Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bible Origami Review

“Bible Origami” Summary:
Keep your children’s hands busy during church services with Bible Origami. Instead of folding the service programs into paper airplanes, they can fold Noah’s ark, an oil lamp, or Joseph’s coat! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!

About The Author:
Todd Huisken is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the counseling manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, California. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of San Diego and has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Todd has served as the assistant director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims from the San Diego fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. Todd has been married to his beautiful wife for twenty-one years and they have three daughters and a son.

Our Thoughts:
We love this paperback book! Origami is such a great hobby and these designs are definitely better than paper airplanes. While some of the projects in this book are simple others are quite involved. Each one has what skill level is required. There are a total of three skill levels. There are a total of 24 designs from the Old and New Testament. These have all the steps from start to finished design. Some designs even have more than one part to follow, while others need scissors to be finished. Each origami design also has "Did You Know?" facts about the item or passage in the Bible. These are really interesting and I learned all sorts of neat things from these. This book would be wonderful to incorporate with bible lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday enjoyment! Also great to keep children's hands busy doing something Biblical during church services for quiet, more reverent children.

I am a little disappointed though that all the pictures inside the book are all in black and white and are just drawings of the step-by-step folds. While this is still very helpful, I am very visual and would also love color representations of each of the finished designs after the instructions end, for each. I love that they do have some of these color pictures on the front and back cover of the book. I know that if done, that this would bring the cost to publish the books up, but I think that it would be eye pleasing and worth it to the author.

The author was so very kind enough to give us an envelope full of origami paper along with the book so that we could try some of the designs out ourselves with the instructions. We made the fox and the dove so far. The instructions were straight forward and easy to follow. It helps though that you get an overview of origami folds in the beginning of the book. You might want to brush up on these before you dive in, especially for the more advanced pieces.

Besides Bible Origami the author, Todd Huisken, has two other fun origami books: Mormon Origami and More Mormon Origami.

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links can be found in this post. Thank you for your support of this blog!

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