Jairus’s Girl by L.R. Hay tells the story of the Good News of Jesus from the unique perspective of the children.
I really loved reading Jairus’s Girl by L.R. Hay. This book had been on my “to be read list,” for a very long time, and I was so happy when I finally got the chance to curl up with it. I read this book immediately after a busy Holy Week. It was the perfect little book to rejuvenate my spirit. Although Jairus’s Girl is written for preteen readers, it is a book that is certain to delight all ages. I am an adult with a seminary degree, and even I found myself learning something from young Tammy and her earnest faith.
Fun for all ages!
The story transported me to the Holy Land and I felt as if I was really there, watching the events unfolding. I was particularly impressed by the author’s portrayal of Jesus. She manages to capture the unique view point of a young, relatively minor biblical character, and use her perspective as a way to illuminate Jesus’s ministry through the eyes of a child. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like children, and Tammy’s story helped me to remember what it was like to be young and so full of life and hope.
I also deeply appreciated the author’s humor. I found myself laughing out loud when I read lines such as “you should see our roof,” or the when reading about the antics of Hezekiah the toad. It is clear that the author did her research and that she is a gifted storyteller.
Great for both kids and adults!
This book would be great for parents to read with their children. It could stimulate a lot of great conversation and I believe it would inspire children to ask questions. Even as an adult, I found myself pausing in order to look up the scriptures that corresponded to Tammy’s story in the biblical narrative.
Jairus’s Girl is a spiritually fulfilling book with a lot of heart. It is also lots of fun! I hope that people of all ages will get lost in the pages of this book as they follow Tammy and her friends on their journey of Faith.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Funny, accessible and moving kids’-eye view of the Jesus story – aimed at pre-teens, though some adults have sneakily read and enjoyed it too.
Tammie’s life in a quiet fishing town would never be the same. Her future wasn’t looking good (*understatement!*) but things quickly went from bad to WICKED with the arrival of a strange grown-up with nice eyes.
And as for the business with Daniel’s lunch, or Dibs’s roof…
JAIRUS’S GIRL will be part of The Young Testament, a series on the life of Jesus, but with the children and young people as the main characters. Next up, a prequel: JOSEPH’S BOY – a kids’-eye view of the first Christmas!
Title: Jairus’s Girl (The Young Testament Book #2)
Author: L.R. Hay
Genre: Christian Fiction/ All Ages/ Children’s Chapter Book
Length: 144 Pages
Format Kindle (Also available in paperback)
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