While I don’t have children myself yet, I do have a cute little nephew named Benjamin who just turned one. So, his doting uncle and aunt had to go out and purchase him a gift for his first birthday party this Saturday. It took very little diliberation to choose Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Any of you out there who have sought to purchase children’s Bible books will know they tend toward the moralistic. For instance, David was brave in the face of unbelievable odds and therefore we should be like David. While there may be some value in some of these things, we should be wary of this approach to Scripture. The reality is, we need to begin young with our children to make sure they are approaching Scripture correctly and understanding the grand sweeping themes from Genesis to Revelation and the wonderful dramatic progress of redemption contained within. Too many adults lack this basic understanding of the Scriptures, so we as parents (or uncles!) need to help our children early. The subtitle of this book helps to clarify its’ intention, Every story whispers his name. This book is about Jesus. And not just the narrative of the Gospels. But right from the creation story to the book of Revelation, this wonderful story book with beautiful illustrations highlights how all of Scripture speaks of and points to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I even heard it said this volume has better theology (and certainly a better biblical-theological approach to Scripture) than most theology books written for adults!
What’s even better is that this book is coming out in a new deluxe edition with an audio CD so children can follow along with the words being read when you’re not able to read it to them. Check out the website here for more information.
Overall, this affordable, high quality hardcover children’s Jesus storybook is fantastic. Quality illustrations, engaging story (I particularly like the leading questions Lloyd-Jones asks in each story for the children), and the effort to present the grand sweeping story of the progress of redemption as centered on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This pastor, uncle, and soon-to-be parent, cannot more highly recommend this wonderful storybook which makes much of Christ for little ears, eyes, minds, and souls!