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Book: The Joyful Gospel of Christ: Volume II
Author: Zachary James Schertz
Illustrator: Todd L. Thomas
Publisher: Schertz Writing, 2018
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 II (Published in 2018 by Schertz Writing, Olney, TX). The second volume of the first book of Zachary Schertz’s “The Tetrology of Christ” series picks up with the presentation of Christ in the temple and covers the adoration of the Magi, the flight to Egypt, and the finding of Jesus in the temple, down through the ministry of John the Baptist. Text taken directly from the Bible and full-color illustrations by Todd L. Thomas tell the story of these events in the life of Jesus in “graphic novel” style. Each volume contains a full-page map to show where it all happened, a list of source citations for every panel, an appendix with additional background information, and even an index.
Author Schertz wrote of his mission, “I am a theologian, first and foremost. I only know one thing for sure that I want to honor The Lord in all that I do. Too many young people are leaving the Church and the primary reason that they are is because they are not being taught The Word. I would argue that if parents taught youths that The Word was history and not just a book of morality they would stay. If teachers taught their students that Christ and the prophets that foresaw Him were not just good moral examples, but true people they would stay. If priests did not teach that Christ was merely man and just a teacher, they would stay. Why are young people leaving The Church, because they do not know who He is. I aim to change that.” Subsequent books in the series are The Luminous Gospel of Christ, The Sorrowful Gospel of Christ, and The Glorious Gospel of Christ.