Sophia and the Umbrella – A Children’s Book on Justification – by C. Matthew McMahon


What does it mean to be justified by faith alone? It is not “just as if I’d never sinned,” as so many trendy evangelicals believe. So what then? In this easy to understand and fully illustrated children’s story we find Sophia who lives in the city of Drown, and who is constantly soaking wet. She is looking to find a way to get dry but cannot do it on her own. Then, she meets a stranger on the corner of a street who has a special gift just for her to help her get out of the rain. It is a story centering around 1 John 1:7, “…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”



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This full color children’s book completely in rhyme, appropriate for children from 5-10 years old, is about Sophia – a little girl that is constantly soaking wet. She lives in the city of Drown where the rain never stops falling. There is nothing in the town that can stop the rain, and there is no place she can go to get dry. No matter what she tries, she is always soaking wet. Then one day she meets a man standing on the street corner on a wooden box with a special gift just for her. He shows her why the rain keeps falling from the sky, and how to get out of the rain to get dry.

This book is a lesson to help children understand the bible’s teaching of justification, and the work that Jesus Christ accomplished on behalf of his people (in theology this is called Christ’s imputation to believers). Most adults have a difficult time understanding justification and imputation. In this easy to understand story, both parents and children alike will see what it means to be justified by God through the blood of Jesus Christ through the eyes of a little girl. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Rom. 5:9). “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7).

It also has listed at the end of the story a study aid to help parents teach their children the major themes found in the book.

C. Matthew McMahon, Ph.D., Th.D., is a Reformed theologian, and pastor of Grace Chapel in Crossville, TN. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind, the largest Reformed website on the internet for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology, the Puritans and Covenant Theology. He is the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes rare Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century, specializing in the Westminster Assembly. He is also a managing partner at, and the Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics.