08 Mar 2013

The Jesus Storybook Bible

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Although each person is unique, life often serves up the same challenges. There’s an overwhelming number of resources to help you understand God’s Word and application for almost every topic, but, through full shelves of literature, occasionally one sticks out from the rest. Here, members of our church offer up recommendations for Christian books and resources in the hopes that we would all be encouraged to seek Christ in every part of life. 

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Book written by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Recommended by Pastor Young Park.

Children’s Bibles are usually no fun.  Most are too simplistic, good for only the youngest children, and doctrinally bland.  They turn the stories of Scripture into a spiritualized collection of Aesop’s Fables.

The Jesus Storybook Bible is the exception within this mess.  Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and influenced heavily by the ministry of Timothy Keller, the JSB presents the Bible as one story with one hero.  Redemption is followed from Genesis through to Revelation, and Jesus is presented as the true King and true Hero of every story.

For example, Lloyd-Jones presents an adapted version of Psalm 23, which retells the psalm with God as the good shepherd who watches and cares for his sheep.  But, at the end, she reminds us that,

Another Shepherd was coming—a greater Shepherd.  He would be called the Good Shepherd.  And this Shepherd was going to lead all of God’s lambs back to the place where they had always belonged—close to God’s heart.

The JSB is charming in its presentation, with whimsical illustrations, and thoughtful in its theological richness.  It’s greatest strength is that it reshapes the way our children see the Bible.  They come to appreciate the depth and function of the Old Testament as a preparation for the New.  And, they see in the New Testament, Christ finally come.  God’s redemptive work is clearly on display.

As a family, we’ve used it for years as a nighttime reader.  Even when our kids were toddlers, we read from this book to begin teaching them about Jesus.  As they grew older, we used the book for their Bible reading.  It’s a storybook they continue to go back to, even as they learn to study the Bible for themselves.  Truth be told, I use the JSB as a supplement in my own Bible reading and studying.

As a resource for children, or adult without children, I highly recommend the Jesus Storybook Bible.  It will change the way you understand the Bible.

Read an excerpt or purchase a copy of this book at Amazon or at the Jesus Storybook Bible website.

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