DURABLE, INEXSPENSIVE WORDLESS BOOK

If you grew up going to Sunday School or Vacation Bible School, you are likely familiar with a wordless book. If not, a wordless book is used to help explain the beliefs of the  Christian faith. Each page has one color, which represents a Biblical truth. Black represents our sinfulness. We all have violated God’s standard of holiness and perfection. The penalty for this violation of His laws is death (Rom. 6:23). However, in addition to His holiness, God is also love. He loved us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place (John 3:16). The red page is to remind us of the blood that He shed on our behalf. The white page represents purity and holiness. For those of us who have accepted His gift of salvation, not only were our sins credited to Christ in His death, but His righteousness (He never sinned) was applied to us, and now when God looks at us He sees us in the purity and holiness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). The blue page represents water-baptism. By being baptized, we are identifing ourselves as believers in Christ (Acts 2:41). Green is to encourage us to grow in our knowledge of God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible (1 Peter 2:2). We do this by reading the Bible, praying, and gathering with other believers to hear the Bible taught. The final page is yellow, which represents the golden streets of Heaven, where we will fellowship with God for eternity and our joy will be complete (Psalm 16:11)!

These wordless books make it easy to explain what we believe in a way that anyone, but especially children, can understand. My version is made from plastic shopping bags and is very durable. I began by fusing plastic bags in the appropriate colors. Then I cut the fused plastic into small rectangles. When my book is closed it measures three inches high by two-and-a-half inches wide, so each page is three by five inches. I made it small for portablity and to conserve materials since the colored bags are not always easy to come by. The pages are stuck together in order with strips of double-sided tape. The final step was to adhear a fused brown cover to the outside of the pages and trim off all the excess. The only expense in this project is the double-sided tape. If you are willing to take the time to fuse and cut the plastic, this is a craft that older children could easily do.

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