Eerdmans Books for Young Readers is the proud publisher of fantastic authors and illustrators. Together we have won such prestigious awards as the Batchelder and Caldecott awards, placed many books on national and state reading lists, and touched the minds and hearts of children around the world.
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Get to know Anslem Grün
German Benedictine Father Anselm Grün has written around 300 books, which have sold over 15 million copies in 30 languages. Born in 1945 in the small town of Junkershausen, Grün studied philosophy and theology in St. Ottilien and Rome and received his doctorate with a study on Karl Rahner. He then (fascinatingly) studied business management in Nuremberg. He has been business manager of the Münsterschwarzach abbey from 1977 up to 2013, and he keeps a busy schedule of lectures, seminars, writing, service, and spiritual guidance.
It is this man, with his broad influence and great success in spiritual writing, who has written the picture book Jesus with illustrations by Giuliano Ferri. The book retells the life of Jesus in a simple, warm, and inviting way, recalling his learning and teaching, his disciples and miracles, and his last supper, death, and resurrection. Among the many episodes Grün includes is one which illustrates perfectly the purpose of this book:
"One time, when Jesus was speaking to the people in a village, some of the mothers brought their children to him and asked him to bless the little ones. The disciples were angry. They scolded the parents and told them not to bother Jesus with their children. But Jesus himself became angry and said to his disciples, 'Let the children come to me. The kingdom of God belongs to them. If you do not become like a child, you cannot enter God's kingdom.' Then he embraced each child, placing his hands upon them and blessing them. And God's love wrapped around the children and protected them."
This is the heart behind Grün's beautifully simple book, Jesus, which will be coming out this month. Later this year, Grün and Ferri are bringing us The Legend of Saint Nicholas the story of the real life saint whose generosity has taken on a life of its own, evolving into Santa Claus.