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Krish and Miriam Kandiah (Illustrated by Andy Gray) – Whistlestop Tales: Around the World in 10 Bible Stories

Hodder Faith ​Hardback ISBN 978 1 529 37753 8 £10.99 229 pages

Whistlestop Tales relates the stories of 10 biblical characters, from Abram in the Old Testament to Onesimus in the New. The authors use a fair bit of poetic licence in retelling these stories, but they do manage to retain the essence of the biblical narrative for each of the characters.

In these fast-paced stories, we see how God’s people and God’s purposes are seldom dull and monochrome. What is particularly welcome is the emphasis on the multi-national and multi-cultural facets of these stories. These stories speak about how God is at work through all sorts: four women and six men from a variety of nationalities, somebodies and nobodies, rich and poor.

My nine-year-old grandson read some of the book on his own, he liked the illustrations and the format with lots in capital letters. He also enjoyed the use of repetition as in the first story: “Never say Never.”

The Kandiah children and foster children must have eagerly looked forward to bedtime stories, if these fresh retellings of familiar Bible Stories are anything to go by.

Why not get a copy to share with your children or grandchildren. If you are a storyteller this is a book that might well spark your imagination for telling the old old story in a fresh way.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is also Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.

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