Monday, September 10, 2018

Bible Sticks by Ron Vance

Some of might think we don't have any skills with which to honor God. Vance's story shows that God might surprise us. It started with carving a walking stick at a church camp. He tried more with a variety of designs. When asked what he would do with them, he decided to carve ones with purpose. He created one representing the twelve apostles and then one describing creation. A stick of the ten commandments followed, then one on the armor of God and another on the fruit of the Spirit and then many more.

The book contains wonderful illustrations of the sticks and explanations of their content. The detail on the sticks is amazing. There is even an illustration in the book of a chain carved from a dowel and instructions on how to do it. Vance's attention to detail means it takes from months to over a year to carve each stick. He progressed to hinges and then spirals of wood that fit together. He uses only an X-ACTO® knife, wood burning tools and stains.

Vance does not know what the future holds but he does know that if he continues to do his best for Him, he will be blessed beyond what he could ever imagine. His is an inspiring story.

You can read about each of the sticks Vance has completed and see images of them here.

You can read an excerpt here.

You can watch a photo journalism report on Bible Sticks here.

You can buy the book here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Ron Vance has felt the call to ministry most of his life. He has had three ministries in two states, Ohio and Kentucky. He has ministered with the Western Hills Church of Christ in Cincinnati since 1987. He has been in associate positions in all his ministries, focused on youth and education. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with two degrees. He also carves wood.

WestBow Press, 60 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Authors Large and Small. My comments are an independent and honest review.

No comments: