Learning the Centrality of the Gospel
October 15, 2008, 6:09 am
Filed under: family, gospel, parenting

So Isaiah has this great children’s bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible, that has to be the best children’s bible I’ve ever come across.  So many children’s bibles address the stories of the bible simply in a moralistic sense, where the bible simply becomes a book of “do’s and don’ts” and “be like so-and-so” or “don’t be like such-and-such”.  But the bible is so much more than that.  From beginning to end, it is all about the good news of Jesus Christ.  It reveals Him.

The Jesus Storybook Bible “gets it”.  The subtitle of the book is Every Story Whispers His Name.  Listen to this excerpt at the very beginning :

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.
Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.
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!
You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day – but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning…

I’m hoping and praying that as my children read this bible, they will be able to see Christianity not as a dead religion consisting of all the rules that they must “do”, but instead as a living relationship with Christ built upon all that He has “done”.

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Hi Reggie

I’m the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible and I came across your blog via a google alert thing and thought I’d stop by and say Hi.

Thank you very much for your review–I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book. It’s God’s Wonderful Story–and i’m so honored and humbled to have had a small part in retelling it for children. (Of all ages!)

(The photograph of Isaiah reading is just SO SO great. What a great expression. And what an encouragement for me to see! So thank you for sharing it!) (Actually, dast year Dan Cruver, did a whole series of people reading the book with their children. This one would have been cool to add. Here’s the link if you’re interested: here.

(Reggie, I don’t know if you’d be up for this, but I would love to use the photo with your permission on my website or blog. I have pictures of children reading my books. And this is one of the best! Let me know what you think.)

Anyway, my best to you (and most of all Isaiah) and thanks again!

Sally
http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com

PS Reggie, you and Isaiah may be interested to know about some cool resources on my site connected with the book, including audio of me reading the stories, downloadable stories, interviews and reviews–as well as other new children’s books

(And for events, other news, etc. there’s this public page too:
here.

Comment by sally lloyd-jones

haha p.reggie.
isaiah is famous :]

Comment by peter kim




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