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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Bible Sticks: An Unlikely Calling by Ron Vance is an inspiring Christian book that chronicles the creative journey of a woodcarver. In 1988, Vance found his love for the craft. It started out as just simple curiosity but with time he worked on his gift and his sticks now include more complicated designs. Over the years, he has carved sticks that tell the stories of different biblical characters such as the disciples of Jesus or the Israelite judges, who include Gideon and Samson. His sticks also present biblical stories and events, for instance the Creation story, the ten plagues of Egypt and some of the humorous teachings of Jesus. Some also include lists of different components from both the Old and New Testaments.
Colorful images are included which helped me appreciate Vance’s talent. They also make the content even more fascinating. Bible Sticks challenged and encouraged me to use my gifts for the glory of God and for the good of people. The number of painstaking hours that the author took to create the designs was surprising, which reflects on his dedication to his ministry and his love for what he does. The carved sticks also share the stories of the Bible in an unusual and interesting way. The fact that one single stick contains so many stories, presented in a way that is easy to remember, makes the designs even more exceptional. Ron Vance also shares some of the discoveries he made from the Bible while creating his art pieces. Bible Sticks is unique and contains inspiring lessons.