Why is it that we can read the Bible and sometimes the words, God's Words, just go in and then right out of our heads? I'm ashamed to say it, but it's true. I love to read my Bible but there are times that I just see words. I'm either too hurried or distracted to see the beauty and love behind what God is actually saying to me-- and to listen. And yet when these same Words are written on a blog, in a letter or some other non-Bible place, it really makes me pause and take notice! Such is the case with Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm, illustrated by Johannah Bluedorn.
In this book, the very talented Johannah Bluedorn (interviewed in the current Winter Edition of TOS) illustrates the true beauty of The 103rd Psalm (KJV) in lovingly detailed pictures. Some of her drawings remind me of the My First Little House books that I used to read with my boys. There is an innocence to Johannah's illustrations that kinda makes you *sigh*...but in a good way! The rich colors throughout the book make you just want to climb right in and make yourself at home!
I think that this is a great book to sit and read with your children. Start your day out with it over breakfast or cuddle up with it at night before bed. They will enjoy getting lost in the world that Johannah has created. My oldest son really enjoyed finding some of the "hidden treasures" in the pictures. He even noticed a couple things that I missed in my first three times through the book (hint: look in the trees)! Teeeheehe...does it bother you that you may not have a copy of this book in front of you to figure out what I'm talking about?! If so, then get it now!
Another thing I really like about this book is the song at the end. Harvey Bluedorn wrote music so we can have a tune to Psalm 103-- how's that for talent in a single family?! We all know that it is much easier to memorize scripture when it is set to a tune! And with verse numbers notated in the score, you can easily pick out what verse of Psalm 103 you're singing.
I can't wait to read Miss Bluedorn's other books! I have a feeling that I will be starting quite the collection.