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The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament [Paperback]

by Brendan Powell Smith
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 1, 2011 1616084219 978-1616084219 1
"The Good Book" meets "The Brick"
Brendan Powell Smith has spent the last decade creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible--with Legos. His wonderfully original sets are featured on his website thebricktestament.com, but for the first time 1,400 photographs of these creative designs--depicting the Old Testament from Earth's creation to the Books of Kings--are brought together in book format. The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smith's masterful work is a far cry from what a small child might build. The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the devout to nonbelievers, will find something breathtaking, fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. Smith's subtle touch brings out the nuances of each scene and makes you reconsider the way you look at Legos--it's something that needs to be seen to be believed.
1,400 full-color photographs

(This product is not sponsored, authorized, or endorsed by the LEGO company.)

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Editorial Reviews

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"A curiously powerful graphic novel." (Publisher's Weekly, starred review)

Even if you aren’t overly religious, it’s hard not to appreciate the craftsmanship and art that is inside these pages. From the pew warmer to the geek dad, this book is the perfect gift.” (Wired.com)

“What Brendan Powell Smith has done with LEGOs goes beyond remarkable; it borders on genius.” (The Chicago Tribune)

“Entertaining.” (Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Brendan Powell Smith is an artist known for his divine use of LEGO bricks. In this medium, he has produced nearly 5,000 illustrations, retelling more than 400 stories from the bible. His website, bricktestament.com, has received accolades worldwide. Smith is the author of three other books: The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of GenesisThe Brick Testament: The Story of Christmas, and The Brick Testament: The Ten Commandments. He lives in Mountain View, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616084219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616084219
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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412 of 417 people found the following review helpful
By Jami
Format:Paperback
Most childrens bibles gloss over 90% of the material and only show you adam&Eve, Noah's Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Joshua, David & Goliath, nativity scene.

This book shows you many of the missing scenes from the bible that most people wouldn't be exposed to!
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336 of 342 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-cap of the best parts of the old testament November 22, 2013
By kdavej
Format:Paperback
Love this book - probably not the best for children but hey, neither is the Bible (ESPECIALLY the old testament). There's a lot of good, old fashioned christian hypocrisy going on in these reviews. I challenge you, read the book, compare it to the bible and show the world where it gets it wrong.
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313 of 322 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Very accurate. November 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
Fantastically accurate and a perfect representation of the bibles message. I great holiday gift for every age. Five stars easy.
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257 of 264 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heathens Ahoy!!!! You'll Love This One! November 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
Our son is way into Legos, and this book was great! It's also a fantastic coffee table book and gives all my atheist friends a laugh. It highlights the best parts of the bible! Of course, that's the human sacrifice, incest, genital mutilation and what have you. It's perfect for all you heathens and heathenesses. Buy for your kids and you can have a laugh too. Don't be put off by the reviews, it's a bunch of religious people giving it one star for just the reasons I gave above. Yep, it's true to the Old Testament, in all the right ways. Love it!
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262 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the bible to life... November 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
I love the way you really bring the bible to life. This should be available to everyone everywhere to learn the true teachings of god
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261 of 270 people found the following review helpful
By T. S.
Format:Paperback
You'll notice the book tends to divide people strongly. Most reviews are either five stars or one.

In the former case the reviews appear to come from open minded individuals who are able to understand that the Bible itself is not all popcorn and unicorns. The Author does depict some of the more troubling passages from the Bible but they are _from the Bible_ which is a challenging book.

In the latter case the reviews mostly come from people reviewing the website which depicts nearly the entire bible, good and bad, and not reviews of the book itself. Even when they are of the book it's clear the reviewers are either unfamiliar with the Bible itself or those who white-wash the disturbing parts.

The illustrations in this book are fun and engaging. The thought and time that goes into the dioramas is inspiring. I highly recommend this book for adults who are not narrow minded and parents who are able to talk about reality with their children.
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180 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn bible stories for kids! October 29, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my son who is 11 and loves Legos. This book has pictures where everything is made of Legos. He loves it and is very interested in the stories. His friends have seen it and I have had parents asking where I got it so they could buy it.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! November 22, 2013
By Jack R
Format:Paperback
A must have for anyone who is familiar with the bible and also has a sense of humor.

Be alert, it's just not for kids. It's for people that can appreciate the satire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this book!!
I have a friend who reads this to his children before bed, and I thought what a great idea!! I looked it up and was planning on buying it, until I read several of these reviews. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Riley Shay
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book!!!
This book is not biblical at all.
I was really looking forward to a lego book on the bible.
Great idea but not biblical.
Published 21 days ago by SVG
1.0 out of 5 stars Any self respecting Christian should stay away and advocate against...
I got this as a gift from an unsuspecting Christian gal for my kids. It didn't take me long to realize what it was.... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Saturngemm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting
This is a fun way to read the 'Bible' and to get the gist of it. It is very well done.
Published 1 month ago by Duncan W
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate
Accurate and to the point. Doesn't cut corners about what really happened. I love the details in the pain and suffering in the old T. Very good!
Published 2 months ago by Eduardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kids AND Adults.
i am a christian and have been going to church yadayadayada......... but i mean, just because we (as adults) can sit through a teaching from the bible does not mean the kids can,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by andrew whittaker
1.0 out of 5 stars Not For Children
Lego's tend to draw kids in, but a word of caution. This is a graphic book not appropriate for kids. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Ringleb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Boy's Bible!
I bought this as a gift for a friend's son and he LOVED it! He's a huge lego lover. Read it cover to cover!
Published 2 months ago by Gracelin
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT BUY THIS! - NOT FOR CHILDREN
Yes, the Bible talks about circumcisions and be-headings, but this book shows GRAPHIC images of legos circumcising himself, etc! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brett McPherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern way, huh
my child loves that book. I find it interesting too. Bright pics and easy essays , still keeping true concept. I would rate it 10 starts! Try it!!
Published 3 months ago by Staphysagria
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