Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus” as Want to Read:
Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Miracle Man is a beautifully illustrated biography of Jesus Christ by award-winning author and illustrator John Hendrix. For all Christian denominations and perfect for families to share throughout the year, this book will be especially beloved by the faithful as a gift for Easter, communions, christenings, religious graduations, and all other secular holidays.
This book
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Harry N. Abrams
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Miracle Man, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Miracle Man

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.20  · 
Rating details
 ·  388 ratings  ·  103 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus
Heidi Rogers
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't been putting picture books on my "read" lists on Goodreads before because I didn't want them counting toward my yearly reading goal. But I realized it's more important that the greats get their due in reviews.

You guys, this is the most beautiful children's book about Jesus I have ever read. John Hendrix is an exceptionally talented artist (we fell in love with McToad) and his portrayal of Jesus' miracles is both enchanting and moving. I am so grateful that God moved him to write and ill
First sentence: Ages ago, in a dry and dusty land, the people were in need. The land was a sick place, in need of healing. The land was a blind place, in need of sight. The land was a thirsty place, in need of water...the kind of living water that would last forever.

Premise/plot: Miracle Man is a picture book for readers of all ages. It is the story of Jesus. It begins, not with his birth, but with his ministry. The book ends on the verge of the greatest miracle of all: his resurrection. Reader
Lindsay O’Connor
I had been on the lookout for a fresh perspective on the Easter story and was so happy to get this recommendation! We got the Kindle version because I had some credits to help purchase it. This book is so gorgeously unique, combining text, artwork, and word art that blends in with the illustrations. The author notes that the words of Jesus and the disciples are not quotations from scripture but are his own interpretations, “not from the head of an academic but from the heart of a disciple.” My 4 ...more
This book is gorgeous. You can tell how much Hendrix put his heart into creating this story, retelling the gospels. I like how he doesn't refer to him as Jesus until the very end, up until that he is just the Miracle Man, which I'm sure is what those who heard of him might have called him. Lovely.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Miracle Man is revealed on the last page to be God's Son, Jesus, who is risen from the grave.

4/29/19 Read with Simon
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Truncated bio of Jesus. Beautifully and rather bizarrely illustrated.
Becky B
I think Hendrix himself best summarizes this book in his author's note at the end, "This book is based on the life of Jesus, as found in the Bible, in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Miracle Man is my own version of this story. Though based on the gospel narrative of his life and ministry, it should not be confused with the authority of the actual Biblical accounts. The words of Jesus and the disciples here are not direct quotations but my own interpretations of his life and teachi ...more

For those who dedicate their lives to the education of children, the time devoted to this profession does not begin or end at a certain hour each day nor does it begin and end during the allotted school year. For many this extends into tutoring academic subjects, coaching sports, advising club members, chaperoning class trips or school-sponsored camping expeditions or instructing at night classes to children or adults. For still others it includes hours in preparation for teaching on Sundays (or
Rebecca Honeycutt
This hyper-focused take on Jesus' ministry is mainly notable for the stunning, stylized illustration. Hendrix is doing to really interesting things here, especially in the way he weaves the text into the art--Jesus's words are colorfully illustrated until the passion begins, and then the very landscape starts telling the story. Powerful stuff for a picture book.

A couple of notes:
-Jesus and company look less unrealistically Anglo than they typically do in picture books, which is refreshing, and
Brian Walker
Miracle Man is by far the best children's book about Jesus that I have read. John Hendrix illustrated the highlights of Jesus' life exquisitely. I loved the image of flowers and grass growing in the places Jesus' feet walked, leaving footprints worthy of the Man bringing life to a "dry and dusty land." The tone of the story is not preachy (which most children's books about Jesus seem to be), the language is not boxy by trying to remain faithful to the exact text of Scripture, it did not turn Jes ...more
Edward Sullivan
The power of this considerably abbreviated life of Jesus focusing on the many miracles he performs is in Hendrix's dramatic, inventive illustrations that offers a personal, reverent, visually exciting picture book portrait.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books

3.8 stars

Got this title from a list of 2017 Caldecott predictions. I certainly liked the subject matter. But I was not wowed by the flow of the text or by the illustrations.

