Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” – Genesis 1:1

Whoever made the collaboration between Archbishop Tutu and NYT best-seller Nancy Tillman happen deserves resounding applause. Let There Be Light is a paraphrased poetic retelling of the creation narrative with utterly sublime illustrations.

let there be lightBefore the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) was compiled by Moses, the stories of creation, Noah and the Ark, and Joseph’s coat of many colors were transmitted orally. I imagine many people who were taught a biblical rendition of how the world came to be have heard similar poetic repackages. Archbishop uses such vivid descriptors that I had never imagined while reading Genesis 1-2. He writes, “God’s love bubbled over,” and “then the first flower opened in all its glory,” and “suddenly the world was a very noisy place.” 

What I enjoy most about this book are the illustrations by Tillman. My wife and I often read On the Night You Were Born by Tillman to our daughter. Her work is wonderful. So to see her work tread into the biblical realm is intriguing. And if Nancy Tillman ever begins selling prints of her artistry I’ll be an instant customer for life. 

Let There Be Light is a very lovely, short book for sharing the creation story with your child.

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