The Thief Who Stole Heaven is the follow up to New York Times, USA Today and Amazon chart topper: The Spider Who Saved Christmas.
Once again, bestselling author and broadcaster, Raymond Arroyo provides readers with a cinematic, adventurous holiday story based on ancient legends filled with deeper themes. The Thief Who Stole Heaven introduces audiences to the largely hidden character of The Good Thief.
Remembering his own mother and family, Dismas is moved with compassion and persuades
the leader to let the Holy Family go. He does not change his ways, but while on the cross many
years later, Dismas is caught in the entrancing gaze of the Blessed Mother from under his own
cross. He suddenly realizes that the man suffering horribly next to him was the captivating boy
on that fateful day long ago. He instantly asks Jesus for forgiveness—and knowing exactly who
he is, Jesus forgives Dismas, assuring him of Paradise that very day!
“Wonder, in a child, is the beginning of worship,” said a children’s book publisher nearly a
century ago. Author Arroyo, in one of the most beautiful Gospel-based children’s stories ever
written, makes St. Luke’s fleeting mention of the Good Thief come alive for children under nine
in an electrifying and tender tale of the meaning of forgiveness as Jesus practices it—perfectly.