I have another book review for you today from Deseret Book. This one is a beautiful book of illustrations with text from the scriptures. The book is illustrated by Annie Henrie and I think her artwork is gorgeous! The book is called Visions of Hope; An Illustrated Portrayal of God's Plan For Us.
In our religion, we often talk about God's plan, calling it The Plan of Happiness or The Plan of Salvation. This plan answers questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going.
Henrie has visually interpreted the plan of salvation from pre-earth life to the Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, life on earth, the spirit world, the Atonement, the Resurrection, and the kingdoms of glory.
We often use a little sketch to illustrate the stages or order of the plan when discussing it, and the book includes that at the top of each page, with one section highlighted to show which part of the plan we are focusing on for that page.
This might be my favourite painting in the book:
I love the warmth in her paintings. In that image above, the leaves appear to be golden and I love how happy the mother looks, encircled by her husband and children. I'm feeling the love ;)
Here's another spread from the book, so you can get an idea of the feeling that continues throughout the book. It's a 10x10" hardcover book with 48 pages.
This book would be a beautiful tool for teaching what we believe about the plan of salvation to someone who wants to know more about what we believe, or for teaching our children, or just for personal reflection. The artwork is just gorgeous, with 14 different paintings included.
Disclosure: A copy of the book was provided to me for review purposes. All opinions shared are my own.