Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Psalms of David

I'm enjoying the book, The Psalms of David, for the second time--and it's such a delight! I received it as a gift a few years ago from one of my students. The book of Psalms is a book in the Bible, but this book is one man's work on making the words come alive. The illuminations were all done by James S. Freemantle.

This is what the inside cover has to say about the story behind the book:

"Born in India, James Freemantle traveled through the Middle East during his years in the British Army. Shortly after his second marriage, he began this hand-lettered, illustrated volume for his beloved bride, Clara. For the next thirty years, he periodically worked to transfer the psalms into a book that would physically match the lyrical beauty of the poetry."

Each page is filled with artistic lettering and pictures and I love every one of them. The Bible is already such a treasure, but this book allows the reader to have better imaginations about this portion from God's Word.

The book was published many years after Freemantle died, by his son, Stephen. He went home to be with the Lord in 1934, the same year he finished the book. Harper Collins Publishers has printed this book, but I'm sure you could also find it at a Bible bookstore. 

Wonderful read--enjoy! 

3 comments:

The Watts Family said...

Thanks for sharing I will have to look for that one. That looks like a beautiful book. ~Blessings ;-)

Theo-Ann said...

I hope you find it; I know you'll enjoy it. Have a great day!

Christina said...

I will check at my library to see if they have this book, I love books like this, thanks Theo for sharing:)