January 05, 2011 Edition

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Story shares that
everyone has purpose

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

Recently I received an e-mail asking if I would be interested in reviewing a children's book, "a Lump of Clay," written by Dr. Bobby Holliday. A CD, which contained a recorded version of the story was also available, and I thought, "how neat."

As I read the information my interest was further piqued by the list of voice actors on the CD version. One of those actors was an old friend from my college days, Rodger Bumpass.

When I received the package from the press agent I found, as promised, not only the book but also the recorded version as well.

Illustrated by Rebecca Price the book's artwork succeeds in telling the story through pictures. I was somewhat disappointed that the recorded version did not exactly follow the story line in the book. It was close enough, however, that as the actors brought the characters alive I could watch it visually unfold as I turned the pages.

The story tells about the creation of the Holy Grail, which was the cup that Jesus drank from at the last supper.

Though no one really knows much about the Holy Grail the mythos surrounding it is legendary. The search for the cup has continued to be a part of literature for centuries.

The story begins with a potter, Manasseh, who creates a chalice from a lump of clay. Told through many characters, including the chalice itself, the message is clear, no matter how humble our origins everyone has worth. The story also contains other lessons, as well, such as vanity can be as crippling as the lack of self-worth.

Written for children to help them understand the importance of each individual, "a Lump of Clay," is both entertaining and uplifting.

The thought occurs to me that the book could become the basis of an excellent Easter program for church groups, both young and old.

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