Children and adults for that matter love good stories. The introduction of the characters, the building up to the climax, and the resolution, if written well by the author, will capture the reader’s imagination. There is nothing better in my humble opinion than an author who is able to take profound theological truth and present it in such a way that readers can grasp. Carl Laferton’s book The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross is such a book. His book is a well-written, contains profound theological insight, and has excellent illustrations. Most importantly, he has told the old, old story of the gospel very well, and how it impacts every person who has ever lived.
Laferton’s book is wonderfully illustrated. I have found the children’s books from The Good Book Company to have a tradition of excellent artwork that draws the reader into the specifics of the storyline. This offering is no exception. Words on a page are great, but when it comes to a children’s book, it is important to have accompanying illustrations that will help imprint on the minds of kids visual cues that will help them understand what they are reading.
Secondly, Laferton remains true to sound biblical truth. It is very tempting to dumb down a topic as profound as salvation and redemption. It is also tempting to incorrectly present through illustration certain elements of the story (i.e. the bathtub version of Noah’s ark we so often see). This book avoids all those pitfalls as it accurately follows the biblical message from Genesis to Revelation. Many thick theological texts do not do as good a job of outlining the message of salvation and redemption as is found in Laferton’s effort.
I fully appreciated the use of the phrase “keep out sign” to describe the impact of sin. In fact, Laferton provides an excellent definition of sin – man doing what he wants to do in a spirit of rebellion against their Creator. Sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God, thus the removal of man from the Garden. As Laferton saliently notes, in the Garden there was no death or anything bad or sad because such things are a result of sin. After sin, things went south. Man continued to rebel against God. Then Jesus came to deal with sin, tearing apart that “keep out sign”.
The author expertly notes that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can find life and restoration of relationship with our Creator. While sin still impacts us today, Laferton wonderfully points out Christians look forward to a time when we once again will dwell perfectly with God on earth. This is the time when all things will be restored and redeemed.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you have young children. This would also be a great addition to any Sunday School classroom. Full of sound biblical truth, wonderfully illustrated, and written so a child can understand it while remaining true to the underlying scarlet thread of redemption is woven throughout Scripture, this book is a must have. The Good Book Company has well – hit a grand slam.
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