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Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name Kindle Edition
The Jesus Storybook Bible invites you and your children into the story of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. This heartfelt, children’s Bible storybook, which has impacted over 3 million families, introduces children to God’s wonderful story, and the Savior at the center of that story.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is very different from every other kids’ Bibles. While other kids’ Bibles contain stories from the Old and New Testaments, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will clearly see that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation—and at the center of their story too. Every story whispers His Name.
The Jesus Storybook Bible:
- Is beautifully written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones
- Is whimsically illustrated by award-winning artist Jago
- Presents the best-loved stories of the Bible in an easy-to-understand format
- Contains 21 stories from the Old Testament and 23 stories from the New Testament
- Visually brings Scripture to life for children
- Makes an ideal gift for Christmas, Easter, and other gift giving occasions
Look for more titles in the Jesus Storybook Bible collection:
- The Jesus Storybook Bible: A Christmas Collection
- The board books Found, Near, and Loved
- The Jesus Storybook Bible Coloring Book
- The Story of God's Love for You, which presents the Jesus Storybook Bible text for adults
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Text Only Edition
The stories you love from The Jesus Storybook Bible are available in a text only edition.
Padded Board Books
Little ones will fall in love with these padded cover board books based on The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Each story from The Jesus Storybook Bible comes to life through animation and is presented in DVD format or digital download.
This kit contains 44 lessons with activities, notes for teachers, memory verses, handouts and more. Each lesson invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures.
“I LOVE to give people The Jesus Storybook Bible because from the very first chapter it paints a powerful picture of God’s epic love for each one of us. Sally Lloyd-Jones has a unique way of inviting the reader, young or old, to dive in and discover for themselves the truth and hope of the greatest story ever told.” – Amy Grant
“I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian–from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God’s revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning–a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.” – Dr. Timothy Keller, NYC (Dr. Timothy Keller)
“Sharing the Gospel with The Jesus Storybook Bible has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.” – Ann Voskamp
“The Jesus Storybook Bible is as theological as it is charming… a very grown up children’s Bible.” – Christianity Today
'Sharing the Gospel with The Jesus Storybook Bible has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.' -- Ann Voskamp
'I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian--from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God's revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning--a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.' -- Dr. Timothy Keller
'The Jesus Storybook Bible is unlike any other storybook. True, that's to be expected when you combine the mesmerizing illustrations of Jago and the award-winning writing of Sally Lloyd-Jones, a Brit with an uncanny knack for storytelling.' -- More to Life Magazine
'The Jesus Storybook Bible is as theological as it is charming... a very grown up children's Bible.' -- 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. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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The Jesus Storybook BibleEvery Story Whispers His NameBy Sally Lloyd-Jones
ZondervanCopyright © 2009 Sally Lloyd-Jones
All right reserved.
Chapter One"Hello Birds!" God said. And with a fluttering and flapping and chirping and singing, birds filled the skies. "Hello Fish!" God said. And with a darting and dashing and wriggling and splashing, fish filled the seas! "You're good," God said. And they were.
Then God said, "Hello Animals!" And everyone came out to play. The earth was filled with noisy noises - growling and gobbling and snapping and snorting and happy skerfuffling. "You're good," God said. And they were.
God saw all that he had made and he loved them. And they were lovely because he loved them.
But God saved the best for last. From the beginning God had a shining dream in his heart. He would make people to share his forever happiness. They would be his children and the world would be their perfect home.
So God breathed life into Adam and Eve.
When they opened their eyes, the first thing they ever saw was God's face. He whispered their names to them and taught them who they were.
And when God saw them he was like a new dad. "You look like me," he said. "You're the most beautiful thing I've ever made!"
God loved them with all of his heart. And they were lovely because he loved them.
And Adam and Eve joined in the Song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful Song of love to the one who made them. Their hearts were filled with happiness. And nothing ever made them sad or lonely or sick or afraid.
God looked at everything he had made. "Perfect!" he said. And it was.
But all the stars and the mountains and oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move Heaven and Earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them.
And so it was that the wonderful love story began ...
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- ASIN : B00GLLP7TG
- Publisher : Zonderkidz; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2012)
- Publication date : September 4, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 15784 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
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- Print length : 352 pages
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"God saw all that he had made and he loved them. And they were lovely because he loved the. But God saved the best for last. From the beginning, God had a shining dream in his heart. He would make people to share his Forever Happiness. They would be his children, and the world would be their perfect home. So God breathed life into Adam and Eve. When they opened their eyes, the first thing they ever saw was God's face. And when God saw them he was like a new dad. "You look like me," he said. "You're the most beautiful thing I've ever made!""
