Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Every Story Whispers His Name

You know how it's great when the book you're reading to your kids is a book you actually enjoy reading? How you might steer the kids away from the books you can't stand and instead point out the ones that don't drive you insane? "Cat in the Hat again, Honey? How about this one instead? This one looks like a great book..."

It's even greater when the kids choose the book themselves, and that book is a beautifully written and illustrated children's Bible.

We own 5 children's Bibles...all collecting dust (yes, even the classic The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos) because either we didn't like the way they were written, or the kids didn't care for them. Until...

We recently purchased The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, and it's a gift to our family. The kids really like it, and so do I. The illustrations by Jago are beautiful and contemporary. The stories are well-written and entertaining...Sally's ability to get to the heart of the matter is amazing, and even better, she shows the link in each story, Old Testament and New, to God's plan of salvation through Christ. No over-emphasized moralism here, which is a breath of fresh air when it come to children's Bibles. Sally, who is English and currently lives here in the city, also weaves in a subtle humor which brings forth a chuckle now and then (from me and the kids both).

"Many years later, God would send his people another young Hero to fight for them. And to save them. But this hero would fight the greatest battle the world has ever known." (From "The Young Hero and The Horrible Giant," the story of David and Goliath).

Good stuff.

7 comments:

Sonny said...

I just discovered this book as well . . . it is by far the best out there to date!

Take it from the church lady! I've seen them all!

Triplet Mom said...

Love it! It's on my wish list. You are right, it is hard to find Christian Bible story books for kids without the strong moralism basis. Church lady knows.

Laurie said...

Thanks for the tip Dana. We usually buy the kids a new Bible every Christmas and we stand in the store and try to pick out a good one ... and usually strike out.

My sister does this devotional with her kids and they love it because it has all these interesting facts and ties in the Bible in a non-hokey way. 'One Year Book of Did You Know Devotions for Kids' by Tyndale House/Nancy Hill.

fig said...

I have a short attention span so I might try it for myself. I will pretend I am reading it to my granddaughters.

fig said...

Bye the way, it was good to see Steve again Easter Sunday. You will be glad to know that he looked good; clothes matched, correct belt and shoes on. His presentation was very good, except he really does need you along side as a church comedian. Judy is afraid you are lonely but I assured her you are probably shopping.

Lorraine said...

Dang, wish it had been around 10 years ago.

Ava Ligh said...

good stuff indeed.