"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!"
-The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally-Lloyd Jones, illustrated by Jago
My daughter turned two this month. She got lots of nice presents from her family and friends, but I think my favorite has been this Bible. My sister shipped it to her and wrote in the front cover, "Here is a new Bible to read in the mornings with your wonderful mommy (thanks for the props, sis!). The stories are very good (They may even make your mommy cry)."
The first one did!
This children's Bible is unlike any other one I've encountered and I would heartily recommend it if you are looking for one for your young child. The author tells each story in simple language that a child can understand and always connects it back to Jesus and how He gave His life for us. Here's an excerpt from the story called "The Terrible Lie", all about Adam and Eve's disobedience to God and it's consequences:
"You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children-with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God's children would miss him always, and long for him-lost children yearning for their home. Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: "It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you....I'll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I'm coming back for you!"
Beautiful! I love how the language is easy to understand, but not "dumbed down" for kids. The illustrations are also breathtaking. My daughter especially likes the one included with Abraham's story-it has lots of stars!
Every story in this Bible has a section like the one above, connecting each smaller story to the biggest story of all: The gospel. I can't tell you how refreshing that is to me as one who struggles with moralist and legalistic tendencies. On the days that I don't get up in time to do my own Bible reading before my daughter gets up (and am probably beating myself up about that), reading a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible not only ministers to her heart: it ministers to mine! I get a shot of the gospel and the reminder that, like all the other people in the Bible and on earth, I've done nothing to earn God's favor and love-He pursued me!
My daughter and I read at least one story every morning during breakfast...most of the time more because she doesn't want me to put it away and I thank God for that! It's great to see Him already working in her little heart.
I hope and pray she is always drawn to the Greatest Story.