How do you help a child get to know someone they can’t see and hear? In Who Is Jesus? author Kate Hox and illustrator Joe Hox bring forty word pictures of Jesus to life so children can get to know Jesus better.
The Bible is filled with stories and symbols that point us to Jesus as the Savior, the only One who can bring us back to God. In Who is Jesus?, Joe and Kate Hox combine illustrations and deep thoughts simply shared to guide family devotions and encourage rich conversations about who Jesus is, why he came to earth, and how we can get to know him now.
Families will explore together the rich imagery of the Bible and learn about God’s great love for his people through Jesus Christ his Son.
· Written with the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter in mind but can be used any time throughout the year.
· Each picture of Jesus includes a captivating illustration, a key verse to remember, Bible passages to discuss, a family devotion to read, reflection questions, and a song.
· Twenty stories from the Old Testament and twenty from the New Testament tell about snakes, sticks, rocks, shepherds, sheep, water, bread, and so much more.
Kate Hox has a deep desire to see her four children know and love Jesus Christ. She has always enjoyed finding gospel-centered resources, and now she has the joy of creating them as well. Kate is a graduate of Dordt University, where she received her degree in elementary education. She is married to illustrator Joe Hox, and together they enjoy worship time around the dinner table, especially at Christmas and Easter.
Joe Hox was raised on a farm in southern Iowa where he doodled whenever he wasn’t spading thistles or feeding pigs. Everyone knew by his crooked hay rows that he would choose art over farming. Joe earned his BA in art from Dordt University, and later received his M. Ed. in art education. Joe is the illustrator of more than a dozen books, including the Good News for Little Hearts series.
“Kate and Joe Hox have produced a captivating and colorful mini-biblical theology for Christian families to use for their devotions. Great content and great illustrations about our great Jesus! Every family will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus by using this superb book. Highly recommended.”
Jonathan Gibson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“A gorgeous delight. A richly written and visually evocative journey through Scripture like Who Is Jesus? has been long overdue. Kate and Joe Hox have given families a fresh way to enter the Bible, and what a wonderful portal they have made.”
John Hendrix, Author and Illustrator of The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler and Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus
“Parents and church members alike need good resources to nurture children in the Christian faith. I am confident that they will find Kate and Joe Hox’s Who Is Jesus? to be a great help in carrying out this task. Who Is Jesus tells the story of the gospel from Genesis to Revelation with elegance and simplicity, keeping the focus always upon Christ. It also shows the story with illustrations that capture well the rich imagery and symbolism of the Bible’s story of redemption. A wonderful new addition to the genre of children’s Bible story books!”
Cornelis P. Venema, President, Mid-America Reformed Seminary
“The perfect little Lent book to use with your kids every year. Kate Hox breaks the big stories down into little person language while still being fiercely biblical. She brings solid theology to every story and shows how the entirety of Scripture—from beginning to end—all points to Jesus. Perfect for your little theologian or little apologist!”
Hillary Morgan Ferrer, President, Mama Bear Apologetics; author/editor of Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies
“Beautifully illustrated and theologically sound, this is a book my kids and I will treasure!”
Jordan Raynor, National bestselling author of Called to Create
“Through striking illustrations and engaging reflections, Who Is Jesus? walks through forty favorite Bible stories and how they point to Christ. Each day includes a reading that is strongly rooted in Scripture, as well as reflection questions that can flexibly adapt to kids’ different levels of understanding. Kate and Joe created more than a beautiful devotional book—this is a valuable resource to help families worship together. I can’t wait to see how God uses Who Is Jesus? to disciple children everywhere, including my own!”
Kendra Broekhuis, Author of Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor
“In my eighteen years as a theology professor, I learned how challenging it is to describe adequately the rich biblical testimony and the wonder of who Jesus Christ is and the wondrous significance of what he has accomplished for this precious world that God loves. That's why I'm astounded by the beauty and depth of Kate Hox's meditations for children, Who Is Jesus? These meditations are age-appropriate and yet they stubbornly and poetically refuse to ‘dumb down’ the biblical witness to the majesty of Jesus. Her work celebrates the unity of Scripture and the primacy of Jesus; it reads to me like an extended reflection on one of the most powerful Jesus songs in the entire Bible: Colossians 1: 15–20, which boldly names the supremacy of Jesus over all. Thank you, Kate! I wish I had this resource thirty years ago for our family devotions at the dinner table.”
Syd Hielema, Former Professor of Theology, Dordt University
“Every Christian parent’s deepest desire is to help their child see the Lord Jesus. This fascinating book takes your family on a walk to Emmaus, showing them ‘beginning with Moses and all the Prophets’ how all the Scriptures reveal the beauty and glory of our Savior. Take up and read!”
Matthew Westerholm, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville
“In over twelve years of doing family devotions, Who Is Jesus? has been the richest material our family has used while still being understandable to children. This devotional goes much deeper than simply reading New Testament stories about Jesus and presenting moral lessons. Rather, our family was blessed to take a deeper look at how Jesus’s words and works may have been understood by the Hebrew mind in the light of the Old Testament. This devotional is filled with biblical and theological truth presented to children in a way that gives them a sense of the fullness of Scripture!”
