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The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments [Hardcover]

By Gary D. Schmidt (Author) & Dennis Nolan (Illustrator)
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Retells twenty-five Bible stories, exploring the point of view of the characters in each story.

From Publishers Weekly
Schmidt gives a dramatic spin to some classic Bible stories in this engaging collection. Brief retellings range from well-known characters (Eve wonders if she should taste the fruit offered by the serpent; Noah considers giving up hope of ever finding dry land) to ancillary players who step into starring roles. These new twists on age-old tales will spark the imaginations of younger readers, but they also contain an edgy attitude that may appeal to older kids. Without showing disrespect, Schmidt presents fully realized figures who possess human emotions and faults. Each of the 25 stories ends with a notation referring to specific passages in the Bible. Nolan's spot illustrations open each story, and several full-page watercolor paintings are interspersed throughout the book, integrating period dress and sweeping landscapes. A supplement to the traditional texts, this compilation will prove a fresh addition to many family libraries. Ages 7-up. (Aug.)

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments by Gary D. Schmidt & Dennis Nolan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/25/1997 page 66
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/1997 page 154
  • Booklist - 11/01/1997 page 469
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 96

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.26" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802837891  
ISBN13  9780802837899  

Availability  0 units.

More About Gary D. Schmidt & Dennis Nolan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary D. Schmidt s most recent novel, The Wednesday Wars, has been garnering excellent reviews. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy won both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. His other novels for Clarion are Straw into Gold and Anson s Way. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and lives on a farm in Alto. He and his wife have six children.

Gary D. Schmidt currently resides in Alto, in the state of Michigan. Gary D. Schmidt has an academic affiliation as follows - Calvin College.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Bible > Stories
3Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference

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Stunning achievment  Oct 25, 2004
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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