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Worthy Word Wednesday: My FAVORITE Bible Story Book for Kids

on August 28, 2013

{On Wednesdays, I share from a book, blog, or other resource some “worthy words.” I love to read, but my time for reading has been much decreased since the birth of my first child. I am encouraged when I am able to read snippets of precious truth as I come across them. Hopefully these few words will encourage your heart, as well as give you a resource for fuller reading as your time allows.}

ImageI love The Jesus Storybook Bible! When my son, Calvin, was 5 months old, I asked for this book for Christmas. I started reading this to him every night. You can imagine how many times I’ve read it! Calvin just turned 3 this summer, and I love seeing the comprehension starting to dawn in his eyes. I’ve recently tried to more consistently read to my daughter Mackenna, as well, who is one.

Sally Lloyd-Jones does an amazing job re-telling the Bible stories. She points to Christ throughout the stories, and she consistently reminds us of God’s “Never Stopping, Never Giving up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”

Jago illustrated the book, and the illustrations are just phenomenal. You will enjoy them as much as your kids! It is just such a great book!!

Tonight we will be (once again!) at the story of Christ’s crucifixion. If the story of Christ’s death is not enough to make you cry, imagine it being meaningfully retold for a child. I cry every time I read this story to Calvin. Sometimes my husband has to come in and finish the story.

Here’s a taste of the crucifixion story:

            They nailed Jesus to the cross.

            “Father, forgive them,” Jesus gasped.”They don’t understand what they’re doing.”

            “You say you’ve come to rescue us!” people shouted. “But you can’t even rescue yourself!”

            But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side – if he’d called.

            “If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!” they said.

            And of course they were right. Jesus could have just climbed down. Actually, he could have just said a word and made it all stop. Like when he healed that little girl. And stilled the storm. And fed 5,000 people.

            But Jesus stayed.

            You see, they didn’t understand. It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus there. It was love.

            “Papa?” Jesus cried, frantically searching the sky. “Papa? Where are you? Don’t leave me!”

            And for the first time – and the last –when he spoke, nothing happened. Just a horrible endless silence. God didn’t answer. He turned away from his Boy.

            Tears rolled down Jesus’ face. The face of the One who would wipe away every tear from every eye. . . .

            The full force of the storm of God’s fierce anger at sin was coming down. On his own Son. Instead of his people. It was the only way God could destroy sin, and not destroy his children whose hearts were filled with sin.

            Then Jesus shouted out in a loud voice, “It is finished!”

            And it was. He had done it. Jesus had rescued the whole world.

 

 I can’t even type that out without tearing up! I remember one of my sweet little nieces standing behind me one day as I read that story to Calvin. The tears streamed down her face as she heard of Jesus’ great love for her. So good!

I hope you will try this book out for your children. It will be good for you and them! You can buy it on Amazon.

What Bible storybooks have you liked for your children? Why do you like the one(s) you have?

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8 responses to “Worthy Word Wednesday: My FAVORITE Bible Story Book for Kids

  1. Linda Huffstutler says:

    I’ m so glad you read to Calvin and Mackenna. I pray that they will hear and respond to the Holy Spirit as soon as they can understand!

  2. Sarah says:

    They have a curriculum as well, we just started using it in homeschooling! Love it..

  3. Stacy says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, too! (http://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Make-Your-Heart-Sing/dp/0310721636)

    Sarah, I’m not sure if you’re referring to the Children Desiring God curriculum, but if so I love their material.

    Holly, we use the Children Desiring God curriculum for our Wednesday evening program and I think Inter-City uses it for their Sunday School. It’s great because there are various age ranges; however, the lessons are easy to adapt for a younger or older group. I love that the lessons are God-centered — a very difficult thing to find in most published children’s material.

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Stacy! I’m definitely going to look into Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, too!

      The curriculum Sarah is referring to is actually Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum from what I saw on Amazon.

      I had looked into the Desiring God curriculum for our SS, but it didn’t quite fit the budget yet. We are doing The ABC Answers in Genesis. I’ll have to let you know what I think!

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