Don't Blame the Mud
Only Jesus Makes Us Clean
by Marty Machowski
Pub Date 27 May 2019
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For young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud paints a vivid and accurate picture of sin and God’s plan of redemption. Written by best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski, this beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad consequences.
One day, Max takes the muddy path along the creek home, disregarding his mother’s reminder to keep his school clothes clean. After crashing into a mud puddle, he tries to hide his mistake and discovers the stain of his sin goes deeper than the mud he can wash away. In this lovable, relatable, and heartwarming tale, Max learns his heart needs to be cleaned, and Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin.
By clearly articulating the gospel, Don’t Blame the Mud helps parents create an environment of confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes—in the freedom of Christ—rather than place the blame elsewhere. Parents, teachers, and caretakers can help children identify with the real-life draw of temptation and the real-life consequences of sin, understanding the value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of teaching kids how to deal with a problem, Machowski uncovers the real issue of sin and provides a gospel answer.
“What a gift to a child—to be taught from a young age that there is a remedy for guilt. Marty Machowski’s Don’t Blame the Mud provides kids with a vivid picture of the nature of sin and gives parents the tools to talk about it in an understandable way.”
~ Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author of Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids
“Max got filthy. But not just from the forbidden mud. In this story, Marty Machowski helps every reader three and older understand what makes us most dirty and how God has provided the most wonderful way for us to become clean. You’ll find it a very helpful parable of 1 John 1:9.”
~ Jon Bloom, Cofounder of Desiring God; author of Don't Follow Your Heart and other books.
“Don’t Blame the Mud contains a simple and clear presentation of sin, its consequences, and the forgiveness we find in the gospel. As a grandfather of more than a dozen grandchildren, I look forward to reading this book to them with the confidence that God can use it to open their hearts to the good news of salvation found in King Jesus.”
~ Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I love Marty Machowski’s biblically-rich, gospel-centered resources for children. I’ve benefited from them as a parent and pastor and highly recommend Don’t Blame the Mud. Marty offers a heartwarming tale that will resonate with every child and generate discussion about temptation, confession, and the gospel. Here is an excellent book to help children grasp the seriousness of sin and equip you to present the gospel in a faithful and compelling way.”
~ Dr. Josh Mulvihill, Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry, Renewanation
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for thirty years. Machowski leads Promise Kingdom, the gospel-centered children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of numerous resources for churches and families, including The Gospel Story for Kids series, The Ology, and Parenting First Aid. His latest release is the children’s picture book, Don’t Blame the Mud.
Machowski and his wife, Lois reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They have six children and two grandchildren. He is also the Executive Editor for Children’s Resources at New Growth Press.
Craig MacIntosh is the illustrator of Don’t Blame the Mud. MacIntosh was a newspaper political cartoonist and illustrator for 22 years and the artist for the widely published comic strip Sally Forth. He and his wife, Linda, live in Minne¬sota and have two grown children.