Item description for The Blessing of the Lord: Stories from the Old and New Testaments by Gary D. Schmidt & Dennis Nolan...
Overview 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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Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.26" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.63" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
Publisher Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0802837891 ISBN13 9780802837899
Availability 0 units.
More About Gary D. Schmidt & Dennis Nolan
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Blessing Of The Lord?
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.