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The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song | Book Review

The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song is a children’s re-telling of the story of Paul, Silas, and their imprisonment in Philippi. Join me for a review of this gospel-centered picture book for kids!

The cover of a new kids' book--The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song.

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The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song | Book Review

The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song: A True Story about How God Uses People to Save People by Bob Hartman, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

Summary

This book tells the true story (found in Acts 16) of what happens when Paul and Silas are wrongfully thrown into a harsh prison in Philippi. Rather than moaning and complaining, instead they trust God and praise Him with a
“midnight song”. Through their faithfulness, the jailer of the prison and his household come to faith in Jesus.

Inside pages of the book, The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song.

What I Love about The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song

Biblical Accuracy

This is the latest book in the Tales That Tell the Truth series. One of my favorite things about this series is the way the authors tell Biblical stories at a child’s level while still being faithful to the original text. The stories are well-written and they engage, entertain, and most importantly, teach.

Repetition

Repetition is a common device used in children’s literature to cement the storyline and/or keep things interesting. In this story, the refrain of “Listen…” repeats as the story progresses, keeping your child curious about what they should be “listening” for next, whether it’s Paul and Silas singing, the earthquake grumbling through the ground, or even the jailer crying.

The Prisoners, The Earthquake, and the Midnight Song also repeats this all-important refrain about Jesus, “…who died so we can be forgiven, who came back from the dead so we can live forever, and who sent his Holy Spirit so we can follow Him as our King.”

The illustrations follow this repetition too as we see the gospel shared in speech balloons filled with three simple illustrations: the cross, the empty tomb, and a dove representing the Holy Spirit.

Inside pages of the book, The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song.

Encouragement to Share the Gospel

Finally, I love how this book provides a springboard for discussing with our kids how God “uses people to save people.” Sharing our faith doesn’t have to be awkward, weird, or overbearing. Rather, Paul and Silas set an example of praising God in the midst of difficult circumstances and God opened a door (quite literally!) for them to be able to share the gospel.

The book concludes with an encouragement for kids to join the many voices and languages sharing the good news of Jesus all around the world today, “You can tell people about Jesus too!”

Inside pages of the book, The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song.

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