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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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 al
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 27th 2019 by New Growth Press
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La Coccinelle
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
Let me start out by saying that I'm not a Christian, and therefore am not the audience for this book. But I am interested in religion and trying to understand why people believe what they believe. I've read a few Christian picture books, and have enjoyed some more than others. This book, however, is one of the weaker ones I've read, combining a potentially confusing message with uneven illustrations and a trite plot.

Max gets muddy on his way home from school, even though his mom told him not to.
Vera Godley
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
"Unless you see that you have a problem, you don’t think you need a solution." -Marty Machowski" author of "Don't Blame the Mud"
This well-drafted picture book clearly articulates the gospel helping parents create an environment of confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes in the freedom of Christ.

Max is our lead character and he is shadowed by a lurking companion - MUD. Max is dressed in navy blue pants, a white dress shirt, and a red necktie. He carries his backpack because he has bee
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author Marty Machowski and illustrator Craig MacIntosh have come together and crafted a fun and unique children’s picture book about temptation and the consequence to making bad choices. Portraying temptation as mud is a unique way of capturing the attention of children in a fun and positive learning environment. This is not only a great parenting tool for teaching about temptation and consequences of bad choices, but also showing how God plays a role in it all. The story is fun and enjoyable an ...more
Theron StJohn
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you desire to have gospel conversations in your home and with your family in the everyday stuff of life, then you need to read and glean from 'Don’t Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean' by Marty Machowski.

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Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a good children’s book that talk about the subject of sin and forgiveness of sins biblically? This children’s book really did a good job giving an analogy of sin being compared to mud and also talked directly about the issue of sin, guilt and Christ and the Gospel. Yet the author told this story in a way that kids would relate and certainly my daughters felt they could identify with the main character Max.
Coming in at 32 pages this book packed a lot of precious truths within
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
The book is divided into two sections. The first section is the first person narrative of a little boy. He tells us how he yields to temptation then tries to fix the mess he has made. That part ends with his parents explaining to him that his efforts will never rid him of the guilt of his actions. The second section is a brief Bible study of sin, guilt, and salvation.
I love the message of this book, especially the last bit of the story and the Bible study part. The simple power of the message
Connie Saunders
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't Blame the Mud is a great way to introduce children to the concepts of sin, guilt, and forgiveness. Author Marty Machowski shows how a young boy named Max is tempted to do the very thing that his mother warned him not to do. Max gets dirty--very, very dirty--and he immediately feels guilty about disobeying his mom. As he tries to hide his muddy clothes and shoes Max realizes that his mother knows exactly what he has done so he then tries shifting the blame from himself. A discussion between ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great children’s story about sin and the book equips parents and teachers to teach our children about sin. The story is about a boy who makes the wrong choice by taking a muddy path home from school. Along the way he falls and gets his new school uniform completely dirty. When he got home, instead of telling his mom and dad the truth, he ran through the house straight to his room leaving a trail of mud behind him and tried to hide his muddy mess under his bed. His mom and dad saw the m ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Blame the Mud, by Marty Machowski, author of The Ology and The Gospel Story Bible, gives a simple story to parents that is illustrative of how sin often occurs. In the story, Max is on his way home from school, and he hears his mother's voice resounding in his head not to fall into the mud and get dirty. All he has to do is walk home, change his clothes, and then he can go out and play. It's pretty simple. But then he sees a muddy path, and he knows he can just run along the trail next to ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Marty Machowski's newest book, Don't Blame the Mud, is a children's book that addresses the sin living inside each and every one of us. But there is hope because Jesus can make us clean!

I have enjoyed reading through Marty Machowski's books. They are full of sound, biblical advice for working with children and teaching them the truth of God's Word. I liked the concept of this book. Mud is something that kids can comprehend because they have experienced it. And taking that experience and putting
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Blame the Mud Only Jesus Makes Us Clean is an effective resource that helps parents teach their children about sin, conviction, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I really like how the story's text and illustrations use a more relatable circumstance that younger children are more apt to understand. While in this instance the story involves an actual mud puddle, the mud also represents sin and how it can come in many forms. It first follows the main character around, tempting him to slip up. O ...more
Leticia Glidewell
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved how this book beautifully explains about sin and temptation. Mud being sin and the trail being the temptation.

Max knew what he was doing was wrong, but the temptation to walk that trail was too inviting. Like most people, we choose not to obey God's word and we do things on our own, then later we try to cover up that guilt and shame, by blaming someone else or the object of our guilt. And no matter what we try to do, that guilt stays on us. Maybe from the outside we look clean, but from
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be simple and relatable. Teaching kids about sin and the guilt that comes with it in very practical terms. But it definitely does not leave them there.

