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If you’ve never read the book of Haggai, I can tell you two things:

  1. You’re in the same boat as a majority of Bible readers. Seriously, it made my list of least-read books of the Bible.
  2. You’re missing out.

I’ll be honest: it’s not the most riveting of Bible documents. No plagues or epic visions or battles or miracles. God pretty much tells Israel, “Hey, maybe your laziness and disrespect toward Me has something to do with your less-than-awesome circumstances.” (You can read a quick overview of Haggai here.)

It’s a short, convicting book—and it’s even better with illustrations!

Laura Converse has illustrated the book of Haggai with various art pieces, and you might enjoy scrolling through some of them.

I think it’s one of her coolest collections. I have a few teasers here, but you can see the whole set of Haggai illustrations on her blog.

Pen and ink haggai A Bag with Holes laura converse art

Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. (Hag 1:5–6)

When you brought it home i blew it away

Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD. You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the LORD of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. (Hag 1:8–9)

Chalk pastel surrealism the bible haggaiThe Earth Holds Back laura converse art

Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. (Hag 1:10)

See the whole series on LauraAKranz.com.