Oh My Beautifulness! I am Ruth: A Story of Loss, Love, & Redemption with text by Brenda Duff and photography by Kenneth Berg is so visually appealing that I couldn’t stop flipping through it! It is organized into four chapters about Faith, Loyalty, Grace, and Restoration. The history in this book could very well be used in the secular educational sector as a text full of historic events and geographical details as well as the Christian education sector to enhance biblical integration. The pictures are so vivid and detailed with captions that compare and contrast modern times to biblical times. The book can be used with older students/ children as they read through the complex text and references listed. While with the younger ones you can share as they see the pictures throughout and hear the stories told. Aside from those two age groups, I enjoyed the book myself. This partnership turned out to be a huge success as Berg Productions created this picture book and had Brenda Duff’s research and writings come later. The biblical story itself is so full of hope and inspiration but oh what a difference to have Dugg’s elaborate writings about tradition, history, and symbolism alongside Berg’s photographs. I am a proud owner of this one!
This book is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.
Purchase: I Am Ruth
By Tracy Sands
If you are looking for a good resource for helping you guide your child or class through the alphabet with faith, hope, and love, you got it! Tracy Sands has used her expertise as an Art Education major to create this “meaty” text with plenty of options to teach. She uses the text to teach the gospel but anyone teaching a child can incorporate the scriptures, alphabet, art, symbols, and prayers into a wonderful lesson. The table of contents is in alphabetical order with each letter representing a word from A-Always to Z-Zion! “Love the Dove” guides you through the text on each section where you will find a definition to each letter/word, a scripture, and a guided prayer. Sands did a good job incorporating art into the words representing each letter but I did find it a bit antiquated for the artwork integrated into the books today’s time. That obviously is just my personal preference being that I enjoy more modern looking artwork. She also explains on the opposite page of each lesson and prayer page the reason behind her art and the symbols she used, labeling the art work with key words that you can look up in the back of the book for explanations. As I read through the symbology section in the back I learned quite a few things myself. I am sure this will minister to a child of God of any age 2-92!
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The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash for a fair review.