Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm
Johannah Bluedorn Stanfords illustrations also serve as visual inspiration for artists-in-training. In the course of making day-trips with our copy, Ive had self-trained artists who work in other illustrative styles seize the book and pour over it, Wow, shes good who did the illustrations? Homeschooled by her parents Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, Johnnah Bluedorn Stanford is a self-taught artist who has attained a sense of proportion and form that is increasingly absent in the field of childrens literature.Harvey Bluedorns passion for psalmody is made event by the inclusion of sheet music he composed to set Psalm 103 in simple song. This span of four pages is far from bereft of Stanfords touch; her background washes and decorative accents mark the sheet music as the loveliest Ive seen. Clearly a multi-purpose title, Bless the Lord proves a useful aid for memorization and deeper delving into scripture while inviting readers to dive into the illustrations and relish the simple delights to be found there.Each of Bluedorn Stanfords titles are handsomely bound as hardcovers, charmingly illustrated and focused upon carefully chosen content. After reading my first introduction to her work My Mommy My Teacher I have been slowly gathering a full collection of her titles. No Christian family seeking to engender a sense of grace, tender beauty, and deep respect for God and His works in their children should pass her work by.
June 4, 2009
Throughout the pages of Bless the Lord you will be pleased to find a rich variety of color in the pictures and detail that goes unmatched. As a parent, the beauty and sentiment of each page makes me want to express the gloriousness of the Lord to my children as I read this beautiful Psalm to them. After years of reading childrens books to my kids with the same bold letters and primary colors, this beautiful book is one we will cherish forever. Every time you turn the page you can loose yourself in the detail of what Johannah wants to share with you in her art. From tiny books with their titles to a portrait above the fireplace with the 10 commandments scripted, this book can be a lesson or two on its own. A bonus to readers is the sheet music for Psalm 103 as written by Harvey Bluedorn, for use in family worship, or for beginner musicians. The inclusion of this music continues to gives evidence of how the Bluedorn family has taken the beautiful Word of God to heart as a source of training and instruction.
February 22, 2006
What a fabulous snuggle time read! Bless the Lord, written and illustrated by Johannah Bluedorn is a super sweet children's book which illustrates the 103rd Psalm. Every page is adorned with Johannah's beautiful artwork on nice thick paper that will last for years to come. I am simply amazed by the details found in Johannah's paintings and enjoyed lingering over the pictures in this book. I look forward to collecting more of Johannah's books!
February 5, 2006
Johanna Bluedorn, a homeschool graduate and self-taught artist, has illustrated this sweet childrens picture book of the 103rd Psalm. The words Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, beckons us to worship our Great God, and Ms. Bluedorn has uniquely combined each verse of this beloved Psalm to her original artwork. A girl walking in flowering meadows, a young boy in the arms of his father, a mare nuzzling her colt-each picture echoes the psalmists invocation, leaving the reader with an overwhelming sense of adoration towards God.The book is intended for children, but all members of your family will want to read this lovely book, lingering on each page, enjoying the beauty of the words and pictures. As you read, its as if you can almost hear music, and feel the soft rustling of a warm summer breeze.This charming hardcover picture book is a precious and endearing work, and you will plainly see Ms. Bluedorns love for God and family represented in her renderings. In just a few readings you and your children will have likely committed this psalm to memory, and will find yourselves giving heartfelt praises to God.Bless the Lord, oh my soul indeed!
October 17, 2005