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Marty Machowski helps
parents talk to their children
about temptations, choices and consequences
young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud paints
a vivid and accurate picture of sin and God’s plan of redemption.
Written by best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski, this
beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize
the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad
day, Max takes the muddy path along the creek home, disregarding his
mother’s reminder to keep his school clothes clean. After crashing into
a mud puddle, he tries to hide his mistake and discovers the stain of
his sin goes deeper than the mud he can wash away. In this lovable,
relatable, and heartwarming tale, Max learns his heart needs to be
cleaned, and Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin.
clearly articulating the gospel, Don’t
Blame the Mud helps parents create an environment of
confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes—in the freedom of
Christ—rather than place the blame elsewhere. Parents, teachers, and
caretakers can help children identify with the real-life draw of
temptation and the real-life consequences of sin, understanding the
value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of teaching kids
how to deal with a problem, Machowski uncovers the real issue of sin
and provides a gospel answer.
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant
Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on
the pastoral staff for thirty years. Machowski leads Promise Kingdom,
the gospel-centered children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship.
He is the author of numerous resources for churches and families,
including The Gospel Story for Kids
series, The Ology, and Parenting First Aid. His latest release is
the children’s picture book, Don’t Blame the Mud.
Machowski and his wife, Lois reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They
have six children and two grandchildren. He is also the Executive
Editor for Children’s Resources at New Growth Press.
Learn more at www.martymachowski.com. He can also be found on Twitter (@MartyMachowski).
Craig MacIntosh is the
illustrator of Don’t Blame the Mud.
MacIntosh was a newspaper political cartoonist and illustrator for 22
years and the artist for the widely published comic strip Sally Forth.
He and his wife, Linda, live in Minnesota and have two grown children.