July 31, 2012

The Jesus Storybook Bible

One of the best books I read to my kids regularly is “The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name” by Sally Lloyd Jones. In this children’s bible, my daughters are given a Christ-centered view of the Bible.

It teaches us that the Bible is not about us but about Jesus. Having the right perspective in reading the Scripture is healthy and helpful. Sally Lloyd Jones explains to us what the Bible is in the book’s introduction.

Some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

 Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but as you’ll soon find out, most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.

 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.

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 ONE 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. Every story in the Bible whispers His name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture. 

Excerpts taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. I highly recommend that you purchase this book for your kids so that they may see the Bible with Jesus as the center.