In this fifth volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6 - 9 are taken on a journey that imaginatively retraces Jesus restoring Bartimaeus' sight and calling Zacchaeus down from the tree. On this journey, young readers personally encounter Jesus, experiencing what it was like to live in his time and be present for important Scriptural events. Remaining true to Biblical culture and scholarship, this historical fiction book offers a creative presentation of Christian faith and values, making it the perfect addition to your home or school library!
The three siblings, along with a toddler they are babysitting, time travel to a marketplace in Jericho. There, they meet a woman named Leah who reveals that Jesus was in town a few days ago and is now on his way to Jerusalem. Leah's son, Daniel, invites the travelers back to their house, where he tells them about Jesus healing the blind beggar Bartimaeus and calling the fraudulent tax collector Zacchaeus down from the sycamore tree. Filled with excitement from listening to Daniel's stories, the siblings want to meet Jesus more than ever before. But as they get ready to set out on their journey to Jerusalem, Leah cautions them about getting lost and being robbed along the risky roads that lie ahead?
Will the siblings ignore Leah's warning to go find Jesus? How risky are those roads anyway?
Read on to discover how taking responsibility for our actions is the most courageous quest of all!
About this Series:
The Gospel Time Trekkers series follows the adventures of three siblings as they travel back to Gospel times to find Jesus and learn to discover him in their everyday lives.
Features & Benefits:
- Connects Scripture and liturgy to a child's everyday life
- Presents Biblical history and culture in a faithful and well-researched manner
- Fulfills a child's curiosity to know what it would have been like to live during Jesus's time
- Models Ignatian imaginative prayer
- Featured in a series that presents various Biblical events
- Offers an alternative to typical catechetical resources
About the Author:
Sister Maria Grace grew up in Springfield, Virginia, and has one older brother and four younger sisters (and twenty-two nieces and nephews - so far). She met the Daughters of Saint Paul when she was fifteen years old and felt God calling her to help people know and love him. Since then, Sister Grace has edited a Catholic children's magazine (My Friend), authored several children's books, and now serves in the Pauline Books & Media Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"A delightful series that immerses today's young people in the life and culture of Bible times and the Gospel story itself. Well-researched and engaging-with a conclusion that satisfies the reader's growing curiosity."
-Anne Eileen Heffernan, FSP, author of Bible for Young Catholics
"As I read the Gospel Time Trekker Series, I was more and more amazed by the way in which stories from Jesus' life in the Bible can come alive for our young people. Sister Maria Grace Dateno, FSP, the author of this six-part series, enables our young to experience encounters with Jesus, recorded in the Gospels, but now so powerfully engaging their attention. Yes, Jesus becomes much more real for them in His birth at Bethlehem, as He changes water into wine at Cana and feeds the hungering crowd, as He calms the violent storm threatening His disciples in their boat, as He raises from the dead the daughter of Jairus, as He restores sight to blind Bartimaeus and as He rises from the dead. Although the manner in which these encounters with Jesus are told with creativity and imagination, yet the reality of Jesus and His encounters with us remain real. The illustrations throughout this six-part series are likewise attractive and welcoming to young people. I heartily endorse this series: Gospel Time Trekkers to parents, to teachers, to any and all who desire to lead the young to Jesus, the Source of mercy, hope, love and life"
-Most Reverend Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington, VA
Trim size: 5½ x 8¼ inches