Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Blog Tour

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.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible, written by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez, presents over 40 Bible stories from the old and new testaments that show how God’s Spirit has been with his people from the beginning of time. Keep reading to learn more about this new release from ZonderKidz!

You can also enter to win a copy of The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible and other awesome kids' releases in a giveaway hosted by Read with Audra. Details below!

About the book:

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. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foul, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

Go here to see a sample of several pages, including text and artwork.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I 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 review:

This story Bible concentrates on the work of God's Spirit. Rikkers retells stories for young children, ages four and up. She paraphrases the Scripture text but the Bible reference is given so parents can check out the actual passage in the Bible. Some of the stories surprised me because there is no mention of the Spirit in the Bible text. It makes sense, however, that God would do the work through His Spirit.

The illustrations are different, modern in style rather than realistic. I'm old fashioned and the illustrations don't appeal to be but children may like them.

This would be a good story Bible for children who have shown interest in the Spirit, perhaps wondering how He works, what He does, etc.

About the author and illustrator:

Doris Wynbeek 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 Juarea illustrates children's books and also works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produced 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.

Zonderkids, 312 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this Bible through Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Read With Audra.

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