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Book: The Joyful Gospel of Christ: Volume I
Author: Zachary James Schertz
Illustrator: Todd L. Thomas
Publisher: Schertz Writing, 2018
Related website(s): http://www.SchertzWriting.net (publisher)
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 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Schertz, Zachary James. The Joyful Gospel of Christ: Volume I (Published in 2018 by Schertz Writing, Olney, TX). The Bible can be very difficult to understand for some, so the purpose of “The Gospel of Christ Tetralogy” series, of which The Joyful Gospel of Christ: Volume I is the first book, is to use detailed images to show how God came into the world as The Savior, Jesus Christ. Author Zachary Schertz, who is a graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin, TX, with a degree in religious and theological studies, says, “Every step has been taken to ensure that it is both historically and scripturally accurate. The Bible truly is the most miraculous book ever held in human hands.”
Written for average people with stunning art created by Todd L. Thomas, Volume I begins with the announcement to Zacharias about the coming of John the Baptist, and covers the annunciation of Christ, the visitation of Mary, the birth of John, and Mary’s return to Nazareth, down through the nativity of our Lord. I must say that I am not a fan of the graphic book form, but many people are, and for those who like it, this series could be very helpful. My biggest complaint is that some panels were a bit difficult to read because they had white lettering on a light background. Volume II picks up with the presentation of Christ in the temple and goes through the ministry of John the Baptist.