Introducing The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible
The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help young 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 all those who believe that God is who He says He is and receive His free gift of grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
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. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.
Here’s a selection of some of the beautiful illustrations that are featured in this Bible story book.
About the Author and Illustrator
Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.
Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.
To Learn More About the Book
To read more about this fun way to teach child about the amazing power and presence of God’s Spirit and to view a sample, visit http://www.zondervan.com/p/spirit-of-god-illustrated-bible/.
Here’s What I Think
I love the illustrations. I love the inclusion of some lesser-known stories that do not appear in many children’s Bible versions. For example, how many times have you seen/heard Bezalel, Amasai, Azariah, and Jahaziel mentioned in children’s Bible stories? Not many, right?
I love the introduction to the Old Testament: “God’s Spirit is living among God’s people. He always was, always is, and always will be. These are the stories that tell about Him and what He does.”
What I don’t love is the introduction to the New Testament: “…One day the Spirit would come and stay with God’s people forever. He would fill everyone, not just a few, with His power. And the Spirit would live in human hearts forever.”
Maybe I’m nitpicking, but the Spirit does not fill everyone with His power. The Spirit fills only those who belong to God with His power – those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord and who seek to follow Him in obedience day by day.
This is easily addressed and corrected as you’re reading, though… and this whole idea of “the Spirit is for everyone” doesn’t make a major appearance throughout the book, making the book theologically unsound. In fact, for the most part, the idea of the Spirit being for “God’s people” is emphasized, although the term “God’s people” is not very clearly defined.
Who This Book Is For
My children are now seven and nine, and the stories were able to hold their attention fairly well. I imagine this would not be the case if your child was much younger than that – like, two or three – although I’m sure they would enjoy the pictures.
With some parental guidance and some theological correction, this book makes an excellent learning tool for showing how God’s Spirit moves and works in the lives of those who belong to Him.
An Offer for You
Zonderkidz and FlyBy Promotions, the publishers and promoters of this book, have very generously allowed me to host a giveaway for one copy of this beautiful Bible story collection.
To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me who you would love to share these pictures with and read these stories to – whether your children, grandchildren, or Sunday School class.
I’ll select one winner at random from all of those who leave a comment by 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2018.
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.