Ark House Press, July 2020
The One and Only
Saviour of the World
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Have you ever picked up a Bible and wondered where in the world you should start reading? The gospels are a good place to start, but which one should you choose? Matthew, Mark, Luke or John? You might not know this, but while Luke writes about Mary and the angel and the shepherds in the fields, only Matthew mentions the wise men with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Luke recounts the story of Zacchaeus and the parable of the prodigal son, but if you don't read John you'll miss Nicodemus and the wonder of John 3:16.
This book contains all four gospels, written into one chronological account of the life and mission of Jesus. If you want to know why Jesus made the Pharisees so mad, and why it was so shocking that he would touch a leper and eat with a tax collector, this book is for you. Prepare to meet the King of kings and witness the greatest sacrifice the world has ever known.
About the Book
I began to write this book after Luke 6:46 hit me in the heart one day. Jesus asked the crowd, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, but not do what I say?” It was one of those catalyst moments as I realised the obvious: How can we do what he says if we don’t know what he says? And what would my life look like if I was seriously following Jesus as a disciple, and not as a self-reliant Westerner? A lot of Christians (including me) take on the name of Christ, but forget to make him Lord of their lives. To be a disciple means to learn from and become like the teacher. So when we say yes to Jesus, the goal is to look less like the world and more like him. The question of my life became this: What does Jesus care about, and what should I care about?
I decided to strip back everything I knew about God and the church, lay out the gospels side by side, and start again from scratch. I listened to hundreds of sermons, read piles of books and commentaries, and met Jesus all over again. In the process this book was born. I hope that as you read it, you will meet Jesus and find out what he cares about and what you should care about if you call yourself a disciple.
The Twelve Apostles
Crowds followed Jesus everywhere he went. He could have chosen anybody to be his disciples. The cleverest, the richest, the most popular or talented men. But the cool thing is, Jesus doesn't always choose people who are exceptional on the outside. He chooses them for the potential he can see in their hearts. So who did he choose? A ragtag bunch of ordinary men, including simple fishermen, a dishonest tax collector and a zealot who was desperate to fight Rome.
Illustrating a Book in a Car in 28 Hours
I get asked all the time if I really illustrated the book on a road trip to Melbourne. The short answer is yes. I had experimented with all sorts of illustration styles on and off while I was writing the book, but by the time I finished the manuscript and it was time to seriously get to work on the pictures, I was about to start teaching full time. I realised I only had the summer holidays to finish the pictures completely before school started and my brain would be elsewhere for the next 12 months!
We were about to drive to Melbourne for Christmas with my family. That's 14 hours there and 14 hours back, and I had a deadline. My husband drove the whole way and I went through four 2B pencils. I loved it! The best thing was I didn't have time to be precious about each drawing or worry that they weren't good enough. If we went over a bump on the freeway and the line I was drawing went wobbly, I just redrew a new line over the top.
After our road trip, I scanned all the drawings and spent some late nights on Photoshop, erasing and cleaning up wobbly lines and finalising each image.