A great story told in LEGO blocks
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on
Thanks to Brendan Powell Smith, you'll never look at the parting
of the Red Sea the same way again.
That's because the San Francisco Bay native has opted to illustrate
the Bible using LEGO blocks. First it was "The Brick Testament:
Stories from the Book of Genesis" and "The Brick Testament:
The Story of Christmas."
Now comes "The Brick Testament: The Ten Commandments"
(Quirk Books, $14.95).
With verses from Exodus and a series of LEGO dioramas, the full-color
volume chronicles the adventures of Moses as he rides down the Nile
River, talks to the Burning Bush, witnesses the Ten Plagues, parts
the Red Sea, delivers the Ten Commandments and builds the Ark of
In his introduction, Smith points out that telling Bible stories
using the building blocks was not his first career choice.
And, he says, as an adult who makes a living playing with a children's
toy, he has had his share of ridiculing.
"But I would not think for a second of going back to my old
9-to-5 job," he says. "Why? It's simple. Because when
God tells you to do something, you do it."
Even it means spending countless hours re-creating the story of
The Golden Calf.
Patti Martin, Staff Writer