So before church Sunday, Micah slid off the pew and flopped on the floor. I wasn’t really paying attention, so he did it again. And again. And then the pastor walked by and said,
“Hey. We’re Baptists, not one of those churches. No one gets slain in the spirit here.”
Baptists are such a funny lot. But we are kind of the “frozen chosen.”
It made me think how much we actually look at the Holy Spirit and his role in our faith. I mean, we all know it is there, guiding us, teaching us and strengthening us, but if you don’t speak in tongues, throw yourself to the ground or pass around rattle snakes during service, how much do you really talk about the Spirit? And what do you teach your children?
And am the only one whose mind leaps to rattle snakes if someone talks to much about the spirit’s leading?
That’s why I was kind of excited about receiving The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez for review. As I flipped through the pages, I realized that I have done in depth studies of random words, even looking at how they were used in Hebrew or Greek across passages, but I had never really sat down and just looked up all the places and all the ways the Holy Spirit moved.
I have been reading my boys (7 and 4) a story every night at bedtime and we are enjoying looking at familiar stories with the different perspective encouraged by seeking out the action of the Spirit rather than the men he moves before and through. It even has a few morsels I find rare for a children’s Bible — passages that give an adult pause to reflect, even if none of the stories are new to you.
“The Spirit that had hovered over the waters at creation came again. The Spirit that dried out the land after the Great Flood now blew a wind across the Red Sea. The Spirit who saved Noah, would save God’s people.”
From the beginning to the end, the Spirit is there helping us all to further God’s kingdom.
Like most children’s Bibles, some things are left out for brevity’s sake and details are added for the story’s sake, but I have not yet found anything which conradicts the central theme of Scripture or was so far off that I felt I needed to grab a Bible and correct it for my children. I especially like the illustrations of the ark. It comes across as a teeny tiny tugboat sized vessel whose measure is dwarfed by the sea, but when it comes to rest on land, the size is impressive alongside the animals filing out.
When I asked my boys for their input for this review, however, they were not at all interested in sharing their thoughts. They just begged for me to read one more story from it.
If you are interested in more information, you can view a sampler on the website!
Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.