Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace  -     By: Andy Addis, Tatio Viana
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Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace

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Blotch is a parable that helps kids grasp the concepts of sin, salvation, and redemption in a clear way. Blotch is a boy who lives in a kingdom where everyone has blotches on their skin. Each time a person is mean or does something wrong, another spot appears. Hoping to find someone who knows how to get rid of the spots, Blotch strikes out on a journey. At the first village he meets the Hiders, who merely cover their spots. Next, the Pretenders simply deny they even have spots. A third village is full of the Blamers, who constantly fight and blame each other for their rapidly multiplying stains.

Fearful and frustrated, Blotch finally meets a kind stranger who has the solution for removing the spots permanently. But an elated Blotch is shocked to find out that the humble stranger is actually the King, and the solution requires that the King take the spots on Himself---a sacrifice that will change Blotch and his family forever. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 63
Vendor: B&H Kids
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8 X 5.5 X .33 (inches)
ISBN: 1433686902
ISBN-13: 9781433686900
Ages: 8-12

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Blotch is a boy who lives in a kingdom where everyone has blotches on their skin. Each time a person is mean or does something wrong, another spot appears. Hoping to find someone who knows how to get rid of the spots, Blotch strikes out on a journey. At the first village he meets the Hiders, who merely cover their spots. Next, the Pretenders simply deny they even have spots. A third village is full of the Blamers, who constantly fight and blame each other for their rapidly multiplying stains. Fearful and frustrated, Blotch finally meets a kind stranger who has the solution for removing the spots permanently. But an elated Blotch is shocked to find out that the humble stranger is actually the King, and the solution requires that the King take the spots on Himself—a sacrifice that will change Blotch and his family forever.

Much like Jesus' use of parables to help His listeners understand and remember spiritual lessons, Blotch is a parable that helps kids grasp the concepts of sin, salvation, and redemption in a way that is memorable and engaging. Each chapter includes a parent/child discussion guide that would also work well in small groups or classrooms. A simple story with an accessible message, Blotch is an excellent vehicle to teach kids about the Gospel.
 

Author Bio

Andy Addis attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned his MDivBL and graduated as the first ever LifeWay Pastoral Leadership Award recipient. He is currently the pastor of the CrossPoint church (crosspointnow.net)—a video-driven, multi-site congregation in Hutchinson, Kansas, with 2,500 to 3,000 in weekend attendance. Andy also serves as the president of the Kansas Nebraska convention of Southern Baptists.  For more information, visit www.AndyAddis.com.

Tatio Viana, a self-taught artist from Madrid, left a decade-long career in advertising to follow his passion for illustration in 2000. Since then, he has breathed life into the pages of math, history, science, and literature textbooks with his rich, vivid illustrations. Outside of the studio, you’ll most likely find Tatio swaying to jazz, devouring a book, or laughing with his young son, Elías.

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Illustrative Book on Salvation
    March 7, 2016
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed this children's book. It's a hardback chapter book about a young boy named Blotch. He lives in a small village in the kingdom. The book begins with Blotch sitting by the water pondering as he does every day. How can he get rid of his spots. You see he is covered with marks and blemishes that multiply daily based on his actions. Each wrong thing adds a stain. He really wants to get rid of his spots but doesn't know how.

    After receiving permission from his father to go on a journey in search of an answer he starts out for the next village. Sadly, in the villages, he finds only concealers, pretenders, and pointers. But no one to help. Tired and discouraged he begins to cry. In that place he is found by a man who has all the answers.

    It is difficult to brag on this book without revealing too much. Obviously, if you're a Christian, you will figure out who this man is. This story is a wonderful way to introduce children to the Savior. It also helps them understand sin, that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. Each chapter, five in all, is a part of his journey - from recognizing sin and meeting other sinners to finding a Savior, then sharing with others. The back of the book contains discussion questions for each chapter. This is a great help for parents looking to introduce their child to Christ, or teachers looking for another way to share the plan of salvation with their class.

    I was blessed with this book by B&H Publishing and Lifeway in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to give a positive review.
  2. Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful Children's Book
    March 4, 2016
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an amazing children's book. This is probably the best children's book I have read in a long time. The book begins with Blotch, a young boy who is concerned with all the stains on his skin. He decides he wants to take a journey to see if he can find a way to get rid of them. After getting his parents permission, he sets out to find the answer.

    Even as an adult I could see in my own life when I have come in contact with people like the ones Blotch meets in the book. We all know those who try to cover their sin or pretend they don't sin or even those who blame their sin on someone else. Blotch completes his journey no better off than he started. Will he ever find the answer?

    This book is a great tool to teach about salvation. Even my children who have been in church their whole lives enjoyed this book. The way the author addresses the subject of salvation was very creative and enlightening but it didn't take away from what salvation is.

    This book would be awesome for Sunday school teachers as well as any family. I was very impressed with this book and would be happy to recommend it to anyone.

    Thank you to B&H Publishing and Lifeway for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    February 11, 2016
    Melanie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is an excellent way to teach your children about sin and forgiveness in a very clear story. I expected this to be written for young children but not only did it appeal to my 5 year old but also my 8 year old. It is a light chapter book with plenty of pictures too. My children know about sin but thinking and seeing the actual blotches on Blotch, the main character, give it a new meaning for them. As the story progresses Blotch learns what people do to try and hide, deny or blame others for their sins and finally how to gain forgiveness. This book was even eye opening for me as I began to think more about how I deal with my own sins. It was thought provoking! This book not only contains the story but also discussion questions to talk about after each chapter. What a thoughtful way to start those conversations you might not ever have had. While doing the discussion for chapter one, my little boy stopped me and said that he wanted to "ask Jesus into my heart". What a proud and special moment! I cannot recommend this book enough!
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