Book Review—Looking for the Lost Sheep

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought ordinary “sinners” were beneath them and definitely not worth caring about. Ah, but God loves every single one, and so Jesus told the story we know as the parable of the lost sheep.

Looking for the Lost Sheep
illustrated by Tim Ludwig, text from Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
published by Our Daily Bread for Kids (August 2020)
hardcover picture book, 32 pages, 9 x 9.2 inches

In this book, warm illustrations unfold most of the story, letting the text from the New International Version of the Bible lead the way.

Some illustrations have no text at all but amplify the words that have come just before. I especially like the illustrations of the snarling wolf about to pounce on the defenseless little lamb, and those of the shepherd fighting it off and chasing the wolf away. All are memorable images representing how Jesus rescues us.

Children will identify with the shepherd’s desire to find the lost sheep, his intense search, and his joy when the sheep is found and safely back where it belongs—a good foundation for learning to understand God’s intense love for them. A parent letter at the back of the book provides several good questions for discussing the parable with children.

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