Israel has been on my list of “countries I really really really want to visit” for quite some time now and for so many reasons. Until I can make that happen though, I turn to the books and the internet. It helps…a little :).
Many of us only dream of traveling to the Holy Land. Very few, like Israel’s top aerial photographer, Ron Gafni, soar above the craggy mountain ranges of Masada, the salty Dead Sea, and the iconic locations where Jesus walked. “Israel – God’s Heart – Landscapes and Legacy,” beautifully captures the ancient landscapes of this great nation, as well as presents the legacy of God’s Redemption plan for the world.
As you slowly turn the pages, you will find unexpected vantage points, such as the Tower of David surrounded by city lights and fast paced cars. And, a hot air balloon floating over a field of cotton. From a bird’s eye view, you will also experience a vibrant, bustling, modern Israel. Biblical references and thoughtful narrative, by Author Kathleen Barrett, intertwines with awe inspiring photography to bring you to the Holy Land time and time again.
What a fun little book – especially for those who want a glimpse into Israel and and some of popular areas. I thought the photographs were beautiful. I love seeing landmarks and cities from high above and this book provides plenty of views.
There’s a great mix of photos of the city, historical sites, and the beautiful countryside. There’s also plenty of animals, lakes, towns, churches, landscapes and even what modern day life is like in Israel. While the presentation of the book (size, cover, etc) left me a bit wanting, I still did enjoying flipping through it.
I also thought the narratives were an interesting blend of historical pieces, faith reminders and what it means for us today (with scripture sprinkled throughout). They weren’t necessarily connected to the images all the time, but I think the author desired to encourage the reader in their faith.
What country do you want to visit next?
(Thank you to Litfuse for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)