Thursday, January 07, 2016

Job in Poetry and Pictures

Illustrated by Todd Shaffer
(P&R, 2015), pb., 32 pp.

If you have read this blog for any time you will know that Douglas Bond is one of my family’s favorite authors. I had the opportunity to read the text of this new book a good while back, so I was eager to see the finished product. It did not disappoint.

Bond faithfully retells the story of Job in poetic form. The rhyme and rhythm makes the reading even more enjoyable as well as memorable. My younger children loved it! Then, Shaffer has done a good job capturing the feel of the story in his illustrations. The only character who Is not presented in the appearance of the Ancient Near East is Satan who looks like a mad professor from today!

The book closes with an original hymn by Bond which makes the Christological connection with Job’s expectant hope of a Redeemer. There is also in the back a list of difficult words explained, a quiz, and some questions for thought.

This is a great book for families- fun, educational and enriching. We warmly commend it to you.


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