I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed on to review Gospel of Matthew, and when it arrived in the mail, I’ve got to admit, I sat and stared at it for awhile, trying to figure out exactly what it was. You see, it’s nothing like any other book I’ve seen.

The text is the entire book of Matthew from the New Living Translation. But it doesn’t look like a Bible.

The text is complimented with photographs. But rather than images from the Holy Land or actors in biblical attire, it’s modern art.

The pages are thick cardstock. It feels like a coffee table book. But it’s small.

I finally figured it out. Gospel of Matthew is a gift book. It’s a work of art that can be given to graduates, new Christians, art lovers, or that hard to please person on your Christmas gift list. Of course, it’s also a book you can enjoy yourself, especially if you appreciate beauty and scripture.

Gospel of Matthew is published by a new company called Alabaster. They currently have seven books of the Bible available with more in the future. Their vision is to “explore the intersection of creativity, beauty, and faith for the sake of a more beautiful human flourishing.” Visit the Alabaster website to learn more about these stunning Bible books.

Register for a chance to win the entire set of the four gospels.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Gospel of Matthew in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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