A King James Christmas: Biblical Selections with Illustrations from Around the World Hardcover – Oct 16 2012
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Fitzgerald and Schuon compile verses from the King James Bible into three sections: the birth, childhood, and teachings of Jesus. The book is attractively illustrated with prints of Schuon’s paintings, which pay homage to early European Renaissance artists in their muted blues, golds, and reds; well-known European Renaissance artists such as Fra Angelico plus a few pieces from Asia and the Mediterranean also appear. Synonyms for unfamiliar words or usages are inserted parenthetically in the text. An attractive resource for older children. Ages 8–up. (Publishers Weekly)
In their new book, A King James Christmas, artist and translator Catherine Schuon and award-winning author and editor Michael Fitzgerald have collaborated as coeditors to present an exquisite, very traditional holiday volume suitable for the entire Christian family. Using relevant selections from the King James Bible, they have arranged their chosen verses into three separate sections, one each about the birth, the childhood, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Every section is abundantly and superbly illustrated.
Fitzgerald and Schuon’s thoughtful individual contributions to A King James Christmas blend harmoniously to make this truly a book to be shared. Theirs is a distinctive and appealing telling of the traditional story of the first Christmas, and it deserves to become a family holiday tradition in its own right.” (Foreword Reviews)
Biblical selections from the King James version of the Christian Bible are taken from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew and arranged for reading aloud during the Christmas season. (Kirkus Reviews)
This collection of biblical passages and beautiful pieces of art will likely become the foundation for a new Christmas tradition in many Christian homes. (Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review)
A treasury for parents to share with children ages 8 and up, A King James Christmas: Biblical Selections with Illustrations from Around the World pairs passages from the King James Bible about the birth, childhood, and teachings of Jesus Christ with striking color reproductions of paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass windows around the world. Illustrations grace practically every page, while the biblical passages are in an easy-to-read enlarged font. The biblical passages themselves are unedited, although glossary synonyms for some unfamiliar words are conveniently offered. The result is a wonderful, read-aloud way for Christian parents to share the true meaning of the Christmas holiday with their children. Highly recommended. (Children's Bookwatch)
About the Author
Catherine SchuonCatherineSchuon was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1924 and is a gifted artist andtranslator, fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian; nine ofher paintings are included in this collection. She has collected children’sbooks her entire life and is dedicated to helping children appreciate thebeauty of the world’s religions, which inspired her to co-edit A King JamesChristmas.
As thedaughter of a career Swiss diplomat she spent her youth in Europe, NorthAfrica, and South America, during which time she excelled at languages andpainting. In May 1949, she married author Frithjof Schuon and began translatinghis correspondence into English and Spanish. Catherine later edited a volume onart from her husband’s writings titled Art from the Sacred to the Profane:East and West. In 1980, the Schuon’s moved from Lake Geneva to southernIndiana, where Catherine still lives to this day.
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Michael Fitzgerald is the author and editor of over a dozen books that have received more than two dozen awards, including the prestigious ForeWord Book of the Year Award, the Ben Franklin Award, and the USA Best Books Award. Fitzgerald’s award-winning books include Christian Spirit, Foundations of Christian Art by Titus Burckhardt, and Sermon of All Creation: Christians on Nature. His books have been published in six different languages and at least ten of his books and two documentary films produced by him are used in university classes. Michael and his wife, award-winning editor Judith Fitzgerald, live outside Bloomington, Indiana and spend their time surrounded by their children and grandchildren, who are at the root of their desire to produce quality books for children and young adults.
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Beautifully crafted and presented, A King James Christmas is sure to become a new Christmas classic for the entire family. Excerpts from the Gospels are woven together to form a seamless and easy-to-follow story of Jesus' birth and infancy, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, the adoration of the Magi, the presentation of Jesus in the temple, and the flight into Egypt. Also included is the inspiring Sermon on the Mount. Fully illustrated with reproductions of paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass windows from across the globe, A King James Christmas is a feast for the eye and a remarkable celebration of the spirit of Christmas.
Catherine Schuon was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1924 and is a gifted artist and translator. She has collected children's books her entire life and is dedicated to helping children appreciate the beauty of the world's religions, which has inspired her to co-edit this book. As the daughter of a career Swiss diplomat she spent her youth in Europe, North Africa, and South America, excelling at languages and painting. In May 1949, she married author Frithjof Schuon and began translating his correspondence into English and Spanish. In 1980, the Schuons moved from Lake Geneva to southern Indiana, where Catherine still lives to this day.
MICHAEL oren FITZGERALD is the author and editor of over a dozen books that have received more than two dozen awards, including the prestigious ForeWord Book of the Year Award, the Ben Franklin Award, and the USA Best Books Award. Fitzgerald's award-winning books include Christian Spirit, Foundations of Christian Art by Titus Burckhardt, and Sermon of All Creation: Christians on Nature.
I received a Ebook version of this title which on my Kindle didn't come through well. The publisher did a great job at sticking up for their product and sent me a hard cover copy to review.
This title is nothing fancy in text as it is just the Christmas Story as written in the King James Bible.
While the KJV is not my version of choice, I am not a speaker of Shakespearean languages. Yet opening this book was like walking through an ancient cathedral and staring at the mosaics.
It is one of those books that you could look over for hours staring at each picture which is a photo of a classic work of art depicting the Christmas Story. It is a beautiful book and would make a great coffee table gift book.
Thanks to Wisdom tales Publishing for the free title.
A King James Christmas: Biblical Selections with Illustrations from Around the World
A King James Christmas is a gloriously illustrated book that uses the original text from the King James Bible to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. With multiple verses on each page, the story of Christmas flows naturally, making this an appealing read for young children, and older audiences. Using art from around the world (both traditional and contemporary), this book is bound to become a Christmas classic - the vibrant colors are stunning, and the diverse styles are utterly amazing.
I truly love this book because it celebrates what the holiday is all about, and does it in such a beautiful, rich way. With a book as wonderful as A King James Christmas, you can't help but enjoy this season a bit more.
Did you ever flip through the Bible trying to read all about Jesus's life as it happened? It's difficult to pull it all together and read the sections in the correct sequence. Well, no more!
In this nifty little hardcover you can sit and share Jesus' life with your entire family.
Normally, I'd do a section of what I like versus what I didn't but honestly, it's God's Word about the life of His Son! What can I say?
Truly, through, I really enjoyed this. I think this is a definite asset to have on hand when sharing the life of Jesus with our family. And the graphics? Amazing!
The only thing I can say is -- Don't allow this to take the place of your Bible. It's a wonderful resource but only a section of His Word.