Beyond a Felt-Board Faith

Ivan Mesa | March 21, 2016

“The Bible is not safe and neither is this book.” 

So argues Ned Bustard in Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups. Assembling both ancient and modern art—from medieval woodcuts to contemporary linocuts—Bustard wants to remove our rose-colored glasses and, instead of “cute cartoons of sweet stories,” offer gripping artwork “depicting well-known passages along with those shocking stories that are often hidden from view.”

Bustard, who is an illustrator and graphic designer, includes work by a wide range of artists—Tanja Butler, Albrecht Dürer, Eric Gill, Craig Hawkins, Edward Knippers, Chris Koelle, Kevin Lindholm, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Steve Prince, Mark Smith, Rembrandt van Rijn, and more. The art accompanies well over 100 passages from the Bible and each pairing is accompanied by a short commentary intended to help the reader better understand the art and the passage of Scripture.


In this interview we learn how art helps us read God’s Word better, the role of children’s storybook Bibles, what to do with R-rated parts of Scripture, and more.

How does depicting in art the unsavory and shocking stories of the Bible help us read the Bible better? 

I think most of us are comfortable with the Bible. So comfortable, in fact, that we’ve stopped reading expecting to see…

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