While my family and I were perusing the shelves of my favorite store, Half-Price Books, last week, I came across a surprising find. Eric Metaxas, whose name is now household for many evangelicals because of his recent and monumental biography, Bonhoeffer, apparently used to write children’s books. Recognizing his name, I pulled Bible ABC off of one of the shelves in the kids’ section. Naturally, I bought it and in reading it found that, while there are many Bible ABC books out there, this one takes the cake. Not something I would expect from a guy writing 600-page biographies.
Written in poetic rhyme and illustrated with funny, eye-catching artistry, the book takes each letter of the alphabet and attributes it to the different characters of the Bible. I didn’t know who he was going to find for “X”, but he pulled it off with King Xerxes. Here’s one of my favorite lines: It’s good to be clean-cut and handsome, but not to be clean-cut and Samson.