Don’t Blame the Mud
Only Jesus Makes us Clean
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. He ignored 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, heartwarming tale that kids can relate to Max learns his heart needs to be cleaned. Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin.
With gospel truth at the center, 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. We help children identify with the real-life draw of temptation and the real-life consequences of sin. Best of all, they can understand from a young age the value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of just teaching kids to find their own way to solve 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.
About the Author
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Gospel Story and The Ology, among numerous other books. Marty and his wife Lois have six children and two grandchildren. They reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Craig MacIntosh was a newspaper political cartoonist and illustrator for 22 years and was the artist for the widely published cartoon strip Sally Forth. He and his wife, Linda, live in Minnesota and have two grown children.