Friday, January 16, 2015

Who Is Jesus? by MaryAnn Diorio - A Review

"Does Jesus give tummy aches when you’re bad?"
"Does he get mad at you when you’re naughty?"
"Does he laugh at you when you fall down?"

Award-winning children’s author Mary Ann Diorio, who holds a doctorate of philosophy, draws on her experience as a mother, grandmother and teacher to tackle these tough questions in a heartwarming way in her new children’s book, “Who is Jesus?”

Helping parents, grandparents and caregivers answer many questions kids ask, “Who Is Jesus?” is a delightful and uplifting read that helps children come to know Jesus as love personified and as someone who cares about them and loves them with a perfect love.

“Children ask tough questions that can be particularly challenging to answer,” Diorio says. “Questions like, ‘Does Jesus love me when I mess up?’ and ‘Did God make me sick?’ The goal of this book is to help answer these questions from the truth of Scripture, presented in an engaging and relatable way that young toddlers can understand.”

Available in hardcover, softcover, Kindle, or iPad versions.
To purchase hardcover, softcover, or Kindle formats, click here.
To purchase for iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Mac, click here.

 MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author and former Professor of Fiction Writing. Her riveting books explore the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest work is a children’s picture book entitled Who Is Jesus? MaryAnn may be reached at  or via her website at

I was blessed with this book through TBCN and author in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation has been provided. 

My Thoughts:
In her book, Who Is Jesus, MaryAnn does a beautiful job portraying Jesus to children.
"Is Jesus someone who laughs at you when you fall down and hurt yourself?"
"No, Jesus doesn't laugh at you... Jesus picks you up, brushes you off and gives you a big bear hug."
She includes Scriptures for each fact she states about Jesus. And ends the book with Jesus is GOD.  Children who may think of Jesus or God as someone who is out to get them, always waiting to punish them, will have a better concept of his love for them, and how they can show that love to others.

This book is also gorgeously illustrated with bright, colorful pictures of children. First, they portray what Jesus would not do (ex: steal your teddy bear), then they demonstrate the love of Jesus through their actions (ex: share his teddy bear).

My children and grandchildren enjoyed this book. I would say its mostly written with younger children in mind, but has great answers even for older ones who may be confused. This would also be a wonderful classroom read. 

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