Don’t Blame the Mud by Marty Machowski

Book Review of Don’t Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean

Have your kids ever done something they KNOW they are not allowed to? After they tried to blame it on someone else? Of course you have! Every kid has done it! Just tonight at supper time Lily tried to blame me for cutting her bread into smaller pieces. She wanted a big piece which I gave her. But then she cut it up! I don’t know why she thought blaming me, her mom, would be a good idea. Blaming others and the story of God’s redemption are the focus of Marty Machowski’s new book Don’t Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean.

Book cover of Don't Blame the Mud; Only Jesus Makes us Clean

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Picture of Max getting dirty in Don't Blame the Mud Only Jesus makes us Clean

Marty tells the story of Max, a young boy walking home from school one afternoon. Max’s mom reminds him in the morning not to get his clothes dirty. First, he is to come home and change. Well, the mud was calling Max that day and he did NOT stay clean!! He tried to hide it. After that, he blamed the mud, then he felt the guilt.

Marty beautifully weaves God’s story of redemption through the conversation Max has with his parents. The closing sentence says it perfectly:

The mud was all gone and so was my shame. My heart was washed clean, and deep inside I knew God was now living with me.

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The pictures in this book are fantastic! The illustrator is Craig MacIntosh and his art captures exactly what the story is saying. At the back of the book, there’s even pages on “Helping your child understand sin” and “Helping your child understand the Gospel” and these 3 key verses:

Key Verses

But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:7-9

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51:1-2 NIV

Jesus said: “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”

John 13:8

If you want to start talking to your kids about redemption and forgiveness, this book is the place to start! My kids love it, and it opened up a lot of questions from them. I’m looking forward to many more bedtime stories reading this book! Most importantly, I’m looking forward to the discussions and questions that follow!

My 2 girls enjoying the book Don't Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes us Clean

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A book Review: Don't blame the Mud

10 thoughts on “Don’t Blame the Mud by Marty Machowski

  1. When my son was younger, he definitely would push the blame on someone or something else. This book sounds like a good read to start the conversations with the little ones.

    1. I find myself telling my daughters “don’t blame the mud” when they’re trying to blame each other or something else.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Wish it was around when my kids were young!! A good lesson for all of us though regardless of our age! lol!

    1. Its an excellent book! And I’m sure your granddaughters would love it if you read it to them sometime 😉 Thanks Mom!

  3. I agree! It’s an excellent book for starting conversations. And I’ve started saying “don’t blame the mud” when we have a chat about whatever just happened. It works!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m sure you’re boys would love this book. What kid doesn’t like a story about mud!!

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