Steve Runner, MA Theological Studies, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
“I have searched high and low for a family devotional that is faithful to Scripture, theologically rich, and understandable for all ages. I have found such a devotional in Who Is Jesus? This book highlights the presence of Christ throughout the history of redemption, from creation in Genesis to the restoration pictured in Revelation. The structure and content of some family devotionals seem to present Bible narratives as distinct and unrelated stories about God and man or simply as moral tales. But the central thread that runs throughout the Bible is Christ himself, and Who Is Jesus? clearly highlights central facets of Christ’s person and work as shadowed in the promises, prophecies, and patterns of the Old Testament or revealed in the New Testament. More than anything else in our personal worship, I want my family to see the beauty of Christ at every turn in Scripture, and Who Is Jesus? has helped us to do that. It is my sincere hope that many more families will benefit from this book as we have.”
Lindsay Fikkert, M.A. Biblical Studies, Psy.D., Reformed Theological Seminary
In Who Is Jesus?, Kate Hox does a wonderful job of showing just how limitless the facets of Christ are, through descriptive stories, reflective questions and biblical reference. Each day’s reading is adorned with Joe Hox’s beautiful wood-cut styled illustrations. Each big, beautiful illustration opens up the imagination of the reader to see the accompanied text in a brilliant light. This beautiful devotional will clearly offer readers many ways of seeing who Jesus has been, who he is, and who he will be in every aspect of our daily lives."
Joe Sutphin, Illustrator of The Wingfeather Saga and Little Pilgrim's Progress
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We are loving using this book for lent. Each Bible story clearly points to the foreshadow of Jesus & His sacrifice for us. We love how simple this book is for teaching our children solid biblical truth.
Who is Jesus? is a beautifully illustrated family devotional book that would be perfect for the the Season of Lent. The promise of salvation that is woven throughout scripture is highlighted in each daily reading. Additionally, each reading is followed by a robust number of questions that are outstanding for family discussion as well as key scriptures from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This one is a winner! While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.
How can you introduce your children to Jesus? In Who Is Jesus? Kate Hox presents 40 pictures to help you share Jesus with your family. It can be used any time throughout the year, but the book is especially helpful to guide families through the forty days of Lent leading up to Easter. We loved this beautifully illustrated devotional that was theologically sound and shows how Bibles stories all point to Jesus – from Genesis to Revelation. It’s not your typical children’s book that merely focuses on the stories or moral lessons but instead takes a deeper look at theological truth in a way that children can dive deeper into the Scripture! I found the illustrations rich with imagery and symbolism that captures the child’s imagination and the story of redemption. Each picture of Jesus includes a captivating illustration, key verse to remember, Bible passage to discuss, family devotion to read, reflection questions, and suggested songs. I think this was a beautiful devotional book and is a great resource to help families grow in their relationship with Jesus and worship together. We really enjoyed the reflection questions, as they prompted further study and family conversations that helped us dive deeper into the Word and see the beauty of Christ in a more profound, meaningful way. I have received this product from New Growth Press exchange for my honest and unbiased product review; all opinions are my own.*
A beautiful compilation of who Jesus is and revealing the thread of Jesus throughout the entire Bible story.
I have been curious about how to invite families to be more involved in celebrating Easter. Without reinventing the wheel, I wanted something that a family of multiple age children could easily use. WE have been reading a Christmas advent book for years but have never had something valuable to use for Easter. I feel like Kate Hox read my mind. The illustrations by Joe Hox are both engaging and appropriate for all ages. I am glad there are different levels of questions so all members can participate. I plan to stock up and send to relatives as well as make it available to the parents of the kids in our ministry.
This book is amazing. It is so well written and relevant for Lent. The pictures and writing are awesome. Great for the whole family and not just for kids.
Kate Hox’s Who is Jesus is a 40-lesson journey through the Bible on a mission to discover Jesus more fully and deeply. Each lesson is referred to as a “day” and includes a key verse, Bible passage, reflection, questions, and even song suggestions (at the end of the book). There is one illustration per segment that accompanies 1 1/2 – 2 pages of text. The short reads are interesting and informational, and they walk through various books of the Bible with both well-known and lesser-known stories, facts, and tidbits. The topics progress through the Old Testament, beginning with Genesis, and into the New Testament. The questions for most segments are thought-provoking and may require more in-depth study or review, like a true Bible study. As one example, Day 23’s reflection questions include: Read Isaiah 42:1. How does this story fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy? And another: Why is it so important that Jesus was sinless? See 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Hebrews 4:15. There isn’t an age range specified on Amazon for this book, but it isn’t your typical “picture book” as the subtitle might imply. This book is a teaching tool and I would recommend it for ages 7 and up to get the most benefit. There is so much content included that children would benefit from repeating these lessons as they grow and mature. The illustrations represent the key topics. Many have a dark look and feel. They definitely weren’t what I expected from the light and bright cover image, but the graphic novel style appeals to the target audience. The lessons are categorized as “days”, but the book doesn’t have to be used as a one-a-day. Who is Jesus would make a great family activity for any time of the year, but would make a particularly good Lenten season or Christmas activity. Our Christian Book Reviews: The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. Our specialty is books on faith and new Christian book releases. We’re proud to be included in the Top 20 Christian Book Review Bloggers. I chose to read this book from New Growth Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a great resource to introduce kids to how the whole Bible talks about Jesus. It's not the most creatively written book I've ever read, but for upper elementary children and above, it's a great biblical theology introduction.
Kate and Joe have created a keepsake book that beautifully speaks the truth of Jesus. What a meaningful way to focus devotions during Lent! This book is a gift worth sending to my adult daughters and reading as part of my own devotions. We all need to be reminded of the powerful truths of Jesus from Scripture!
This book is a wonderful addition to any family devotion library. It is clear and understandable for all ages. It has been a great discussion starter. Even my teens enjoy seeing the picture for each day. The author shows Jesus through many Bible stories in a very clear way. I highly recommend this book for families of all ages.