Loved by millions the world over, the art of Greg Olsen evokes emotion, wonder, and peace. In the pages of this touching book, art and inspiring words combine to tell the simple, but true, message — we are all children of God.
About the Authors
Michael Nelson enjoys both writing and design aspects of a book. He and his wife, Wendy, combined their efforts to create their first children’s book, My CTR Ring. The Nelson’s live in Clinton, Utah with their five children. He is currently pursuing a degree in English.
Wendy Nelson enjoys both writing and design aspects of a book. She and her husband, Michael, combined their efforts to create their first children’s book, My CTR Ring. The Nelson’s live in Clinton, Utah with their five children.
The art of Greg Olsen illuminates the soul and spirit of its subjects and uplifts the hearts and minds of its viewers. Olsen’s diverse interests are deftly demonstrated in oil paintings that range from the realistic and historical to the whimsical. His luminous, delicate portraits capture not only his subject’s likeness, but their spirit as well. Landscapes of scenes from America and the world over reflect the perfect beauty of the minds eye.
Born in 1958, Olsen was raised in a farming community in rural Idaho. His parents, artists themselves, recognized and encouraged his early love of drawing. Later, the devoted tutelage of a high school teacher cemented his affinity and enhanced his technical ability. After studying illustration at Utah State University, he was hired as an in-house illustrator in Salt Lake City, working on anything from murals and dioramas to simple paste-up. Two years later, he followed a friend’s advice and began painting full-time. Sales from his first show only just covered the cost of refreshments and invitations, but yielded the first of many commissions that were to come.
Greg’s philosophy on art is quite simple. “I appreciate the beauty of art and the way it makes me feel,” he says. “I believe that art has the potential to heal our souls, inspire our hearts and awaken our minds. I hope these images will bring this experience to all who view them.”
by Customer - reviewed on September 18, 2008
My son loves the song "I am a Child of God" and enjoys looking at this book during sacrament meeting. The only comment I have is that there are more 'girly' pictures than boyish ones, but my son still loves to look at it.
loved by older children too!
by Mary - reviewed on November 07, 2008
I noticed most the reviews so far dealt with toddlers. My older children ages 8 and 5 really enjoy looking through this book. Sometimes I read it to them and sometimes I have to gently tug it out of their hands after they've fallen asleep with it.
Beautiful, inspired, and the favorite!
by Tracy - reviewed on May 25, 2005
The pictures are beautiful, the text is inspired, and its my 13-month-old's favorite book. I feel the Spirit every time I read it to her. I wish there were more books like it.
I (Mom) love this book!
by Jane - reviewed on September 16, 2010
A beautiful little board book with a beautiful message.
by Customer - reviewed on November 20, 2008
The Whimsical, yet realistic pictures hold our children's attention. They love to look at it at church. I love the song, thus I love the words of the book. I also like the last page that has the lyrics written.
How I love this book.
by Holly - reviewed on October 14, 2008
Glorious paintings. My older have adored this book since they were just tots. I have begun reading it to our infant daughter too. An invaluable message to instill in children while they are tender enough to receive it. A must have!
by Laura - reviewed on November 05, 2008
my 2 yr old really likes this book. After reading it to her, we started playing the song in the car. It helps them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the primary songs that they can incorperate later on with the hymns