Teaching a child about salvation with this book is entirely possible. The progression is fast, because it is a short story, and can’t possibly convey the many similar experiences beforehand. But that’s ok. The truth is that God pricks each heart at different times. When a heart is ready, the experience isn’t slow.

I found the i
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the cutest story of a boy who is not supposed to get muddy on the way home from school, but alas, he "cannot" help himself and ends up covered in mud on his way home. He tries to "blame" the mud for getting all over him, instead of admitting that he was not obedient to his parents. It's a great illustration of how we often try to blame others, or sin, or the old "the devil made me do it" idea rather than assuming the responsibility for our actions. The ending talks about how when we admi ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be one of the best children's books in telling in a very simplistic way how sin stains us and how only Jesus can take that sin away. This story is about a boy who disobeys his mother and what follows is exactly what she said would happen. No matter how careful he was, he could not miss stepping in the mud on the trail that he thought looked so much more fun. After getting all muddy he then tries to hide his guilt. Unfortunately that only made matters worse and led his parents rig ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It's not my fault, I thought. I was doing fine till I slipped and fell. My clothes were all clean till the mud splashed on me. It's all the mud's fault, that's easy to see.

A little boy learns a lesson on obedience and what it means in simple terms. How we blame others for our bad choices (sin) and how we are redeemed when we take responsibility for our bad choices (sin). It is a great lesson on how we think we know better than those in authority. Mom/dad vs kids. It is the same with God. This i
Jan Eldred
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marty Machowski, author of Don’t Blame the Mud, created Max as a typical boy who wants to do good and listen to his mom, but adventures sometimes get in the way. Max isn’t trying to get into trouble, but trouble seems to find him, and he has to find a way out. Because Max didn’t intend to get into trouble, he decides that the blame for his problem doesn’t lie with him, but elsewhere.

I like Christian kids’ books that have a moral, or underlying message. This one is simple and straightforward and
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a great way to explain the gospel to children. It does a good job of showing the dirt on the outside and relating that to guilt in the inside. There is an excellent couple of pages at the end of the book to help parents explain sin and the gospel to their children. The only aspect of the book I felt was less than perfect was the small print. It is not always so easy to hold a book so children can see the illustrations while reading the text. I can see Sunday School teachers using th ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
DON'T BLAME THE MUD is a cute story about a little boy tempted to play in mud puddles despite his mom's orders to stay clean. When he slipped and fell he ran and hid, but the muddy tracks gave him away. He was quick to blame the mud, but his wise parents taught him where the fault lay.

The print/color is hard to read on some sections, but the story is well written, engaging, and teaches a valuable lesson.

Grab a copy of DON'T BLAME THE MUD for your favorite child today.

I was given a copy free. Al
Raechel Lenore
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
"Don't Blame the Mud" is a simpler portrayal made for children to  better understand our sins and what they do to us. It explained in a heartfelt yet easy to understand way, using creative illustrations that connect the child to the story.

It was a very good message, but would need to be for a child old enough to sit still for a period of time as the book is a little bit longer and requires attention. But all in all, a good way to get across the message of repenting.
Elizabeth Seibel
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I want to thank #netgalley for giving me a copy of #dontblamethemud to review. This was a book about taking responsibility fur your actions. I liked the metaphor of the mud. The discussion guide and bible verses are a nice addition.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Blame the Mud is a cute little book that teaches children some good lessons. I give it four stars. ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this with the boys on Easter today! Great kids book!
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! I have been a fan of Marty Machowski's for a while now. We are actually currently working our way through one of his 10 minute devotions, Wise Up: Ten-Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs. So we were excited to dig into this short story book for kids. It is the perfect length that will keep everyone engaged, even younger kids. The illustrations are very adorable and my kids enjoyed them. The story is very skilled at representing our sin and how we need God to clean us. It shows that we are ...more
Spencer R
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
You can read my fuller review at Spoiled Milks (6/28/19).

Marty Machowski gives a simple story to parents that is illustrative of how sin often occurs. In the story, Max is on his way home from school, and he hears his mother’s voice resounding in his head not to fall into the mud and get dirty. But he sees a muddy path, and he knows he can just run along the trail next to the creek to skip stones and find frogs. Yet… Max gets the mud on him. Just as Paul personifies sin in Romans 6-7, illustrat
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mom, own, parenting
Our family has been incredibly blessed by a number of resources written by Marty Machowski, most notably, his Old and New Testament devotionals for families so, I was excited to read his latest work for children, "Don't Blame the Mud". The Gospel message communicated through the parents was crystal clear and the follow-up questions provided in the parent section were helpful for drawing the kids out to think about ways that they struggle to obey, seek to blame-shift, etc. We honestly didn't love ...more
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Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. As leader of their children’s ministry, Promise Kingdom, he has worked for many years to develop curriculum and devotional material that connect church and home. His passion is equipping familie ...more

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