Sunday, March 20, 2016

Angels in the Bible Storybook

Angels in the Bible Storybook
Written by: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrated by: Alida Massari
Published by Zonderkidz
Ages: 6-10
Price: $16.99

Angels in the Bible pulls out several places in Scripture where we see angels.  Separated by Old and New Testament occurrences of angels, the author documents 30 stories that give us a good look at the work of angels.

Pros: I think the author's WRITING shows angels accurately from what we know in Scripture of angels.
The illustrations are lovely to look at.
You see angels in both the Old and New Testament, Some in stories that are not usually in story Bibles, like Elijah in 1 Kings 19.

Cons:  The author adds embellishments to the word that I think are in the Creation account adding in phrases such as: "Let's Decorate", "Carpets would be nice too",  and "Let's have some sparkle".
The illustrations portray angels in a way that makes them look girly.  Some of the angels are have mustaches and beards, but with many, it is difficult to determine if they are male or female...the features and hairstyles could go either way.  Also, in most instances, the wings have decorations that are often swirly or look like a flower.  As far as what can be determined by specific passages in Scripture, I have thought them to be male and mighty warriors.  You see some of that portrayed, but that line is blurred.
While most of the introduction is very good, I do disagree on one point...The author says that ALL angels, except one, are good...again, according to what I can see in Scripture, Satan led a rebellion and 1/3 of the angels were cast out of Heaven.

When reading this book to your children, it might be good to encourage discussion about the things in the book.  I do like this book, but I think some care needs to be exercised so that a young child is not confused.

I received this book in exchange for a frank and honest review.  All opinions are my own.  Your results and/or opinions may vary.

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