I love all of Kloria’s books, and, as you know, I thought their illustration contest was a brilliant move on their part. Today I’ll review one of Kloria’s 2-in-1-books, O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe and The Will of God is Always Best.
Kloria specializes in pairing fantastic hymns with family-friendly illustrations, and once again they have hit the ball out of the ballpark! PLUS, these 2-in-1 books are a brilliant move for hymns with shorter text! Each hymn has half a book. To read the other hymn, simply turn it over. (The spine of the book always starts on the left.)
O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe is a hymn written by Jacob Fabricius and illustrated by Emma J. Heidenreich. The illustration style mimics stained glass window in a very attractive way. There are bold colors and Scriptural imagery, such as the Good Shepherd, lambs, a wolf, and a conquered dragon. The page with Christ on the cross is victorious and without blood.
The Will of God is Always Best is a hymn written by Albrecht von Preussen and illustrated by Eleanor Rivers. The illustrations of this book features a family going to church and considering stained glass windows! The approach is warm, family-friendly, and lends cohesion to the 2-in-1 approach. Stained glasses include Noah’s arc, Jesus’ baptism, several windows from the life of David, the fiery furnace, the lion’s den, Jesus’ temptation, the garden of Gethsemane, and scenes from the early church and other parts of Scripture. Great stuff! Several pictures even provide tiered images so that the fire that led the Israelites in the time of Moses is tied to the flames that did not harm Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Again, great stuff, particularly in its careful attention to Scriptural detail.
O Little Flock offers comfort in the Good Shepherd’s protection and The Will of God admires how God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. They are very appropriate.