The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible: Over 40 Stories of God’s Power and Presence by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez ~ Review

My Review:

This Bible storybook is illustrated with modernly whimsical incarnations of the Biblical characters, and contains 45 stories from the Old and New Testament.

Written in a way that comes across as a paraphrase at times, with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit. Other times I felt like liberties were taken with specifically saying that it was the Holy Spirit, when the actual Biblical text on which the story was based did not say, and so the Spirit's part is inferred as part of God collectively as the Trinity, so there were times when it felt odd to me to single out the Spirit.

For the most part they did a good job of selecting a mixture of stories from when the Spirit of God moved people and filled them for His glory, some of them were well known, while others were not the typical Sunday School lesson. I liked the stories about people like Bezalel, who built the ark of the covenant, but the stoning of Zechariah was an interesting choice. But creatively I'm not sure how I feel about how the Spirit was illustrated as a visible cloud.

Overall, this was a nice storybook style book, and I liked how it told stories that were different from the normal. But I did feel like sometimes it was a stretch to write a whole story based off of one verse, and going off of inferences. In the end I have mixed feelings about this one, because there was so much to like, but also a few things that just struck me as slightly off.

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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 foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

Author Information: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.

Illustrator Bio:  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.

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