Let there be light, children’s book review

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner 1984, is probably the most famous Anglican Archbishop in the world. He has recently retold the story of creation in a charming children’s book entitled Let There Be Light.


The book is beautifully illustrated by New York Times bestselling author of On the Night You Were Born, Nancy Tillman.

The Bible story of Creation is short and this book, likewise, is short, but told with Tutu’s characteristic and gentle twist.  “In the very beginning, God’s love bubbled over when there was nothing else – no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea – only darkness.”

It is a charming and compelling account of the Judeo-Christian creation and should please those who like the Biblical account of Creation to be unsullied by evolutionary theories.

Published by WilliamCollinsBooks.com, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Let There Be Light is a wonderful book, and despite it only taking three minutes to read (adult speed, with pictures) it warmed my heart.  The fact that I couldn’t wait to read it says a lot as well.  Taken at child speed it cannot fail to have love bubbling over.

The book is aimed at preschoolers of about 3 – 5, but don’t doubt that it will make some tough old adults, like me, smile.

  • Title:  Let there be light
  • Author:  Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Illustrator:  Nancy Tillman
  • Publisher:  Harper Collins Publishers
  • South African Publishers:  Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Year:  2014
  • Country:  UK
  • ISBN:  978-0-00-755258-0
  • Cost in South Africa:  R135

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