While my husband reads the Bible to our oldest children, I try to read a “younger” Bible to my youngest two children. There is a four year age gap between the middle two, so it works well to separate their Bible time – behaviorally and for content understanding as well.
I’ve tried many Bible story books over the last ten years. Personally, I choose not to share the ones that didn’t work for me publicly.
However, my favorite, far and above any other children’s Bible is the Jesus Storybook Bible.
You might notice the writing on the cover – “Every story whispers His name.”
WOW! Isn’t that the truth? And isn’t that what we want our children to know? Jesus and the story of redemption is woven throughout the Bible. From the beginning of God’s story, in the garden (or after the garden I should say), this book reminds us that God had a plan to restore the relationship between God and man, between the Creator and the created.
From the story of Naaman, the book reminds us sin destroys our heart like leprosy destroys the skin, but God would one day send another Servant to forgive as the servant girl did. This time, it would be to “forgive all of God’s children and heal the terrible sickness in their hearts.”
I love this quote from the book, “It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far away 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.”
In the end, on the final page, we are reminded that this story, God’s story, is for all of us. It can be our story too!
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
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