Fitzgerald and Schuon compile verses from the King James Bible into three sections: the birth, childhood, and teachings of Jesus. The book is attractively illustrated with prints of Schuon’s paintings, which pay homage to early European Renaissance artists in their muted blues, golds, and reds; well-known European Renaissance artists such as Fra Angelico plus a few pieces from Asia and the Mediterranean also appear. Synonyms for unfamiliar words or usages are inserted parenthetically in the text. An attractive resource for older children. Ages 8–up. (Publishers Weekly
In their new book, A King James Christmas, artist and translator Catherine Schuon and award-winning author and editor Michael Fitzgerald have collaborated as coeditors to present an exquisite, very traditional holiday volume suitable for the entire Christian family. Using relevant selections from the King James Bible, they have arranged their chosen verses into three separate sections, one each about the birth, the childhood, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Every section is abundantly and superbly illustrated.Fitzgerald and Schuon’s thoughtful individual contributions to A King James Christmas blend harmoniously to make this truly a book to be shared. Theirs is a distinctive and appealing telling of the traditional story of the first Christmas, and it deserves to become a family holiday tradition in its own right.” (ForeWord Reviews
Biblical selections from the King James version of the Christian Bible are taken from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew and arranged for reading aloud during the Christmas season. (Kirkus Reviews
This collection of biblical passages and beautiful pieces of art will likely become the foundation for a new Christmas tradition in many Christian homes. (Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review
A treasury for parents to share with children ages 8 and up, A King James Christmas: Biblical Selections with Illustrations from Around the World pairs passages from the King James Bible about the birth, childhood, and teachings of Jesus Christ with striking color reproductions of paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass windows around the world. Illustrations grace practically every page, while the biblical passages are in an easy-to-read enlarged font. The biblical passages themselves are unedited, although glossary synonyms for some unfamiliar words are conveniently offered. The result is a wonderful, read-aloud way for Christian parents to share the true meaning of the Christmas holiday with their children. Highly recommended. (Children’s Bookwatch
About the Author
Catherine SchuonCatherineSchuon was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1924 and is a gifted artist andtranslator, fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian; nine ofher paintings are included in this collection. She has collected children’sbooks her entire life and is dedicated to helping children appreciate thebeauty of the world’s religions, which inspired her to co-edit A King JamesChristmas.As thedaughter of a career Swiss diplomat she spent her youth in Europe, NorthAfrica, and South America, during which time she excelled at languages andpainting. In May 1949, she married author Frithjof Schuon and began translatinghis correspondence into English and Spanish. Catherine later edited a volume onart from her husband’s writings titled Art from the Sacred to the Profane:East and West. In 1980, the Schuon’s moved from Lake Geneva to southernIndiana, where Catherine still lives to this day.
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Michael Fitzgerald is the author and editor of over a dozen books that have received more than two dozen awards, including the prestigious ForeWord Book of the Year Award, the Ben Franklin Award, and the USA Best Books Award. Fitzgerald’s award-winning books include Christian Spirit, Foundations of Christian Art by Titus Burckhardt, and Sermon of All Creation: Christians on Nature. His books have been published in six different languages and at least ten of his books and two documentary films produced by him are used in university classes. Michael and his wife, award-winning editor Judith Fitzgerald, live outside Bloomington, Indiana and spend their time surrounded by their children and grandchildren, who are at the root of their desire to produce quality books for children and young adults.