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With The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis, Brendan Smith reimagined ten classic Bible stories using nothing but LEGO bricks -- and the results were praised by everyone from People and Entertainment Weekly to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (they've recommended the book to their entire congregation!). Publishers Weekly called it "hilarious" and wrote, "One re ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Quirk Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Christine
This is a good, solid retelling of the Christmas Story as well as the flight to Egypt. There is an introduction at the beginning to make it presentation kid friendly. There is also a seek and find at the end. It is a pretty good edition.
Tung
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Smith is a Christian and a fan of legos – what better way to combine his two passions than using legos to illustrate scenes from the Bible? In this visual re-telling of the story about the birth of Christ, Smith includes a Bible verse on one page (drawn from all four of the Gospels, so it’s a more complete Christmas story than the ever-popular Luke 2 recounting), and a visual of that verse created with legos on the opposite page. An extremely quick read, except you will find yourself staring at ...more
Jessica
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
interesting. don't read it if you don't want your kids to ask questions like "why are they pointing a knife at Jesus when he's 8 days old." ...more
Lauren
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and I think it’s a very neat that Brendan Powell Smith has made the Christmas story out of Legos. I love it! -Lauren
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Sara
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good way to tell the story
Jude Morrissey
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-stuff
This book is very faithful to the Biblical narrative, and covers Jesus' birth, the flight to Egypt, and their return to Nazareth. Although the illustrations are done with LEGO blocks and are pretty cute, the story itself isn't prettified, and parents ought to read it and discuss the issues with their kids, rather than letting them read it alone - especially if they are very young. In fact, Rev. Lundy, the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at New York Theological Seminary, wrote a one-pa ...more
Slee
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Geeks
Recommended to Slee by: Earl Lee
I have to say, the angel is kind of creepy and reclining legos seem a touch... well... off. That said, my kids love legos, and so this was a fun reading adventure for them. My teenager enjoyed it the most, particularly the slaughter of the innocents, but she's got a deep and abiding love of dark humor, and it was, most definitely, ultimately humorous to see the Christmas story told by legos. Props to the weirdlings geeks who thought this up, and their dedication to building. I laughed a lot, but ...more
Louie
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting to say the least...not quite a book for adults and certainly not for kids...unless you want to explain to the young ones why grown-up legos are pointing a knife at the Baby Jesus Lego (his circumcision).
The sheer kitschiness of this book kept me in stitches...the Holy Ghost is hilarious!
I don't know what qualifies me to burn in hell more: that I couldn't quit snickering while I read this at my favorite used book store (yes, for free), that someone actually thought this was a great wa
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Alicia Evans
This is essentially the Christmas Story told through Legos. I read it out loud with a group of friends and it was fun to discuss, but a lot of things are awkwardly glossed over or ignored. This is of course to be expected with any short retelling of the story, but I wouldn't have been happy if this was read to me as a child because of it. I can see how a lot of children wouldn't have that problem though, so the fact that the Legos are awesome might do enough for them that they don't mind. I thin ...more
Tanna Shelley
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since my son is a huge Lego fan I got this book for him to try and help him understand the meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate. It was such a great book to get the story across to a 7 year old. He was able to understand the story and follow along with the pictures. Each scene was beautifully created and very well put together. I couldn't have asked for a better book to help a kid understand the true meaning of Christmas. ...more
Amy
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like legos and the story of Christmas
Shelves: random
This book was very funny, because it had pictures that really showed what it must have been like in Bible times. It was a very enjoyable book that I think more people should read. I look forward to reading more Brick Testament books soon.
Camille White
Haha omg I can't tell if this is a joke or not! Its the jesus story told with lego brick characters. Whatever it is, its weird. Cant wait to put it on the shelf for someone to borrow! ...more
Joshua T
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great book!
Theresa
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
a retelling of the christmas story with lego characters
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Elbe Spurling (born September 7, 1973) is an American transgender artist, author, and moralist best known for The Brick Bible book series (published under her birth name Brendan Powell Smith)—an ongoing project to illustrate the entire Bible in LEGO building blocks.

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