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Author: Marvin G. Baker

Illustrator: Paul S. Tritten

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Publisher: Innovative Christian Publications, a Division of Baker Tritten Concepts,

Material: paperback

Summary: The stories in the gospel are related in conversational rather than a sermon-like style. In spite of the liberties taken to reach his audience, the author has meticulously maintained the integrity of Mark’s Gospel. This is the Gospel of Mark written in a contemporary vernacular. Illustrations present Jesus and his disciples dressed in typical twenty-first century style.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This book taught me more than I have ever known about the life of Jesus. Although I learned a lot, I didn’t really enjoy reading this book. It wasn’t like the books I am used to reading. It was more factual, like a textbook. There were no descriptive settings or plot twists. It was the life of Jesus. This book laid down the facts of how Jesus lived his life. That is a good thing for a book of this genre, but not a great leisure read. It was an overall six out of ten.

Adult Reader Reaction: The material is presented in a manner that shows reverence for the scripture and respect for the spiritual integrity of the lessons that comprise Mark’s Gospel. The author tells the stories in everyday language; dresses the characters in recognizable clothing; and illustrates people, places, and events as if they were part of today’s world.

Pros: The author presents scripture in a manner that ignites and sustains the interest of upper elementary school children in religious education. He creates an environment representative and familiar to today's youth without losing the essence of the gospel and its lessons.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This book is certainly recommended as a buy for Sunday School Classrooms. It may well be of interest to parents who wish to supplement formal religious education in their homes. The book might also be of interest to religious education teachers.


Educational Themes: It is a great resource for religious education teachers or home schooling families. The creative teacher can find many ways to use the material in this book to get kids engaged in learning about their religious beliefs.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - middle grade, Christian, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2006

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