THE NEXT fifteen pages bring you the first installment of the long-awaited Bible-story book for children, written and sketched by nationally known artist Basil Wolverton. Never has there been a Bible-story book like this! It is not a disconnected series of blood-and-thunder stories without meaning or any connection with God's real Message or the Gospel. Rather, this is THE story of the whole BIBLE — starting with the original creation in the first verse of the first chapter of Genesis.
When, in this COMPLETE story of the Bible, you come to the exciting incidents of the flood, Daniel in the lion's den, David and Goliath and the many others usually made the subject of stories for children, you will understand the TRUE MEANING of these events, and their real connection with God's PURPOSE, and with the Gospel. Between the first and second verses of Genesis 1, tremendously important events occurred which are related in many other parts of the Bible. You will find a complete explanation of these events in the articles "Did God Create a Devil? (appearing in this issue) and "How Long Were the Days of Creation?" (to appear in the next issue). These form the background, and the very foundation for UNDERSTANDING of God's purpose, and His plan for mankind. They ate related here in simple, understandable, yet thrilling language, as only Basil Wolverton can write. This entire book is written in language intended primarily for children between nine and twelve — yet it will be tremendously interesting for all adults, and if parents will read it to little children as young as five, explaining it as they go, it will be understandable even to children between five and nine. We plan to publish at least eight pages of this book in each installment in The PLAIN TRUTH. At the end of some eight to twelve months the material thus far will be published in book form for those who wish to purchase this remarkable STORY OF THE BIBLE in book form. Periodically, every eight, ten or twelve months, another book will be published, as an additional volume of a set. We hope, God willing, to continue this thrilling, gripping series for several years until the story of the entire Bible — both Old and New Testaments — has been published in this interesting, easy-to-understand form. ADULTS will gain an understanding of the WHOLE BIBLE from this series such as you have never grasped before. Probably none of our readers has ever before read the continuous WHOLE story-thread of the Bible in one continuous story-flow. It will prove a new and thrilling experience. You will find it absorbingly interesting, entertaining, illuminating! Like all material published in The PLAIN TRUTH or broadcast on The WORLD TOMORROW, you will find it to be the TRUTH made Plain! Now a word about the author.
Basil Wolverton's work has been published extensively in LIFE, TIME, Pageant, and a total of fifty-eight national magazines. We believe this is outstandingly the most important work he has ever produced. We believe it is one of the most important phases of God's WORK in these last days. Basil Wolverton formerly drew comic strips for many comic books. Millions of youngsters bought these comic books on the newsstands. One day, over twenty years ago, I received my first letter from Mr. Wolverton. It stated that he had been an atheist. He had accidentally picked up The WORLD TOMORROW on his radio six months before. What I said had made him furious. He was angry because he heard things contrary to his atheistic convictions — and the worst part was that he could not refute my statements. This riled him. He made careful note of the station and the time. "I'll catch his next program, and be able to refute his religious foolishness," he resolved. But on the next broadcast, he confessed, he was more stumped than before. He could not resist listening. Finally, after six months, he wrote me this letter and told me he had at last surrendered to God, and knocked on the door and found it opened to him. CHRIST is that Door! Shortly after that I baptized him. He continued to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. He became an elder in God's Church. He has been for some years now a member of the Board of Directors of the Radio Church of God, and, since it was incorporated, a member of the Board of Trustees of Ambassador College. He now serves in God's glorious ministry, not as a preacher, but as author and artist in this remarkable STORY OF THE BIBLE for children of all ages, from five to a hundred and five!