The Jesus Storybook Bible

My wife came home from church the other day with this book.  It was highly recommended by a couple at church that have young children as an excellent “story” Bible to read with them. 

Now, I’ve seen plenty of storybook Bibles, and for the most part I’ve been unimpressed.  They’re obviously not a “literal” translation of the Bible so generally authors can take plenty of liberties in telling the story(s) in whatever manner they choose.  I’ve not really seen one that tells the story the way I believe the Bible would have it be told.  So, you could color me skeptical at first glance.

When Julie sat down and started reading the introduction, I realized that not all storybook Bibles are created equal.  I am now eagerly looking forward to reading through this with our kids. 

With apologies to the author here is the introduction:

God wrote, “I love you” – he wrote it in the sky, and on the earth, and under the sea.  He wrote his message everywhere!  Because God created everything in his world to reflect him like a mirror – to show us what he is like, to help us know him, to make our hearts sing.

The way a kitten chases her tail.  The way red poppies grow wild.  The way a dolphin swims.

And God put it into words, too, and wrote it in a book called “the Bible.” 

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do.  The Bible certainly does have some rules in it.  They show you how life works best.  But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing.  It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy.  The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all.  They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose).  They get afraid and run away.  At times they are downright mean. 

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes.  The Bible is most of all a Story.  It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure.  It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves.  It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story.  The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.  And at the center of the Story, there is a baby.  Every Story in the Bible whispers his name.  He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece tha makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture. 

And this is no ordinary baby.  This is the Child upon whom everything would depend.  This is the Child who would one day – but wait.  Our Story starts where all good stories start.  Right at the very beginning…”

I got goosebumps just typing that last part.  What an excellent intro!  I’m not sure if the entire book will live up to that intro, but I’m definitely excited about reading through it with our kids and finding out. 

As I was listening to Julie read that the first time, all I could think about was how many Christian adults don’t even really understand what the Bible really is.  Do you?  I’m hoping this will be another great tool we have to communicate the gospel to our kids, while understanding at the same time that it is, of course, a paraphrase of the Bible and is certainly no substitute for the real thing. 

Click here to get more info about “The Jesus Storybook Bible.”


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