When I was a senior in high school, I received a hardcover copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. It’s a classic, and one that I think many graduates receive. However, in all the years of reading this book, I haven’t read any quite like mine. Why, you ask? It’s simple. My copy of the book has Bible verses that correspond to the story handwritten on every page to create a Biblical version of Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
My gift was from Steve and Anita Mueller. Years ago, they were members at our church in San Antonio. I remember going over to their house during late church, so we could play while my Pastor Dad preached and my organist Mom played for another service. Eventually, the Muellers moved away but we kept in touch enough that Mom and Dad wanted me to send them a graduation announcement. When I received this book from them, I was touched to see Anita’s beautiful calligraphy on every page of this story – from the inside cover to the very end.
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The Bible verses correspond perfectly to the text. On every page, incorporated into the pictures, I discovered Bible verses such as this.
Or tucked in above the hills like this.
Or hidden between waiting people like this.
What amazed me about this gift is the thought and the time that was put into this gift. Oh, the Places You’ll Go is a great book for graduates, but the addition of matching Bible verses makes this a perfect book for Christian graduates. I have read this book to my students at the end of the year. I, myself, have created this gift for graduates because I cannot think of a more touching graduation gift. In fact, I just made this book for some of my first Kindergarten students who graduate from eighth grade this week.
When I have shared this book with others, they always express amazement at the idea. I don’t know where Anita got this idea, but I know that I have yet to see it anywhere else. For that reason, I am sharing this Biblical version of Oh, the Places You’ll Go with you today. Most of the Bible verses are in English Standard Version (ESV) with one or two in New International Version (NIV) when the wording fits better. You could certainly use a different version, if you prefer.
I typed a list of all the verses, as well as the beginning words for each page. There is generally one Bible verse for each open set of two pages. Does that make sense? You can write the verse on either of the pages. Look at the top of picture of “Thy Word…” to see what I mean. I think it looks nicest when the books are incorporated to the pictures, as I showed in some of the above images.
I recommend you use an acid-free pen like this one, much like you would use for scrapbooking. This ensures your Bible verses will not fade on the pages. Anita created my book in a simple calligraphy. All the above pictures are of books that I have created. As you can see, I just use a simple (and neat) manuscript handwriting.
Feel free to print and use this pdf file of all the Bible verses to create your own special Biblical version of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! If you use different Bible verses, I’d love to hear which ones you use! I pray that this gift will be a blessing to many – just as it was to me.
You can also purchase an updated pdf file of all the Bible verses – with pictures – to show you exactly where I write each verse on the page. If you want the extra guidance of exactly where and how to write the verses, this download is for you. You can purchase this file for $3 on this page.
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