than orthodox.

2. Soured (spoiled) wine is vinegar.

3. In my opinion, it's ambiguous whether or not Judas illicitly took part in Holy Communion. Jesus and the apostles shared a meal at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, and our Lord did not institute the Holy Eucharist until after the third cup had been passed. Thus, it's entirely possible that the bread Judas was given was just that - bread.

My son received a copy of this lovely book for his First Holy Communion two weeks ago. It's a wonderful choice for Catholics of all ages.
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"I just purchased this book for my family for Christmas, and love it! The artwork is beautiful. I know this book will touch our hearts for years to come! Purchase this amazing book, and you too will feel inspired...." said.

"I think the illustrations are quite interesting and different from anything I've ever seen--more like collages of real objects. My 10 year old daughter really enjoys them, and prefers this book to another children's Rosary guide that we own. She finds them engaging. We haven't yet used it yet to do a Scriptural Rosary, though. We have just used it in Religion class (homeschooling).
As for Judas (mentioned by the previous reviewer who felt it was misleading), the account of Judas leaving is in John, which does not give the Eucharistic narrative. All it says is that Judas took the "morsel" that Jesus had dipped, and left. The Eucharistic narrative appears in Matthew and Luke, who do not mention Judas leaving. So it is unclear when Judas left--whether it was before or after Jesus gave His body and blood to the disciples.
In this book are direct quotes from Scripture to be used with each recitation of a Hail Mary, but they are interwoven from different Gospels, so it is POSSIBLE that the author put the one about Judas leaving in the wrong order--but it's certainly possible that it is correct, also. Seems to be a minor point, personally...though an interesting one!
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"This book has helped us be able to pray a decade of the Rosary each night before bed and it gives the scripture that goes along with each mystery and breaks it down in an easy to understand way for my young kids." said.

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