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consider this for Christmas

November 25, 2009

I am a huge fan of Sally Lloyd-Jones’ “The Jesus Storybook Bible“.  Jana bought this for the Kids’ Ministry last year and we liked it so much that we brought it home every week and read parts of it to each other before bed.

It is not only enchantingly written and illustrated but it absolutely DRIPS with Jesus-centered theology.  It does what most adult Study Bibles fail to do: it teaches kids that Jesus is the main character of every part of the Bible.

As an example of the writing, after it tells the story of Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and the Fall that separated mankind from God, she writes…

Well, in another story, it would all be over and that would have been… THE END.

But not in this story.

God loved his children too much to let the story end there.  Even though he knew he would suffer, God had a plan– a magnificent dream.  One day, he would get his children back.  One day, he would make the world their perfect home again.  And one day, he would wipe away every tear from their eyes.

You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children– with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God’s children would miss him always, and long for him– lost children yearning for their home.

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: “It will not always be so!  I will come to rescue you!  And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake.  I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here.  I’m coming back for you!”

And he would.  One day, God himself would come…

Call me a baby… but I wept when I read that to Jana the first time.  Our children will hear it someday.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrea permalink
    November 26, 2009 1:18 am

    Love, love, love this book. The kids’ favorite story right now is David & Goliath (probably because Goliath takes up two pages!). But you’re right, every story brings up God’s character and his Son. The language is beautiful, and the stories really are good for short little attention spans. They did really well making this book!
    This mom recommends your recommendation…. lol

  2. Kelli permalink
    November 26, 2009 11:46 am

    You mentioned this book a few months ago in a blog post and I bought it online right then after reading it. The kids will get it for Christmas. Thanks for the suggestion, I appreciate it!

  3. shelley permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:43 am

    Found & bought this @Lifeway this weekend. Want to start reading it with the kids right away, but we will wait for Christmas! Thanks for the recommendation – it looks wonderful!

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