Don't Blame the Mud - Marty Machowski, illustrator - Craig MacIntosh


For young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud gives a vivid way of helping children see where wrong choices come from and how to turn to Jesus for change from the inside out. Written by best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski, this beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad consequences. 

One day, Max takes the muddy path along the creek home, disregarding his mother’s reminder to keep his school clothes clean. After crashing into a mud puddle, he tries to hide his mistake and discovers the stain of his sin goes deeper than the mud he can wash away. In this lovable, relatable, and heartwarming tale, Max learns his heart needs to be cleaned, and Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin. 

By clearly articulating the gospel, Don’t Blame the Mud helps parents create an environment of confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes—in the freedom of Christ—rather than place the blame elsewhere. Parents, teachers, and caretakers can help children identify with the real-life draw of temptation and the real-life consequences of sin, understanding the value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of teaching kids how to deal with a problem, Machowski uncovers the real issue of sin and provides a gospel answer.

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story BibleLong Story ShortOld Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon SeedThe OlogyDon't Blame the MudParenting First Aid, and Parenting First Aid Study Guide. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Craig MacIntosh was a newspaper political cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty years and was the artist for the widely published cartoon strip Sally Forth. He and his wife, Linda, live in Minnesota and have two grown children.  

Great teaching tool! If you have been wanting to teach your child about salvation but wasn't sure how to go about it or where to start, this is the book to use. 

I run an after school program at our church and do a weekly Bible lesson. We have talked many times about Jesus dying for our sins so that we could be forgiven. But besides reading it right from the 
bible (which we do and it is confusing for a child) I try to teach them the best I can about salvation. That everyone sins, but we all can have the gift of forgiveness.  I feel like I sound like a broken record that they stop listening to LOL.

I love that everything I want to say is right here in story form. I can read a few pages and talk about it and explain what it means. There is the Bible verse - John 3:16 in the front of the book and in the back is a two page spread of how to teach and help your child understand. I will be using this book with them and honestly, I think they will love it and be able to relate to it.

 I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Read with Audra ~ Thank You!

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