My library has this cataloged as a picture book. I had thought that it might be cataloged as junior biography.
Brenda-Jean Shephard
(2016) It's hard to believe I never heard of this prolific and acclaimed young author/illustrator before, but this is my first introduction to the work of John Hendrix. Pen, ink, and fluid acrylic wash are his favorite media; and they are used to give this children's book a popular graphic quality, with the words of the narrative and dialogue frequently incorporated into the artwork. The text, while a very loose paraphrase of the traditional biblical translations, does not contradict or embellis ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most beautiful and unique picturebooks about Jesus I've ever seen. It is worth the read for that alone. There is enough detail to keep you searching the pages for hints to Jesus' identity, such as the lion and the lamb decoration on the earthen pottery, the flowers that grow in Jesus' footsteps, and a few more I won't give away. Because of it's brevity, it does not cover every miracle or event in the life of Jesus, nor does it explain His purpose, but it make you see familiar ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I just love Hendrix's illustration style and his inclusion of hand-lettered words and phrases to complement the pictures. My only complaint is that in the notes at the back of the book, Hendrix specifically mentions doing research into what people would have looked like in that area in Christ's day... and yet the illustrations were still full of white people. Sigh. A lovely book with wonderful representations of Christ's miracles. Doesn't include much of His teachings, but that was clearly not m ...more
Emma Hendrix
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-smith
The Miracle Man is a version of all the Miracles that Jesus had ever done. It goes to back to the start of finding his 12 disciples and the fish they could not catch. Then The Miracle man told them to cast their nets on the opposite side of the boat. The fishermen were surprised when the net was so full it could break. From there on the men followed Jesus. They traveled and watched all of his Miracles, over the ages. The Miracle Man... Jesus Christ himself.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The art work in this book is very creative and fun to look at with great color and some interesting embedding of the narrative in the art. The concentration of the book, however, paints Jesus mainly as the one who did miracles and not the other facets of Jesus life and ministry. The crucifixion is barely touched and the resurrection is pictured but not really explained by the pictures. I wish the story had included the miracle of Jesus' death paying for our sins.
Jo Oehrlein
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The story of Jesus from the calling of the first disciples to rising on the first Easter.

The focus is on a few stories and on Jesus's words, which often become part of the illustration. Because the words join with the illustrations, it's better to read it to yourself several times before sharing it with others (to make sure you see all the words).

Kim Hodges
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my son but I just have to leave a review because it is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever seen. Words aren’t fair...they’re just not fair when it comes to describing it. I’ve left it on my coffee table because it really has helped me remember Christ’s love and power. Sometimes we need pictures like when we were kids.
Brittney Crook
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
The way that the words are illustrated in this children’s book are fantastic.

I did wonder some about how the author seems to skip and choose, but he explains this in an author’s note in the back.

Not my favorite children’s book, but a well-illustrated, concise introduction to the person of Jesus Christ.
The illustrations are truly exceptional, but what use is it to me if I will never read it again? There's no context in which it would be appropriate for me to use this book in any library program, nor would I ever want to. Also in what world is this a story that needs telling again?
Awesome! Awesome!!!! So beautifully illustrated!! The illustrations were vivid and brought the text to life! It was Biblically accurate but presented the story of Jesus in a way that children can understand! Soooo wonderful!!!!
This biography of Jesus focuses on the miracles He performed in His lifetime. These include healing the sick, feeding the poor and walking on water. People of all Christian denominations will want to share this beautifully illustrated book with the children in their lives.
Elizabeth Young
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful recounting of the miracles of Jesus. Excellent Easter gift for PK-3rd. Fun transition from being read to reading alone. Parents won’t mind coaching because they can linger over the AMAZING drawings.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some of the text is hard to read because of the way it is incorporated into the illustrations.
Rebecca Gomez
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Blown away by the beauty of this thoughtful retelling of the story of Jesus.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really beautiful book. The illustrations are gorgeous.
Robby Eckard
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Robby by: Rebekah Eckard
Art was gorgeous and especially enjoyed the blending of Jesus' words with the background. Storytelling could have been a bit smoother at times.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I now own a copy. Every pastor, at a minimum, needs a copy of this book.
Beautiful layout & illustrations. The author's message in the back is amazing. A few of the spreads were not as historically accurate as I would have liked. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
  • John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien
  • McToad Mows Tiny Island
  • Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books
  • Home in the Woods
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
  • Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
  • Stepping Stones
  • Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains
  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science
  • The Proudest Blue
  • Roxaboxen
  • Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
  • Hello Lighthouse
  • The Man with the Violin
  • Finding Narnia: The Story of C. S. Lewis and His Brother
  • The Fourth of July Story
  • Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere
See similar books…
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

John Hendrix is the illustrator of Nurse, Soldier, Spy and author/illustrator of Shooting at theStars, among others. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

News & Interviews

The young adult genre continues to lead literature in embracing new voices, championing all types of diversity, and, well, just really app...
83 likes · 39 comments