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Time To Love: Stories From The Old Testament…

Time To Love: Stories From The Old Testament

by Walter Dean Myers

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This book really touched my heart. The Old Testaments stories are brought down to a very simple understanding. This book would work perfectly in a Preteen through Adult Sunday school class. The way Walter Myers write the stories really allows you to feel the love that each character felt. The loves stories teaches the reader valuable life lesson on Love and Friendship. ( )
  jmvarnad | Jan 22, 2012 |
lizabeth Bush (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2003 (Vol. 57, No. 1))
The Myerses offer a half dozen retellings of well-known Bible stories, cast in the first-person narration of a major character. The tales proceed in no discernible order, leading off with Delilah’s breathy musings about her betrayed lover, Samson, then back to Reuben and Joseph, further back to Isaac and Abraham, and winding up in Egypt on the eve of the Exodus with Aser and Gamiel. Stories such as Abraham’s intended sacrifice cling close to Biblical events while delving into purported thoughts and motivations of individuals, in this case the befuddled victim, Isaac. Others, such as Samson and Delilah, are more fanciful and uneven; W. D. Myers limns Delilah as a shaky composite of fifteen-year-old innocent, political pawn, and remorseful lover, while C. Myers disregards the textual age setting and depicts her in the more traditional role of worldly-wise seductress. Readers well up on their Scripture will undoubtedly chuckle at Myers’ genteel treatment of Lot’s daughter “Zillah,” who ponders the mystery of her mother’s transformation into salt but throws on the literary brakes just short of seducing her father in the cave. Illustrations range wildly among staged photographs, collage, paintings, and sketches; golden wash gives the pages a faux-papyrus appearance, a curious affectation considering that Egyptian sources are maddeningly quiet on the subject of the Israelites. This is neither as gripping nor imaginative as Peter Dickinson’s City of Gold or Jan Mark’s God’s Story (BCCB 5/98), but collections featuring a broad selection of Bible retellings may want a copy on their shelves. Review Code: Ad -- Additional book of acceptable quality for collections needing more material in the area. (c) Copyright 2003, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2003, Scholastic, 127p, $19.95. Grades 5-9.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439220009, Hardcover)

Like Anita Diamont's bestselling THE RED TENT, this stunning collaboration from an award-winning father & son team finds inspiration in the world's most profound & influential literary work, the Bible

Combining the power of his finest fiction w/ the exquisite language of his poetry, Walter Dean Myers retells 6 stories from the Old Testament--all w/ YA narrators. Some stories are well known (Samson&Delilah), others less so (Aser&Gamiel). Some are straightforward (Ruth&Naomi). Others are complicated & challenging (Abraham&Isaac). But like the bloodlines that connect many of these biblical figures, a common theme courses through their stories: LOVE. Christopher's arresting artwork is grounded in the traditions of classical art but is infused with a vision and soul all his own.

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A retelling of six stories from the Old Testament, which explore the complexity of love from the perspective of Ruth, Delilah, Reuben, Isaac, Gamiel, and Zillah.

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