"Just trust me,' the serpent whispered. 'You don't need God. One smal taste, that's all, and you'll be happier than you could ever dream...' Eve picked up the fruit and ate some. And Adam ate some, too. And a terrible lie came into the world. It would never leave. It would live on in every human heart, whispering to everyone one of God's children: 'God doesn't love me.'"
It gets better later on in the book, but there's just too much added in the way of emotions, particularly on God's part, for me to feel comfortable. And I understand what the author was trying to do. She was trying to make the Bible personal to children with an angle that points toward Christ, a desire I applaud. But that doesn't mean we can twist the Bible to say things it doesn't say. I'll be sending it back and buying something that's a little less creative.
First of all, there are children's Bibles like the Read With Me Bible that are simply bland. Granted, toddlers are not going to pick up on every nuance of a story from the Bible, but the Read With Me Bible often chooses the wrong points to emphasize, entirely leaving out important points of narrative along the way. One story simply lists miracles Jesus did with no context, failing to communicate that Jesus' miracles actually anticipate and begin to realize a new world, a world where God's Kingdom and rule are breaking into the world in a new and exciting way. Now, children obviously won't grasp the entirety of this message (indeed, even the most mature Christian is still growing in their understanding) but Jesus is more than a magician, he is more than simply amazingly powerful, so why drain the miracle stories of their power? If salt loses its saltiness, what is it good for?
Next, there are children's Bibles that don't simply drain the Scriptures of their power, but that actually wrongly interpret the Scriptures in horrifying ways. Two examples from The Story For Little Ones. The story of Samson says that Samson did everything God wanted him to do. This simply displays a level of ignorance about the story of Samson that is beyond belief for someone writing (interpreting) a Bible for children! Samson disobeys God at every turn, and the end of his story is that of a man so consumed by hate and revenge (and who does revenge belong to, by the way?) that he is willing to kill himself to destroy HIS (not God's!) enemies! The point is that the best God has to work with to rescue Israel is someone as corrupt as Samson, yet God is able to use even Samson to rescue His undeserving people! Consider also the end of the Bible, the book of Revelation. In The Story For Little Ones, the end of Scripture is that Jesus will return and take us away from this world and we'll live with him forever. This is exactly what Revelation does not say. Now, I'm not a dispensationalist, nor do I believe in a rapture, but that isn't the doctrine I'm criticizing here. At the end of the book of Revelation, the new Jerusalem descends out of heaven to earth, precisely because the Christian hope is resurrection, not going to heaven when you die (that's what happens to those who die before Christ's return, who go to be with Jesus in paradise). God's goal is not for His people to escape the world, but instead God is working to redeem and recreate the world. That is why Romans 8:22 speaks of the creation groaning as in the pains of childbirth, waiting for the revealing of the sons of God.
Okay, finally on to The Jesus Storybook Bible. This Bible works to explain the big idea, and big picture of the Scriptures at every turn. The focus is on God's love for the lost, the great problem of sin, and the great hope we have in Christ. So, for example, the story of the Exodus is told not as the story of God's great magic show, but instead on the great, mighty, and terrifying rescue of God's people from their slavery, pointing forward also to humanity's slavery to sin and coming rescue in Jesus. That is why the subtitle to this Bible is "Every Story Whispers His Name." Every story anticipates the coming of Jesus and the great rescue he brings to those who put their faith in him. This is a great Reformed concept, and a great Reformed work for children (I am an evangelical Presbyterian, by the way).
Now is this Bible perfect? No, and no translation is, much less a paraphrase. Other have commented on some of the shortcomings of this Bible. Sometimes the language and tone is a bit casual, although casual doesn't necessarily mean disrespectful. Every story doesn't say as much as it could, although this is a strength rather than a weakness for a paraphrase (See: The Message). Not all of the theology expressed in the paraphrase matches perfectly with my own, but I see that as a teaching opportunity rather than a fatal flaw, not to mention that I think children should know early on that there are many ideas in the world, and not all of them are equally valid, and certainly not all of them are true. But again, the strength of this Bible is that it gets the story right, interpreting the main idea correctly and always pointing toward Jesus.
As a pastor, I felt that this was more a book about God than a children’s bible. The things the book was saying are grounded in Scripture properly but it’s not a Bible. It’s a book about God- the author takes major liberties with the stories (which I don’t necessarily have a problem with because they are acceptable conclusions to come to but it needs said that it is not a Bible). It is a children’s book about God.