Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Books We Wish Were In Print: The Creation Story

The text of The Creation Story is taken entirely from the New Living Translation Bible with illustrations provided by Norman Messenger. Simple in concept and rich in execution, each of the major divisions of the days of creation are illustrated with sumptuous, 8 1/2" x 11" illustrations.

I'm so thankful that I was able to purchase this title when ChristianBook.com was clearing out their stock. I can't believe it's no longer in print!

What I Like: The illustrations are absolutely astounding! I've never read a creation account with such detailed pictures. God's majesty and power are clear when He creates the basic features of the Earth. The complexity of God's creation is emphasized through the large selection of species and types presented as He creates plant and animal life. I could not name all of the mammals, fish, birds, fruits and seed-bearing plants that were included in the illustrations, many uncommon. Adam and Eve are presented nude which is biblically accurate, while being modestly veiled by landscaping features.

What I Dislike: While I appreciate the concept of using scripture alone to accompany the illustrations, the New Living Translation is not a Bible our family uses. We would have preferred King James Version text.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: The publisher recommends ages 4 - 8, but I think it is excellent for all ages. After all, it is one of my own favourites as an adult.

Publishing Info: Tyndale Kids, 2001; ISBN: 0842331980; hardback

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