Josey Johnson's Hair and the Holy Spirit

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$18.00  $16.74
IVP Kids
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9.3 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Esau McCaulley (PhD, St. Andrews) is assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, the author of Reading While Black, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. When he's not writing or teaching, he spends his time cheering for his kids in their sporting and artistic endeavors, and on many a Saturday afternoon you can find him at a beauty parlor with his daughter.

LaTonya Jackson is an artist and illustrator living in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she teaches art to elementary and middle school students. A classically trained artist, LaTonya transitioned to children's illustrations after becoming a mom and experiencing the joy of seeing things through her son's eyes.


"Esau paints a beautiful picture of how we can weave biblical teaching into the ordinary stuff of life, like a visit to the salon for your daughter's extraordinarily gorgeous hair. Josey Johnson's Hair and the Holy Spirit will help you share about the image of God, the gospel for all nations, and the Holy Spirit, all while helping your child gain the invaluable knowledge that she is fearfully and wonderfully made."

--Trillia Newbell, author of The Big Wide Welcome and God's Very Good Idea

"The exuberant story, with illustrations to match, manages to explain Pentecost, affirm Josey's Blackness as 'God's work of art' and celebrate human difference as evidence of God's plan for creation at the same time. That's a lot for a picture book, but it works!"

--The Presbyterian Outlook, May 2022

"This children's book by Esau McCaulley explores how God has uniquely designed each of us in the way we are made, inspired by Psalm 139: 'I am fearfully and wonderfully made.' "

--Darrell L. Delaney, The Banner, October 2022

"There are so many delights in this children's story. Theologian Esau McCaulley weaves into the narrative rich theology of humans as God's image bearers and the wonder of Pentecost in the proclamation of Christ for the nations. Then there is the sheer delight of a father taking his daughter to get her hair styled, . . . and going dress shopping with his daughter. LaTonya Jackson's vibrant illustrations are a feast for the eyes. And the concluding Pentecost celebrations struck me as the way Pentecost ought to be celebrated! Most of all, this is a story for every child who feels 'different, ' affirming the 'unique work of art' each one is."

--Bob Trube, Bob on Books, June 2022