Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book Review: Love Letters from God

Stinker loves getting mail, just like any other kid. She's been having fun being a pen pal to her friend who lives across the country, so she's always excited to check the mail to see if anything came for her.

Love Letters from God Bible Stories is a new children's book written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp. It presents a handful of favorite Bible stories, each story accompanied by a verse, some wonderful illustrations, and a lift the flap envelope that is written as a love letter to the child from God. I love the layout of the book and the illustrations, and Stinker was duly impressed with each "letter from God." There is even a letter at the very end for your child to write a letter to God.

The only con to the book was the creative liberty some of the stories took. I understand that it is a Children's book, and the stories have to be appealing to kids, but it's still the Bible, and I don't like anything added or taken away. In the story of Adam and Eve, Satan is presented as a snake instead of a serpent, and Eve eats an apple, instead of the fruit, as is said in the Bible. (Many of us grew up with those misnomers, so it's not a huge deal, just something that bugged me.) However, in the story of the Loaves and Fishes, the boy with the food is named "Nathan". Nowhere in the Bible does it mention the boy's name, and I'm not sure I'm comfortable adding things just for the sake of entertainment.

That said, I still enjoyed the book, and I love the concept of the "love letters" from God. I only wish the creative license had been toned down.

*I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan Publishing and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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