HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Good Shepherd: A Life of Christ
Author: Catherine Hanley
Publisher: Moody Press, republished 1971
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hanley, Catherine. The Good Shepherd: A Life of Christ (originally published in 1935 by the Bible Instit. Colportage Assoc.; republished in 1951 by Moody Press, a division of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL). This book, which I think that I inherited from my Grandfather Workman, is a cursory overview in twelve chapters of the life of Christ for young children. Chapter 1 tells “Why Jesus Came to This World.” The succeeding chapters discuss His birth, childhood, baptism, and beginning of His work, along with various aspects of His teachings and miracles. The final two chapters deal with Christ’s last days in Jerusalem and his death and resurrection. Each chapter has questions making the book suitable for use in Bible classes or in family home Bible studies.
A little fictionalizing is done to fill in the narrative at times, and there may be a few statements that will be questioned by various believers, but for the most part it is a Biblically straightforward account which is amazingly accurate in some details. The book is #18 in the Coleportage Library series which is published by Moody Bible Institute, now Moody Press. Older editions had no author or print date listed, leading some to conclude that D. L. Moody may have written the book. However, later editions give the author’s name as Catherine Hanley.