Sam’s Club, responding to “numerous concerns” by parents and members has decided to pull the Lego Illustrated Bible from its store shelves. The complaints centered around the mature content that was contained in what was supposed to be a children’s book.
The Christian Post reports:
“Although parents might have a problem with the book, its creator says he was only trying to be true to the Word.
“From the start, my goal was to create an illustrated Bible that stood out from all others – not just because it was illustrated in LEGO, but because I would be using only direct quotes of scripture to retell the stories just as the Bible tells them,” the book’s illustrator, Brendan Powell Smith, told CP in an email.
“I also endeavored not to water down the stories or censor them for content. If it was in the Bible, my thinking was, it was worth illustrating,” he said. “That decision has meant, though, that not everyone considers The Brick Testament appropriate for all children, since the Bible is chock full of graphic violence throughout, and contains a few stories with sexual content.””
The creator, who says his life was changed by his own reading of the Bible, was hoping to encourage more people to read the whole rather than edited parts. He realized when he read the whole Bible that his Sunday School and church attendance hadn’t prepared him for what he encountered.