The Jesus Storybook Bible

March 4, 2008

Christianity Today has a review of the children’s book The Jesus Storybook Bible. Personally, I believe that anyone who has children should own this book. Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, this work is a profoundly wholistic view of the redemptive story written in a way that will stir up faith and hope in both children and adults. Lloyd-Jones does a superb job weaving the redemptive narrative of the Scriptures into every story as she creatively depicts the need of humanity for rescue as revealed in the Scriptures. As the author of the reviews in CT writes, Lloyd-Jones has an uncanny ability to grasp the profound and bring it down to a level that moves both child and adult.

How does one explain to a child the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane, and his prayer of surrender to his Father? Lloyd-Jones does it as well as any biblical commentator:

“Papa! Father!” Jesus cried. And he fell to the ground. “Is there any other way to get your children back? To heal their hearts? To get rid of the poison?” … . Violent sobs shook Jesus’ whole body. Then Jesus was quiet. Like a lamb. “I trust you, Papa,” he said. “Whatever you say, I will do.”

Jago’s drawings of the scene moved me to tears. I can only imagine what it will be like to sit with the book open to this scene, a child at my side, and try to read it aloud.

 Don’t wait for Christmas! Buy this book and begin planting gospel seeds in the hearts of every reader in your home.

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