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  • Posted March 15, 2014

    'In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was n

    'In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was nothing else---no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea---only darkness.' Let There Be Light by the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an engaging book about god creating the world. The beauty of this biblical story comes to life through the vivid images from illustrator Nancy Tillman. This beautiful book takes you through the creation over seven days, in the most enchanting way. The pictures spread light over this magnificent story. Sophia was truly captivated by the colorful pictures.
    Not only that but it’s the perfect book to bring in the home for young children being taught the word of God. Ralph and I really enjoyed this story and is a great book for all ages. It is also a hard cover…For us that was a big plus! Sophia loves to see and hold the books herself. This ensures the book has a “long life” in this house!! I highly recommend this book! Also there is a fun page in the front where you can personalize the book and add a dedication! I love when books have these; I want Sophia to know when she received the book and be able to have keepsakes for her own family one day!

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    God is good and all that He has made is good.  Let me tell you t

    God is good and all that He has made is good.  Let me tell you that this book, Let There Be Light, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Illustrated by Nancy Tillman is certainly good.  The Creation story has been told many times in many ways, but never with such joy, acceptance, and vibrant visuals.
    The story line is obvious; a retelling of the Biblical account of the Creation of the world and all that is in it.  The descriptive words used by Desmond Tutu place us in a new world that is wondrous, dazzling, glorious, and joyous.  I love his word choice when he says, “And on the seventh day, God laughed, and rested, and enjoyed his glorious creation.”  What a wonderful image of a God who is well pleased with His Creation.
    Now don’t get me started on these illustrations.  Each page is a work of art.  Nancy Tillman captures the beauty and newness of the world and its inhabitants.  The images are bright and filled with color and light. Even the animals look like they are smiling.  There is also an overriding theme of diversity of cultures.  I was delighted by this book and honored to read both its words and images.   
    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    Let There Be Light, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and illus

    Let There Be Light, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and illustrated by Nancy Tillman is a creation story with a multicultural twist. The most impressive and appealing aspect of this full color children's book, is that it is illustrated with detailed, full color art on every single page. The quality of the art in this book is comparable to museum quality art, in stark contrast to the quickly drawn, careless cartoon artwork that seems have become the recent standard for many children's books these day. The vibrant art contains unexpected, realistic detail as well as a modern abstract element. Though subtle, the multicultural influence of this book is evident with the focus on African animals in the artwork as well as the multicultural children wearing traditional styled clothing on the final pages.


    As far as the text- the actual story, it is a basic re-telling of the creation account in storybook form. The simple words and creation story are brought to life with vibrant adjectives to capture the attention of a young child. This book is a wonderful introduction to the creation account of the bible for any child. Right when the story is expected to end, the reader will find on the back end page a cryptic, one line message for the child: "You are loved", to reinforce the idea of God's love without actually inserting anything extraneous into the body of the creation account that was not originally included in the seven day bible account. The minimalist description on the back of the book, "you are part of something truly amazing", captures the significance of the creation account that modern society often undermines. These magical touched give the bible account of creation new appeal for young readers in a day and age where fantasy and fairy tales and Disney stories compete for the attention of youth and parents alike. As a blogger for Booksneeze I received a copy of this book published by Zondervan for the purpose of writing this review.

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

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    I read my son stories at bed time almost every night and over th

    I read my son stories at bed time almost every night and over the years I have become adapt at "picking out a winner." For me, the book needs to have a few key elements.
    First of all, it needs to have beautiful artwork or interesting pictures. Let's face it, what good is a bed time book if there's nothing to look at? Second, I don't want a ton of words to read. I am not interested in putting my son to sleep before the end of the story, I am not trying to drone him to sleep with words - so I like a book that is clear, concise and that chooses it's words carefully. And then lastly - it needs to be a good story. 

    My son has a lot of these "so what" books where nothing really happens at all. There might be a laugh or two, but in the end there is no real "a-ha moment" to be had.

    If a kid's book has great art, is to the point and has a story to tell - it's a winner in my opinion. Well, that's exactly what you get with "Let There Be Light" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Much of the story is pulled straight from the first week of creation from the Hebrew scriptures. Readers of the Bible will see familiar words as they tell the story of creation to their little ones.

    ...And the pictures are amazing. The illustrations beautifully capture the Spirit of God "hovering over creation" and breathing everything into life. Nancy Tillman has done some amazing art work in this book. This is surly to become a must-have on your child's reading shelf.

    Thank you to Zondervan and Zonderkidz for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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