Let There Be Light

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9.1 X 10.9 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu served as Bishop of Johannesburg and Archibishop of Cape Town, South Africa before he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela in 1996 to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Since then he has been visiting professor at several overseas universities, and he has published several books, including God Has a Dream.

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You, The Spirit of Christmas, and Tumford the Terrible. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.


Let There Be Light combines the text of "The Creation" from Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Children of God Storybook Bible with illustrations by Nancy Tillman in this picture book introduction to Genesis. Nancy Tillman's magnificent images show a God of light and love and a world of life and beauty alongside Archbishop Tutu's chosen scripture. The realistic animal pictures seem almost like photographs, set against a fantastical backdrop of the earth and sky. Tillman portrays a group of multi-ethnic children as the receivers and custodians of God's creation; readers of her previous book The Crown on Your Head will be familiar with her style of depicting the children with shimmering crowns. There are introductory notes from the author and illustrator, as well as a sweetly illustrated page for inscription, which adds to the book's appeal as a meaningful gift and keepsake. Let There Be Light delivers just the right balance of tenderness, imagination, and wonder. Young readers will be enchanted by the bright illustrations and exaggerated colors as they read or hear about each day of God's marvelous handiwork and the culminating message: "You are loved."--Christian Library Journal