Faithful Friends: Favorite Stories of People in the Bible – Marcy Kelleher and Michael Kelleher

Faithful Friends: Favorite Stories of People in the Bible by Marcy Kelleher, Michael Kelleher
Published by Zonderkidz on October 10, 2023
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories
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Charming and whimsical handmade doll photographs illustrate the stories of over 40 men and women of the Bible in this one-of-a kind Bible storybook.

Bring some cozy charm to your child’s room and a touch of whimsy to story time, with this beautiful keepsake book of characters from the Bible. This accessible collection includes both familiar and lesser-known figures like Noah, Joseph, Esther, John the Baptist, Miriam, and many more. Each story is told in a short, easy-to-understand passage and accompanied by a photograph of a handcrafted doll, specially made to capture both the character and themes of the story.

Faithful Friends is:

Full of biographies of both men and women from the Old and New Testaments
Great for independent readers or as a read-aloud for families
Beautifully packaged with a classic cloth spine and matte finish for a timeless look
The perfect gift for baptism, birthdays, First Communion, Easter, or Christmas
Designed for children ages 4–10, but wonderful for anyone young or young at heart!

Expert crafter Marcy Kelleher sells heirloom dolls of saints, literary figures, and Bible characters in her online shop, Marzipantz which has a distinct cottage core, handcrafted style. Her husband, teacher Michael Kelleher, wrote these biographies and together they hope this book brings joy to your life as you share these stories with the children in your life.

In this book, Marcy and Michael Kelleher profile over forty people from the Bible, sharing Michael’s adaptations of Bible stories alongside photographs of beautiful, handcrafted dolls that Marcy has made. Her dolls are stunning and detailed, and she also created backdrops and props for each of them, creating vivid scenes that readers of all ages will enjoy.

Each profile begins with a Bible verse, introduces basic facts about this person, and then focuses on a selected narrative about that person’s life. This page also identifies which longer passages the author drew this story from, so that readers can look up the whole story in the Bible. Each narrative is short, simple, and faithful to Scripture, although the author takes some artistic liberties to dramatize things and occasionally glosses over and simplifies some details.

Faithful Friends: Favorite Stories of People in the Bible is a great book for Christian families to read together, and because the photographic illustrations show up well from a distance, this would also be a great classroom read in a Sunday school or Christian school setting. Also, even though this book is aimed towards kids, adults who are interested in handicrafts will enjoy this as a coffee table book to flip through and admire.