Author: Marty Machowski
Illustrator: Andy McGuire
Ancient Psalms Ever New
Your children may know of the psalms, but with WonderFull by best-selling author Marty Machowski, young readers learn to use the whole book of the Psalms to pray, worship, and find help through the challenges life is certain to bring.
Oliver and his grandfather spend days sitting in front of an old Oak tree, reading through the book of Psalms together. As Oliver’s curiosity about God evolves into a deep and abiding faith, his grandfather continues to read to him and pray with him, discovering together the beauty of the Psalms.
Even when Oliver’s grandpa is no longer able to read with him, Oliver continues to cherish the Psalms—especially in times of trial—and he imagines what it will be like to see God face to face and his grandfather again in heaven.
Ancient psalms are made ever new in this beautifully designed children’s book, and kids will grow to love and appreciate this book of the Bible.
As a best-selling author to numerous books and curricula for kids, Marty Machowski draws on over thirty years of experience as a pastor to provide Scripture-based truth and hope for young readers.
Machowski doesn’t just help kids become familiar with the psalms. He helps them apply what they are learning to their own lives, which is a gift that will continue to deepen their walk with Christ as they grow older.
About the author:
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, The Ology, Don’t Blame the Mud, Parenting First Aid, Parenting First Aid Study Guide, and WonderFull. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
About the illustrator:
Andy McGuire is a writer, illustrator, and editor. He illustrated the book, The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New authored by Marty Machowski. Andy lives in Minnesota with his wife, Becky, and their two children, Charlie and Jane.
“In WonderFull, Marty Machowski skillfully presents the whole of the Psalter for a child’s easy access, with Christ himself appearing naturally as the overarching theme. As a bonus blessing, the illustrations are lovely to look at. I highly recommended this book for readers of all ages.” ~Palmer Robertson, Executive Director, Consummation Ministries; former director, African Bible University, Kampala, Uganda; author of The Flow of the Psalms, The Structure of the Psalter, and Psalms in Congregational Celebration
“Martin Luther called the book of Psalms ‘a little Bible, and the summary of the Old Testament,’ while John Calvin caught the spirit of the book when he said it was a ‘mirror of the soul.’ In WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New, Marty Machowski beautifully describes the Psalms in such a way that it will appeal to children’s minds and hearts, while Andy McGuire provides compelling illustrations. Children and parents alike will learn and grow by reading this illuminating book.” ~Tremper Longman III, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
“This delightful, beautifully illustrated book not only helps children learn the Psalms, it shows them how to apply them to their own lives. It tenderly guides them to consider God’s Word for their own hearts and lovingly points them to Christ throughout. WonderFull is an easy-to-use, months-long resource for family worship or a winsome choice to read with an individual child.” ~Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Praying the Bible, and Family Worship
“Here’s what you’ll get when you read Marty Machowski’s WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New: Christ-exalting gospel truth, pastoral wisdom, theologically-rooted reflections, and grand visions of the greatness and goodness of God, all in a way that kids can understand. It’s remarkable. Marty will help deepen your passion to apply these God-breathed songs to your life and lead you to a more satisfying knowledge of the gracious Redeemer behind them.” ~Bob Kauflin, Director of Sovereign Grace Music
“WonderFull is a valuable resource for guiding children in how to relate, pray through, and apply the Psalms to their everyday lives. Sprinkled with fun and charm, this beautiful blend of intriguing illustrations and simple commentary will usher young hearts into an intimate, life-changing relationship with God. I highly recommend this gem of a book!” ~Ginger Hubbard, Author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!
“The Psalms are an amazing spring of comfort to the soul. They express and align with the inner workings of the human soul. WonderFull helps readers of all ages experience this divine gift as it was intended. The beautiful illustrations also reflect the soothing nature of the Psalms and help set the reader in a state of gentle reflection. Questions and insights guide the reflections to bring about genuine life transformation. This is truly an heirloom book to be read and passed down for generations.” ~Curtis Solomon, Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition
“The Psalms are the heart of the Bible and pulse with the living heartbeat of God’s faithfulness. How precious is a book like this that teaches children to know and love the Psalms for the way they point us to Christ! WonderFull is tenderly written and beautifully illustrated, and will be a delight for grandparents and parents to share with their dear little ones.” ~Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“I love this book—a kid-friendly, gospel-focused guide to the songbook of the Bible! WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New made my heart sing, not only over beautiful truths about our Lord, but also that future generations might better learn and live the Psalms through this book. Drawing from current scholarship, the style is clear, the design charming, and the lessons timeless. As children open the book, they’ll be drawn in by the story Machowski uses to introduce the Psalms, but when they’re done, what they'll remember is The Story that fills the Psalms with wonder.” ~Champ Thornton, Pastor; award-winning author of The Radical Book for Kids; author of Why Do We Say Good Night? and Pass It On
“No other biblical book exposes the depths of the human heart and the beauty of the gospel quite like the Psalms. In this well-written and beautifully illustrated book, Marty Machowski helps the next generation understand the full range of human experience from a biblical framework and see how the Psalms point them to the hope they can have in Christ. Highly recommended!” ~Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies, Grace College and Theological Seminary
“In WonderFull, Marty Machowski opens up the treasure box of the Psalms and shines a light on the gems inside. Through the delightful story of Oliver and his grandpa and the timeless truths of Scripture, parents and children alike are shown an intimate picture of what it looks like to actually talk to God. It’s a book you’ll read frequently with your children or grandchildren.” ~Drew Hill, Pastor, award-winning author of Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel
"The book of Psalms has long been central to the life of Christ's church. Here is a wonderful book that will help the Psalms become central to the life of your family as well. Let the accessible commentary, thoughtful questions, and beautiful illustrations draw your family into the unified message of the greatest songbook ever written." ~Colin J. Smothers, Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
“WonderFull is a treasure map to help kids discover and delight in the Psalms, and ultimately, the glories of Christ. Marty combines a child-friendly narrative with beautiful illustrations and packs adult-level theology into a child-sized introduction. I predict WonderFull will spark in your children a lifelong quest to study the Psalms.” ~C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville