One of the most striking representations of Jesus in the scriptures is that of a shepherd. Based on John 10's statement that He is the Good Shepherd, this series of eight lessons teaches youngsters of Jesus' unfailing love and care (even to the point of death on the cross). Like all of her previous collections, each children's message is accompanied by a two-sided activity page -- one side that's a coloring page for younger children, and the other with numerous puzzles and activities to reinforce the lesson's theme for older children. Bland has a well-earned reputation for biblical faithfulness, creativity, and practicality. Busy pastors and teachers have found her ready-to-use materials just what they need for their children's time -- we know you'll love her latest release The Shepherd And His Sheep is insightful, simple, and creative. But most important is the depth of spirituality that is presented which will engage the mind and heart of a child. Although specifically designed with children in mind, Bland's messages recover the significance of Jesus' statement that unless we come to him as a child, we will miss the kingdom of God. This collection of sermons and activities will call the child in each one of us to be in the presence of the Good Shepherd.
Steven M. Marsh
Dean of Chapel and Spiritual Formation
Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
During nearly 50 years as a pastor's wife, Julia Bland
has taught church groups of all ages from children through senior adults. She has been active in United Methodist Women and served as district chairperson of Global Concerns as well as Publicity and Public Relations. Bland's award-winning oil, watercolor, and pen and ink artwork has appeared in private and public collections.