- Series: Sacred Art Series
- Imitation Leather: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomfield Books; 1st edition (December 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990732525
- ISBN-13: 978-0990732525
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sacred Art Series - The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John Imitation Leather – Large Print, December 1, 2014
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A Bible you'll want to read. A Bible your kids can read.
Too often, Bibles intimidate readers with their many thin pages, small text, and lengthy footnotes. The Sacred Art Series has removed these obstacles with a unique format that will delight readers both young and old.
Features. Easy-to-read, story-by-story format of the complete text of the Gospels of Luke and John in large print alongside beautiful images of sacred art. More than 100 full-color images of sacred art bring the text alive and aid in comprehension and prayerful meditation. The art comes from some of the greatest artists of Christendom, including Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Titian, and Raphael. The book is also gorgeously bound with a black leatherette cover, gold embossed lettering, gilt pages, a durable sewn binding, and a ribbon.
Exquisite Gift. The Holy Gospels makes an exquisite gift for both children and adults. And it's perfect for First Communion or Confirmation.
Intended Audience. The Holy Gospels is intended for ages 7 and up. Because of its accessible format, now your kids can easily develop a daily habit of reading the scriptures. Adults will also love the large print and beautiful images.
Translation. The translation is based on the Challoner Revision of the Douay-Rheims--an excellent Catholic translation--with minor updates to ease readability by removing most thee's, thy's, thou's, and -eth endings.
Money-back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, easily return through Amazon for a full refund. We are confident that you'll agree that the Sacred Art Series is now the most beautiful and easiest way to read the Gospels.
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The most impressive feat, however, is the editing. Even if the book wasn't so well made it would be well worth the price just for the content. I never understood how the format of a standard bible hindered reading until I read this book. The text is straightforward and accurate to the original, but without the archaic spellings. The font is large and clear. The removal of the verse numbers and footnotes helps me concentrate on the story in a way that I have never been able to before. Each gospel is broken up into episodes, with clear titles and subtitles marking the chapter and verse, e.g., The Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3: 21-22) and The Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:1-18). Other than typographical marks such as commas, periods, and quotation marks, there are no other markings on the text. At first, you may think this austerity is unnecessary, but you will soon find yourself lost in the story, rather than the "text". I think this is the way it should be.
The choice of artwork is phenomenal. I liked to think that I appreciated sacred art, but I see now that I really did not. With the artwork side by side with the sacred accounts I can now see the true beauty of the artwork and understand what the artist was trying to convey. This will greatly help my prayer life. As I meditate on the life of Christ, I can now recall these great masterpieces of sacred art.
My only complaint is that the book lacks page numbers. This is perhaps a small concern because you can mark your place with the ribbon and use the episode headings or artwork for reference. The choice of only including the Gospel's of John and Luke, which may seem peculiar at first, is, I believe, a good decision. The book is not a reference bible, so a comparison of the other books of the New Testament is not its intent. Yet, the inclusion of one synoptic gospel (Luke's) and John's Gospel gives a thorough account of Jesus's life that helps you to focus on it. Plus, this makes the book easy to carry and handle, especially for smaller hands. (I took the book to a doctor's office and it didn't feel like I was going to a bible study.)
Of course, I have written this review from my perspective. The truly great thing about this book is that it really does appeal to younger readers. My seven-year-old daughter picked this book up to pass the time while she had to wait on the couch (I won't tell you why). To our delight, she eagerly read many pages and has asked to read it on her own on other occasions. She's reading Sacred Scripture! This is not the limited re-telling of a children's bible. There is no way she would have done that with a standard bible.
I am very pleased with this book. I plan to buy it as a gift for my god-children and younger family members, as well as older friends and family who may need a fresh re-introduction to the greatest story ever told! I hope the publisher releases more books of the bible done this way.
While I am far from 7-17 years of age, and well beyond
the easy reader stage... the size, the format, the visual
richness... lends this Series to Sustained Lectio Divina
that is an extended period of time focused on particular
book(s) of the Bible. In this case, the Gospels of Luke and of John.
It is an unhurried text... I don't know that its possible to speed
through it. I'm hoping the Sacred Art Series will continue with
other selections from Scripture. And I encourage you to consider
the "slow way" through Luke and John.