The beautiful line drawings of Annie Vallotton

The work of artist Annie Vallotton. This must be an awkward verse for those Christians who say the Bible must always be interpreted "literally."

Happiness comes in Amazon boxes! I bought a few books and decided I needed, at long last, the Good News Bible, also called Today’s English Version—now usually referred to as the Good News Translation (GNT) to communicate that it’s an actual translation, not a paraphrase.

These were scattered all over the youth department when I was growing up.

It originally came packaged as “The Good News for Modern Man,” with several newspaper mastheads printed on it—for a “ripped from today’s headlines” feel. The publisher’s effort to make the Bible sound “relevant” and contemporary in its day seems hopelessly quaint today. (For one thing, no one uses the word “man” to refer to both men and women anymore.) I’m sure there’s a lesson there for those of us who plan and lead contemporary worship!

The GNB, while no longer popular amidst the glut of contemporary English translations and paraphrases crowding the shelves, is still a well regarded translation that has been widely embraced among Protestants of all stripes and Catholics. But I mostly wanted it for its famously beautiful line art, by Swiss artist Annie Vallotton. I read somewhere that she’s the most widely published artist in history, simply because of the popularity of the GNB back in the ’70s.

Vallotton’s work is a treasure, and I’m glad that even recent editions of the GNB continue to include it. These drawings have aged very well!

3 thoughts on “The beautiful line drawings of Annie Vallotton”

  1. Hi Brent. Yes, her art is wonderful. We had the GNB in the pews when I was a kid, and a quick image googling of Vallotton’s name brings back memories of many worship hours spent perusing her pictures. A great memory.Thanks for pointing them out for me again!


  2. I was given a copy of this Bible, about 1979. I read it so much that it fell apart and I had to purchase a new one. I couldn’t get that one so bought the next edition, 1984, which I still have. It’s in a bit better shape than the first one and sits on my shelf to remind me of God’s goodness.

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