Another title in the Cecil and Friends series of children's picture books by Andrew McDonough, The Good Samaritan does not present itself as much of a parody as other titles in this series. That is not to say that it does not take many liberties with the original text in the Bible. In this version, Jesus is teaching when suddenly a 21st century businessman in a tie and three-piece suit stands up and asks him what commandments are the most important. Jesus thus leads into the well-known story of the man who was robbed and beaten and left to die. In this version, when a priest passes by, he is dressed in a high hat and conical robe very much like a Catholic bishop or an Episcopalian pastor. When a "temple worker" passes by, he is dressed like a rabbi. After the Samaritan rescues and cares for the beaten man, the lesson becomes obvious to the 21st century businessman who his "neighbor" is. The book ends with Jesus telling the modern man to go out and behave similarly. So, the lesson is very close to the original biblical version, but the characters in the story are not from that time period. It's entertaining, but it may be a bit confusing to children. Ė Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
esus gets into an argument with an expert who thinks he is a know-it-all about how Godís people should live. Be careful reading The Good Samaritan based on Luke 10:25-37. If you grasp what Jesus is saying it may change your life.