Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Book Review - The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible is a children's bible that we bought a few months ago based on a few recommendations. We have read it straight through twice now and love it! Not only did I love it, but my daughters did as well.

The book declares on the cover that, "every story whispers his (Jesus') name" and as you read through the stories, He is continually revealed.

One of my favorite lines in the opening story is, "But the Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done." I have to tell you have it has taken me 30 years to finally understand this more deeply. I am so happy to have a bible that is already filling my children with this knowledge.

The focus of this story bible is that the Bible, while compromised of many smaller stories, is really telling ONE Big Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

Every single story in this book is concluded with a connection to God's ultimate plan to save His people...

Isaac carries wood up a hill with Abraham to prepare a sacrifice for God. Isaac is put on the wood until God provides a ram. Years later, another Son will climb a hill with wood on his back. He would trust His Father too and would not run away.

David defeats Goliath to save God's people. Years later God will send another hero (Jesus) to save them.

Daniel obeys God regardless of the cost. God will send another Hero who will do whatever God commands, even it if means he would die.

This bible provides the "big picture" of God's plan while relating the smaller stories of individuals and families in the bible. Our family has loved it and I wanted to share it with you.

(We previously read, "The Big Picture Storybook Bible," and loved it! The Jesus Storybook Bible has the same focus on God's plan, but includes many of the smaller stories that The Big Picture Storybook Bible left out, such as Jonah.)


Lori said...

Sounds like an awesome bible story book.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review!!!

Short Stop said...

We have been using this Bible for quite a while now at Jack's bedtime. He LOVES it! Jason just told me yesterday that even adults are now using this as a devotional because it is so powerful. It is by far the best children's Bible I have ever seen! SO glad you posted about it for others to see!

Regina said...

Thanks for the post, that bible sounds great. To bad my youngest is to old for it and my grandbaby is to young for it. Maybe I should buy it now and hold it for 3years!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Jago said...

Hi, I'm Jago, the illustrator of the Jesus Storybook Bible. Glad to see this bible is being well received!

Jennifer Wolf said...

I LOVE this Bible! We got it for my 4-year-old last Easter, and she loves it! We also purchased a copy for our church preschool, and they've begun to use it at storytime. I just love how they refer to Jesus as "The Rescuer," and how it ties together the stories of the Old and New Testament. I highly recommend it!!!!