Blog Tour Review: The Olive Tree by Christine Layton Graham, Joan Layton Merrell, and Carol Layton Ogden

Olive Tree blog tour

The Olive Tree: An Artistic AdaptationThe Olive Tree
An Artistic Adaptation
by Christine Layton Graham, Joan Layton Merrell, and Carol Layton Ogden
Christian, LDS Nonfiction
Hardcover, 36 Pages
March 10th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Savor a unique scriptural experience with this beautiful book that combines text adapted from Jacob 5 with stunning artwork and calligraphy. A gorgeous addition to any LDS home, it will enhance your understanding of the exquisite symbolism in this significant story.

My Review

Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are familiar with the scriptural story of The Olive Tree. It is a story that can be re-read multiple times and each time new meaning or understanding can be gleamed. I thought the idea of having a illustrated version was interesting and something I would love to share with my kids.

The calligraphy is very pretty and in different colors, which I'm still on the fence about. For children the different colors would be good, but as an adult I wanted the page to have the same colored text. I liked the illustrations and would have liked more of them. They were interesting and definitely helped to engage the reader more than the text alone. The text stays fairly true to the original, though simplified and shortened. It's a story I've always enjoyed. The book is something that I can read with my kids and definitely a good discussion opener. Overall, The Olive Tree was a beautiful book while also being an enjoyable read and one we can pick up on occasion to read again.

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Cedar Fort, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors

Christine Layton Graham is a writer, editor, and college English instructor living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her books include When Pioneer Wagons Rumbled West, Three Little Robbers, and Peter Peter Picks a Pumpkin House. She has also had pieces published in the New Era and the Friend. You can learn more about Christine's work at

Joan Layton Merrell is a professional calligrapher and fiber artist living in Jefferson City, Missouri. She has exhibited regionally and has been represented by galleries in two states. Her calligraphic art has been published in Letter Arts Review andThe Calligrapher's Engagement Calendar. Learn more about Joan's calligraphy at

Carol Layton Ogden is an artist living in Springville, Utah. Carol studied design at BYU. In recent years she has studied under a variety of artists, including Ann Kullberg and J.K. Richards.

1 comment

  1. PuffyBiggler3/29/15, 7:10 PM

    I do judge books by their covers, and I can tell this one is a keeper. The cover is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


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