**I have been provided a copy of this book from the publisher, Alabaster, in exchange for an honest review**
The Gospel of Matthew
To be honest, when I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I didn’t really know what it was. I thought it was a Bible study type book on the book of Matthew. In fact, it is a beautifully created and produced Bible!
The entire gospel of Matthew is woven with gorgeous photography throughout the book. This Bible’s quality is amazing, too. Although, my review copy is softcover, (hardcover versions are available, as well) it is sturdy with a high quality cover.
Here are the book specifications: 15pt cover paper (soft-touch aqueous coating). 80lb text paper (uncoated) for interior pages. 120 pages. 7.5in x 9.5in
Absolutely gorgeous quality!
Nearly every two-page spread features brilliant photography that helps reinforce the scriptures on that page. If you are a believer who appreciates creativity or photography, you will absolutely love The Gospel of Matthew pictorial Bible by Alabaster Co.
This Bible is the New Living Translation version (NLT). An easy to read, relatable version.
I have several different Bibles, in a variety of translations. I love studying the Word in different translations as it helps me to better understand the passages. I particularly enjoy using different translations for verse mapping.
I love that they can be purchased individually or as a set of all four gospels. (See below to enter to win a set of all four gospels!)
I initially intended to keep The Gospel of Matthew on my bookshelf with other Bible versions, but it is way too beautiful to keep it tucked away on a shelf. It is now on a coffee table in my office for all to see. I find that I pick it up nearly every day to look through and read a passage or two. Out of sight is out of mind and the Word of God is to be bathed in daily.
A Look at the Inside of The Gospel of Matthew by Alabaster Co
How Alabaster Co Came to Be
The story of how Alabaster and the resulting Bibles came to be is so beautiful, that I had to share directly from their page:
Alabaster Co. began late one night when friends Bryan Chung and Brian Chung were deep in discussion on creativity and God. Reflecting on the direction culture was taking toward visual images, innovation and design, an idea was born: create a brand passionate about fully exploring the intersection of creativity, beauty, and faith.
Realizing that beauty is a foundational value when talking about creativity and God, they decided to name the company Alabaster, after one of the only times Jesus uses the word beautiful in the Gospels. In Mark 14:1-9, a woman breaks an alabaster jar of incredibly expensive perfume onto Jesus’ head. Many people in the room scoff at her and say what she has done is a complete waste. But Jesus defends the woman saying, “leave her alone, why do you bother her? What she has done is a beautiful thing.” It is this complete act of sacrificial giving which Jesus calls – in the original greek – kalos, which literally means beautiful as a sign of inward goodness. We wanted to have this same level of intentionality and thoughtfulness as the woman did as we created Alabaster.
Their website is equally as beautiful as the Bibles they create. If you are looking for a devotion to enhance your quiet time, take a look at some of the devotions shared on their website.
Enter to Win The Gospel of Matthew Pictorial Bible from Alabaster Co
Enter to win The Gospels Set by Alabaster Co. All four books of John, Luke, Mark and Matthew in one beautiful set. Your family will treasure this.
These gorgeous pictorial Bibles make great gifts, too. You can grab yours on Amazon.
What do you think of The Gospel of Matthew Bible by Alabaster Co?
For a review of The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible for Kids, see this post
Or, for a terrific devotion for both men and women, check out The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias.
Because of Him,