Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Potter

The Potter, written by Cindy Starr Stewart, is an allegory for how God creates us and shapes our lives and how me react to His efforts. As clay is molded, shaped and turned into pots, so are our lives molded and shaped by God. As clay pots must face a fire to become strong, so too must we face hardships and trials to make us strong.

With one exception, each double-page of text includes at least one Bible verse that relates to the text on that spread.

The author includes a prayer at the back of the book for us to pray to help us be more moldable, bendable and stretchable.

She also includes a section at the back of the book called “More about the story…” She uses this section to tell how and where she got the inspiration for the text.

The illustrations by Dan Drewes are very detailed and work beautifully with the text.

What I Like: I love the illustrations. They are beautiful. And, I like the symbolism of the text.

What I Dislike: The text is written in verse. Part of it is fine, but much of the rhyme and rhythm is off. I think the text would have worked better written in prose.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 6-12.

Publisher Info: Carpenters Son Publishing, 2012; ISBN: 9780988940369; Hardcover, $14.95.

Special Info: Read our other reviews of books written by Cindy Starr Stewart. Read our other reviews of books illustrated by Dan Drewes. Visit the author’s website. Visit the illustrator’s website.

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