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Review: The Infographic Bible

Our Bibles may contain words, but its message evokes grand imagery that can often be lost through an all-text document. Graphic designer Karen Sawrey's Infographic Bible (Zondervan, 2018) is an attempt to bring the text of the Bible to life through the visual arts. In a large collection of infographics that cover key biblical characters, events, themes, topics, and other events in church history relating to the Bible, Sawrey has created a captivating book that allows readers to visually engage with the story of the Bible.

The 84 infographics are divided according to the "big picture" themes of Scripture's grand story—from creation to re-creation—and are varied in their purpose and layout. Some are type-driven; others are illustration-driven. Topics range from biblical names and attributes for God to the profiles of the kings of Israel and Judah. Scripture references are provided throughout.

Overall, this is a superb book. To be sure, calling it a "Bible" may be misleading. It would serve as an excellent supplement to one's personal or family devotional study of Scripture—or as a book for the coffee table! The pages are thick and durable, and the canvas color with gold foil makes it incredible attractive and modern. As a graphic designer, I am impressed by the skill and presentation of the artist. I highly recommend this "Bible" (or perhaps better, "biblical resource") to anyone who is seeking to connect with the beautiful message of Scripture.

(My thanks is given to Zondervan for providing a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review.)


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