Sometimes its hard to find good resources to give kids that will help them learn the right lessons, especially when it comes to teaching them the Bible and the Gospel (outside of talking vegetables).
So I want to share with you what I’ve found in a new series I’m calling “From One Parent to Another.” I would love to hear what you’ve found as well.
The first one I’ve picked because, in many ways, it’s the most obvious. When Brandi and I first saw The Jesus Storybook Bible at the bookstore (well before we were even pregnant), we knew we wanted it. And, at that point, not many people had heard of it. But now it’s the go-to children’s storybook Bible, and for good reason.
Let’s be honest here, the Bible is a hard book to understand. Because it’s not just one book, it’s 66 books written by multiple authors in different genres and over hundreds of years.
What Sally Lloyd-Jones has done has distilled the message of the Bible to its core – that everything about the Bible points to Jesus.
“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 rescues the ones 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 on 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.”
So often we make the stories of the Bible lessons in morality (Jonah teaches you to obey God) or character studies (we should be more like David), but we do a disservice when we simplify them like this – Jonah obeyed God, sure, but he was a jerk about and should we be like David? The adulterer and murderer?
I look at my daughter and I see a little legalist in the making – someone who has to have rules to follow (or break) and I don’t want her to see the Bible like that. For so many years, that’s how I saw the Bible and it hurt me.
The Jesus Storybook Bible, with its beautiful illustrations and well-told stories is a must have on every kid’s bookshelf or any adult’s for that matter.
(Fun fact: they’ve also taken the stories and animated them. Savvy loves watch the movie as well.)