I was recently in a Bible study with some friends and we were talking about the continuity of the Bible. One of the ladies had just heard someone talking about how all the old testament stories weren’t just separate stories, but rather all pieces of one great story, all pointing to the coming of Jesus. This was new and exciting news for her and for several in our group. Exciting to all of us, I should say, but the concept itself was newer for some of us than others.
They were wondering how could they learn more about this – where could they go to see how the Bible all works together as one great story with a unified purpose? I shared a simple little book with them and thought I should share it with you too. The Children’s Storybook Bible.
It’s actually a children’s Bible, but don’t let that scare you off. My dear friend Scott who runs my favorite coffee shop recommended it to me. He told me to read it. He said it makes him cry at night when he reads it to his kids. He said I should read it even though I don’t have kids. I figured it couldn’t hurt…and I do a lot of babysitting. Scott was right. It made me cry too.
The tagline is “every story whispers His name.” And even though it was a kids’ book, I learned a lot from it. It helped me see the Bible in a new way by simplifying some things, getting down to the essence of how God has been working to restore mankind to Himself since the moment the Fall occurred.
It was good for me, but it was GREAT for the kids I babysit. They loved it. It’s the first time the son has ever wanted me to read anything other than “All about Trucks” or planes, or tractors, or space craft or dinosaurs or insects…and he didn’t want me to stop! And as we were reading one night, he got SO excited and shouted out, “The Redeemer’s coming!!!” as we did, in fact, near the story of Jesus’ birth. He couldn’t wait for Jesus to come, because the whole book had been pointing to that moment.
www.JesusStorybookBible.com has more information, as well as curriculum (for you parenting types)! There are free downloads – short stories from the book are there in audio form (really well done!), there are videos, sample pages and curriculum (some free samples) as well! It also has links to buy the book in whatever form (or language) you like. It is available for your e-reader as well.
But you don’t take my word for it. Reviews on Amazon said this:
… Lloyd-Jones’s writing isn’t cutesy. She has a grasp of the profound. How does one explain to a child the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane, and his prayer of surrender to his Father? Lloyd-Jones does it as well as any biblical commentator….The title and subtitle are even better than the book’s delightful illustrations and narrative — because they provide, in one deft stroke, the interpretive key that unlocks the meaning of the whole Bible. ‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ says it all: The Scriptures are not merely a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons. As Jesus explained to the men walking the road to Emmaus on Resurrection Sunday, the whole Bible is about Jesus. In the words of the subtitle, every story whispers his name….Lloyd-Jones manages to show again and again the presence of Christ in all the Old Testament Scriptures, and the presence of the Old Testament Scriptures in the life of Christ.’ — Christianity Today (Christianity Today )
The Jesus Storybook Bible is, in my opinion, one of the best resources available to help both children and adults see the Jesus-centered story line of the Bible. Tullian Tchividjian , Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church — PCA, Fort Lauderdale, FL.