Title: Crossroads in Galilee
Author: Elizabeth Raum
Series: Choose Your Journey
Major Themes: Jesus
Synopsis: Three different stories, written in choose-your-adventure format, tell the story of Jesus’s early ministry.
When I was younger, I greatly enjoyed books that let me choose my own adventure. My little boys love that kind of story now. This Bible story, which lets you choose many different outcomes, is very well-done.
Crossroads in Galilee allows children to experience stories of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee in a fresh, new way. When you start reading the book, you can choose from three different characters—do you want to be a boy or a girl? A fisherman’s sister, or the brother of a despised tax collector? After you choose your character, you make decisions about the various situations you find yourself in. For example, do you go home after hearing John the Baptist preach, or do you want to be baptized? Each choice you make leads to other decisions to make, and your choices determine the outcome of your story.
As you follow the various paths through this book, you will read about a number of different miracles of Jesus. You will also witness the calling of several of the disciples, and hear Jesus give the Sermon on the Mount—and have the choice to make whether to apply those teachings or not.
I found this story to be very accurate. Though a novel, it tells the stories as they are related in the New Testament. I also appreciated the pictures. They are simple black-and-white drawings, not cartoonish in style but fairly realistic.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley and chose to review it.
Listening Level—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12