MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
I can't even tell you how many times I've read this book to my kid brother haha.
A Servant Like Jesus takes place in the same world God's Gift does. This novel follows Charlie, a shy kid, who is asked by his teacher to be her assistant after he helped her solve an issue between two other children in class. Charlie isn't so shy anymore and is super happy to help and helps his teacher on a field trip. When Charlie goes to sleep that night he prays for help to help others.
"... Jesus served everyone, and I want to be a servant like Jesus!"
I liked that this book teaches children that in doing good deeds it is to be a servant like Jesus. It's inspiring you know? I loved the colors and bubbly feel this book has and I love that my kid brother really enjoyed this story. Oh, and my mum totally approves of this book and loves it too. She says it's "too cute" haha. I cant wait to see more of Mancini's work.
MY OVERALL RATING:
Again Mancini and Sharp (illustrator) have created such a vibrant story that stands out to kids. I definitely recommend this book, children and adults a like will like it. You're never too old to learn, am I right?
A Servant Like Jesus BLURB || source: Goodreads
Charlie is a shy kid who hides behind the cleanup sink at school. However, after his teacher asks him to be her helper, he springs into action when the fire coral stings his friend Bernie. Charlie goes to bed a little bit early because he wants to make sure he gets a goodnight's sleep. He wants to be a good helper for Miss Stella. He had decided that it was way more fun to be a helper than to hide behind a sink! Before he falls asleep, Charlie prays, "Dear Jesus, thank you for my great first day of school, and thank you for my mommy and daddy, all my new friends and for Miss Stella. Help me to always help others. Amen." Charlie learns he can overcome his shyness and be a servant like Jesus.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Ann Mancini
Lee Ann Mancini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University (1990), a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary, Magna Cum Laude (2014), and a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cum Laude (2014). Lee Ann also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics (2011).
Lee Ann is currently an adjunct professor teaching Ministerial Ethics and Romans at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She is has taught Bible Study for over 10 years and has been an active community volunteer/leader for over 20 years: Representing children as a Palm Beach County Guardian Ad Litem, International Affairs commission Chair for St. Joan of Arc Council of Catholic Women, Community Support Chair for the Junior League of Boca Raton, and CCD religious education teacher for St. Joan of Arc. Initiated and chaired the Auction for Boca Raton High School for six years, and initiated and chaired the PTSA for Boca Raton High School for two years. In addition, Lee Ann is involved in the Women’s Ministry at Spanish River Christian Church and is on board Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. In addition, Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented though the types of brides of the church.
In addition, Lee Ann is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society for Pentecostal Studies. She was awarded “Woman of Distinction Award” by the Soroptimists International of Boca Raton 1995, among other awards in service to the community, school, and church.
Lee Ann is married and has two children. She loves to read, jog, and teach the Word of God. She is also a Christian Children’s author with a series of books, which will make their debut in 2015.
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