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21 March 2006
  He is Risen, Indeed! by David Erickson

Crossposted at Necessary Roughness.

Issues, Etc.'s book of the month for March is He is Risen, Indeed! featuring paintings by David Erickson. I received my copy last week.

The book contains 11 pictures with accompanying scripture, starting chronologically from Christ's hours of darkness until He presents Himself before His disciples and shows them His hands and his side.Open the book and lay it flat, and the painting takes up the right page and a little over half of the left, an approximate painting size of 10" x 14". To the left of each painting is a 3¾" vertical strip with the verses set in various typestyles.

He Is Risen, Indeed!David Erickson works in oil, and his paintings tend toward the warmer brown colors.The depictions of the dying Christ are bloodless, yet in one we see Him on the cross and in another three men carry the corpse with its stigmata and pierced side. An image of women grinding spices with mortar and pestle accompanies Mark 16:1-3, and the conveyance of extra information as to what may have taken place is typical throughout the book — the consequence of a picture being a thousand words, I suppose. One painting seemed a little inconsistent. In painting the angels in Luke 24:4-7, the "dazzling apparel" the angels wear is merely depicted as white robes that reflect candlelight.

All in all, the art is quite good. The Scripture is presented in ESV and is easy to read, except for the names, of course. The book does focus as promised on the acts of Christ rather than our own merits. Unfortunately my particular copy came with two pages partially glued together; it will be going back for an exchange.

This is a book that can be read to 5-year-olds or read by someone on a 2nd or 3rd grade level (with help on the names). It is definitely an enjoyable book that I recommend for everyone.

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