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The Brick Bible: The New Testament: A New Spin on the Story of Jesus 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1620871720
ISBN-10: 1620871726
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"A spectacular twenty-first-century Biblical art masterpiece." -Rev. Wanda Lundy, Professor of Ministry Studies New York Theological Seminary

"Smith brings back his superb storytelling and photographic skills in a much grander way with this second volume...Imaginative, accurate, and simply amazing...This is a book that will get you talking about the Bible, asking questions, and get you involved in wanting to know more." -The Chicago Tribune

"the perfect gift" - The Onion AV Club

About the Author

Brendan Powell Smith is the author of Noah's Ark: The Brick Bible for Kids, The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids and books for older readers, including The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament. He has produced over 5,000 illustrations retelling over 400 stories from the Bible. Visit his website at thebrickbible.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620871726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620871720
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We checked this book out from the library because our kids like Legos and we believe in the Bible. A quick flip through looking at the first few pages and everything looks okay. However, the farther in you get, the more misleading and vile this book's interpretation of God's Word is. This is NOT endorsed by Lego and this is NOT written or put together by a Christian (author is rumored to be an atheist and there seems to be no evidence online one way or the other).

There is fake blood in the form of using small, clear red bricks piled near/on Lego body parts, but in other places there is red paint/clay put on the Legos in splatter/scratch-like marks that is more disturbing. This is not nearly as disturbing as the author's "interpretation" of certain scriptures. For example, when Jesus visited Nazareth the first time, he preached in the Synagogue, reading from the book of Isaiah,"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me..." and the people were angered and led him out of the city with the intention to throw him off a cliff. "But he passing through the midst of them went on his way" {Luke 4}. The second time Jesus visited Nazareth it is reported He "could do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled at their unbelief. {Mark 6:5-6}" Some translations say that, "Jesus could do no miracles there because of their unbelief." Also, in Luke 14, Jesus is having a meal at a Pharisees home and they are having a heated discussion of what it means to be a follower of Christ. Jesus explains that it is costly to become a disciple and one must consider Jesus to be more worthy than all other relationships and endeavors in this life.
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"A new spin on the story of Jesus" at least the subtitle is accurate... This is a disappointing misrepresentation of accounts documented in the New Testament. The quality of the manufacturing is good and the photos have great resolution, I just wish the content was accurate. The author took great time and effort to construct the scenes and place the minifigures but failed to take the same amount of effort when conveying the information from the original text into this "new spin on the story of Jesus". This is not a book I feel comfortable allowing my kids to read on their own because it distorts the truths presented in the original historical documents and some of the pictures are more graphic than they should be for a children's book. Granted there are some pretty dark events depicted in the original text but having them "acted out" by minifigures isn't appropriate for a children's book.
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When a person decides to illustrate the Bible, they are met with a choice: To illustrate it for children (with literal interpretations tossed aside, blood, sex, and violence removed), or to illustrate it as it reads. It's a tough decision, obviously. Most adults are probably not interested in an illustrated holy text. But children? Children eat that stuff up.

Especially when Legos are involved.

But The Brick Bible is not a children's Bible. And I can not stress that enough. Does that mean that it's not appropriate for children? Well...let me ask you...is the New King James Version appropriate for children?

Personally, I think The Brick Bible is an excellent way to introduce children to the beliefs held by Christians and Jews, where it is necessary for children to have an understanding of the beliefs of the people around them. For instance, we live in a heavily religious section of the United States. My oldest son is made to sing songs about God and Heaven in public school. No one in this area even thinks twice about such a thing as being inappropriate or against the law. So, when other kids at school try to convince my son that there's really an invisible devil that actively tries to get my son to make bad choices, I think it's important that my son have a basic framework for analyzing these claims, and understanding from where they originate.

And, for me, that's the practical empowerment of The Brick Bible.

But put all of that aside, and you'll find that The Brick Bible is also an incredibly creative endeavor, where the author expertly crafts scenes that work well at telling a story.
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WARNING: A mockery of the Bible, and was not created to be accurate at all. Read more of the reviews, especially the ones who left a 1 star.

Not the Bible in context AT ALL. None of the stories were told accurately according to the original Bible. While reading the book, you will see that the author intentionally skewed the stories and the characters. Including whom Jesus is.

I was tremendously disappointed by this production. I thought it was even praise worthy at first, until I opened the book to the FIRST PAGE. God was immediately depicted as an angry old man. He even held a knife a few pages in (WHERE WAS THIS EVER MENTIONED in the Bible?)

Almost the entire book is graphic, filled with stories taken out of context and with characters fighting/slaughtering each other.

This production (along with his other books) are a direct attack on the Bible and the Christian faith. There is nothing more to say about this, but really, it's time for this author to move on to bigger things in his life.

The target audience that the author wants to captivate (and mislead) are children and adults who don't know the Bible, Christ, and God the Father. Please be aware of this.
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