Joann Simmons’s Newly Released “Azazel” is a Meaningful Children’s Picture Book About Scapegoats

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“Azazel” from Christian Faith Publishing author Joann Simmons is a wonderfully engaging illustrated children’s story about a young sheep named Jewel who sees her friend Roi bullied for something he didn’t do. She comes home with questions, and her wise mother tells her about the role of scapegoats in the Bible who take the blame for other people’s sins.

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“Azazel”: an important moral tale for kids, is the creation of published author Joann Simmons, a retired piano teacher and student of God’s word who serves her church by playing piano and writing children’s Sunday school lessons. She lives in Macomb, Illinois, with her husband.

Simmons writes of her series, “The central character of the Bible is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Old Testament points to His first coming as the Savior of the world. The Gospels relay His biography while on earth, and the remainder of the New Testament point to His return to earth as the divine ruler of heaven and earth.

“The lamb is the figure used throughout the Bible to point to many characteristics of Jesus—He, being the perfect sacrifice for mankind, the scapegoat for man’s sin, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

“Tales from the Sheep Pen is a collection of stories written for children in third to fifth grade. Using sheep of many personalities, these stories are written to teach some of the difficult passages in the Old Testament that use sheep to point to Jesus.

“The sheep include Jewel, Rambo, Raphael, Roi, and Aries with Mama, Grampa, and Grammie teaching the lessons to the little sheep.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Joann Simmons’s new book is an engaging read that beautifully explains a crucial—if complicated—concept in the Bible to young readers.

In this lovely and helpful tale in the series, Simmons introduces the idea of sin, innocence, honesty, and ultimately forgiveness, all of which will help children understand the importance of what Jesus did on the cross as the sacrificial Lamb of God—the holy scapegoat for the world.

View a synopsis of “Azazel” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Azazel” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Azazel”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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