Restoration Recommends: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

Restoration Recommends: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

For Easter I gave our three year-old the newly released picture book The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross by British author Carl Laverton. He traces the whole story of our life with God beginning in the Garden of Eden, to the Temple, to the Cross, to the Resurrection, and, finally, to the life to come. This book is a rich biblical theology of sin and redemption that is eye-opening even for adults and especially irresistible to children.

We were created for life with God in the delightful garden he created for Adam and Eve. But when they fail to obey God’s commands, the problem of sin is summarized in the refrain “God says it is wonderful to live with him but because of your sin, you can’t come in.”

Jesus is the hero of this story. Laverton tells his story in such a way that Jesus’ death and resurrection are important but they are not the end-goal of his mission. The purpose is life with God! Jesus is the first person to live with God again and he has made away for everyone to join him there. In response to the sin that separates us from God, Jesus says, “But I died on the cross to take your sin, so all my friends can now come in.”

Illustrator Catalina Echeverri’s detailed and vibrant pictures also began many conversations about how perfect and lovely life is with God and all the “bad” and “sad” things that separate us from God. My son especially loves the pictures at the end of the book of Jesus ascended to heaven and “so shiny.” You can watch a video of Echeverri reading the story and see her beautiful illustrations.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and godparents: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross is a delightful way to share the Gospel with your children. This book immediately became a favorite for us and would be a great gift for any child between the ages of 3 and 7.

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