Book Review: the Jesus Storybook Bible
“Many years later, another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust His Father adn do what his Father asked. He wouldn’t struggle or run away.
Who is He? God’s Son, his only Son – the Son He loved.
The Lamb of God.”
– from the narrative of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22)
Almost 3 years ago I was a completely overwhelmed soon to be father charged with the task of properly raising his children and showing them the truth of the Gospel. As any parent [in this situation] does I began to seek help in the form of childrens’ Bibles. I was convinced I could begin the Westminister [shorter] catechism after their first birthday and my wife was truly worried. We were given a slew of childerens’ Bibles and resources that over the last couple years and I have throughly frustrated with the vast majority of them, even to the point of taking a sharpy to a few of them because they were heterodox (to say the least).
With the birth of our second child a close friend (who had heard many a rant on the insufficiencies of children resources) purchased a certain children’s Bible for our kids. This friend has been a wonderful resource in the past, so even though our kids have no shortage of Bible books, we went ahead and added this to their repertoire. I can now excitedly say that The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name has been wonderful for the kids and for us, too.
One of the unique things about this version that I love is the Introduction. Sally Lloyd-Jones, who developed The Jesus Storybook Bible, takes time to explain to readers what the Bible is and what the bible is not. They go on to explain the misunderstandings that “some people think the Bible is a book of rules…but the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing.” They continue, “Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes” but explain that most of them have major flaws. This all leads up to one of my favorite excerpts:
“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!”
This has been one of the most creative resources I’ve read for children. It’s filled with magnificent and thoughtful illustrations and it doesn’t just help us teach our children the Bible, it teaches them how to read the Bible and how we fit into God’s story. What a wonderful gift to give our kids! simply put parents, this resource is the single best I have seen to help kids discover the BIG PICTURE of the Bible.
If you have kids, want kids, think about kid, know people who have kids, work with of for kids please purchase this book.