The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible: Over 40 Stories of God’s Power and Presence
The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. This is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
Make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
Settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139: 7–10
My Honest Review:
First, It is called an “Illustrated Bible” but isn’t a Bible. It is a children’s book of child-level Bible stories. Everything from Creation to Joseph to David to Jesus to Paul and finally to the child (which I thought was a really great way to end the book.) But if you are going to tell stories, rather than actually illustrate the Bible, it seems incorrect to call this a Bible. It should be upfront.
Instead, it’s a book filled with forty-five stories pertaining to the Spirit of God.
There are numerous Bible verses throughout, as well. The verses are from the NIV translation of the Bible, which is a popular translation. However, verses may be a bit different than what some readers are used to reading.
The stories are divided between the Old Testament (twenty-nine stories) and New Testament (sixteen stories), and they follow the Spirit of God moving among the people of the Bible (some familiar, and some, not so much), such as King David, King Josiah, Mary and Joseph, Balaam, Ezekiel, Simeon, and the disciples. There are various short stories, which reference specific Scripture verses. The stories combine in a way to feel like one continuous story. Not all of the stories are well known or frequently taught in Sunday School, so some readers may be unfamiliar with them (but perhaps learn something while reading this). The illustrations have a bit of a “cartoon” feel to them, and they are vibrantly colored.
So what are you waiting for?
You can review a sample of the book on the website!
Let me know how you like the book in the comments! 🙂
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