Saturday, October 04, 2008

Book Review: "In the Beginning: The Art of Genesis" by Chuck Fischer and Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away 5 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winners on Saturday October 11. US and Canada addresses only. Good luck!

IN THE BEGINNING is a beautiful pop-up book for the whole family. An ingenious series of three-dimensional spreads with fold-outs and narrative booklets, IN THE BEGINNING shows how the timeless narratives of the Book of Genesis have inspired artists for thousands of years and continue to do so today.

This spectacular gift book features Chuck Fischer’s original artwork on intricate pop-ups representing the classic stories from the first chapter of the Bible. With spreads that range from a medieval-inspired Garden of Eden to a stunningly tall tower of Babel to a magnificent diorama depicting Jacob’s dream of a stairway to Heaven, IN THE BEGINNING is destined to become a treasured keepsake and perennial favorite on every family’s shelf.

This is an absolutely stunning book. I love pop up books because they draw you more into the book. It's 3D and you can look at it from all different angles to get a better feel of the book. Genesis is a great book to do a pop up version of as there are lots of wonderful stories to be told. All the familiar stories are there and families will be able to show the pop up and then can go back and read the Bible story behind it. My favorite is Jacob's Dream and the Ladder to Heaven. There's a beautiful stained glass pop up display that towers in front of you. Equally as impressive is the Tower of Babel display which just jumps out at you from the book.There's pullouts with replicas of ancient artwork. I love the research that went into recreating them. I will say just because it is a pop up book does not mean its for kids. The pop ups are rather fragile. It's not just pictures, there is a description of the scene with the history and background. There are also classical paintings incorporated in the art which does include nude paintings therefore it's probably not recommended for young children. There is nothing graphic but little ones might might have a lot of questions when seeing them. It's a beautiful book to put on your coffee table and read with the whole family. I think it would be wonderful to have every book of the Bible in pop up form! If you are a visual learner and love art, this is the book for you.

In the Beginning
by Chuck Fischer is published by Little Brown and Company (2008)


  1. I would love to win this for my 7 kids!

  2. i would love to win this for my son and daughter. They love gorgeous picture books.

    angelleslament @

  3. This looks like a great book for my niece. Thanks
    Lenda - FR

  4. This sounds great!!! We would love it!
    chelleandyg at cox dot net

  5. Please enter me! I have 4 year old twin girls and would love to win this for them! Thank you!

    kairilily - (FrugalReader ID)

  6. Looks fascinating - please enter me too!

    ryanx6 at msn dot com

  7. tgriffis (PBS)11:10 AM

    My grandchildren love for me to read to them when they are here. I know this one would be a favorite.

    Please enter me in the drawing.


  8. aliadam from FR11:31 AM

    Well I feel guilty entering this contest since I just won last week, but this sounds like such a WONDERFUL book that I'm going to anyway. What a unique idea. Pam (aliadam from FR)

  9. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Sounds like a beautiful book; I would love to win it.
    Thanks, yolosr(Doris) PBS ID

  10. It sounds very neat!

  11. "Wow!" What a beautiful book. I would love to give this to my niece as a keepsake book. Please enter my name in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  12. WOULD LOVE TO READ THIS MYSELF...then I would share with the kiddos

  13. I would love to win such a book, and if it's as nice as I think it is, I would proudly display it on my coffee table. I love pop-ups, and to have one made for adults, would be nifty!

  14. It looks beautiful!!

    joan1431 at

  15. This sounds lovely. Please include me.

  16. kristipye (FR) kristi1830@yahoo.com3:29 PM

    This sounds like it is a beautiful book!

  17. Wow, Deborah, I'm so glad you posted on ACFW bookclub because I love your blog site.

    Please enter me in the drawing, too. What a beautiful book!


  18. Anonymous12:50 PM

    what a wonderful idea! I might have to start this too.


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