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The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments Hardcover – August 31, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (August 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802837891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802837899
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up. Short, 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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Gary D. Schmidt is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. His most recent novel is The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathy F. Cannata on October 24, 2004
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In principle I am oppose dot a book like this. It takes some of teh key Old Testament stories and imaginatively looks at them from a different angle. The last thing a small child needs is to be confused about what the inspired Word reports. So this book needs to be read to kids with care. Make sure they know this is fiction not Scripture.

BUT it is often breathtaking in its narrative power. Schmidt will look at David and Goliath's fateful day from the perspective of a fictional shield-bearer for the giant. The bearer is resentful of the borish Goliath and then terrified by David... and David's God. The scene ends with him hiding behind a rock in the rain, weeping.

This is about the most engrossing children's Bible story book I have ever seen. The illustrations are as interesting as the stories.
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