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The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments
     

The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments

by Gary D. Schmidt, Dennis Nolan (Illustrator)
 
In all the world that God had created, there were no other creatures like Adam and Eve. They delighted God. In the cool dawn, in the warm noontide, in the twilight dusk, they strolled and played and knew each other. And in all the world that God had created, there was no other garden like Eden, which He had made for Adam and Eve. Plants burst out of its dark earth

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In all the world that God had created, there were no other creatures like Adam and Eve. They delighted God. In the cool dawn, in the warm noontide, in the twilight dusk, they strolled and played and knew each other. And in all the world that God had created, there was no other garden like Eden, which He had made for Adam and Eve. Plants burst out of its dark earth as though to parade their petals and fronds and branches. Animals lumbered and darted and whisked and shuffled through the garden on paths that Adam had cut...

Full of drama and wonder, these retellings of favorite Bible stories will fire a child�s imagination about the people of the Bible and the God who worked in their lives. From Adam and Eve, Moses, Little Samuel, and mighty Samson to Peter, the ten lepers, and the Samaritan woman, these stories explore the very human characters who are transformed by their extraordinary encounters with a mighty God. Dramatic, full-color paintings bring rich visual imagery to each story in this book that the whole family will enjoy and cherish.

Editorial Reviews

CBA Marketplace
"The common thread in Schmidt's retelling of favorite Bible stories is the Lord's blessing. . . . Schmidt often tells Bible stories from the perspectives of secondary characters. For instance, Jesus' crucifixion is told by the centurion. The parting of the Red Sea is told from Pharaoh's perspective. This revisiting of familiar stories through fresh voices is effective, and Schmidt never sacrifices faithfulness to the biblical text in his efforts. The illustrations add to the characters' humanity, reflecting their strengths and frailties. These well-crafted stories will amaze readers and remind them of how God does the spectacular in the context of someone's everyday life."
Publishers Weekly
Schmidt gives a dramatic spin to some classic Bible stories in this engaging collection. Brief retellings range from well-known characters to ancillary players who step into starring roles. These new twists on age-old tales will spark the imagination of younger readers. . . . Nolan's spot illustrations open each story, and several full-page watercolor paintings are interspersed throughout the book, integrating period dress and sweeping landscapes. . . . This compilation will prove a fresh addition to many family libraries.
School Library Journal
Short, creative, insightful, and moving accounts of the observations and reactions of certain individuals found in 25 well-known Old and New Testament stories. . . . The author's analyses of their emotions are vividly convincing. . . . Schmidt's style is smooth, absorbing, and easy to read.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schmidt gives a dramatic spin to some classic Bible stories in this engaging collection. Brief retellings range from well-known characters (Eve wonders if she should taste the fruit offered by the serpent; Noah considers giving up hope of ever finding dry land) to ancillary players who step into starring roles. These new twists on age-old tales will spark the imaginations of younger readers, but they also contain an edgy attitude that may appeal to older kids. Without showing disrespect, Schmidt presents fully realized figures who possess human emotions and faults. Each of the 25 stories ends with a notation referring to specific passages in the Bible. Nolan's spot illustrations open each story, and several full-page watercolor paintings are interspersed throughout the book, integrating period dress and sweeping landscapes. A supplement to the traditional texts, this compilation will prove a fresh addition to many family libraries. Ages 7-up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 UpShort, creative, insightful, and moving accounts of the observations and reactions of certain individuals found in 25 well-known Old and New Testament stories. They include Abraham's servants appalled by Isaac's potential sacrifice, King Darius agonizing over Daniel's struggle with the lions, Elisha bemoaning the loss of Elijah, Peter marveling at the miracle of the full fishing nets, and Ananias dreading his confrontation with Saul. The author's analyses of their emotions are vividly convincing, bringing fuller life to the terse Biblical accounts and engendering readers' sympathy and understanding. Schmidt's style is smooth, absorbing, and easy to read. However, a knowledge of the overall Biblical picture into which these embellished excerpts fit is essential or the impact of the character studies is diminished. Thus, the optimal audience is limited to those who are already familiar with the Bible stories. The collection's best use is as a rich supplement to religious collections for children and adults. Handsome, realistic, full-page watercolors illuminate the majority of the stories.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802837899
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,352,138
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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