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Whether children are reading to you or with you, this
larger format, read-aloud edition of the Jesus Storybook
Bible
—trusted and treasured for over a
decadehas been purposefully designed for one reason: to
help God’s Word
stick.
 

The storybook Bible that
has captured the hearts of millions of readers young and old has been
written, illustrated, and formatted with shared reading time in mind.
Parents, grandparents, pastors, and teachers, that means one of the most
treasured children’s Bibles ever created is also one the most
trusted Bibles to help children read-aloud and remember the truths of
Scripture. 

Featuring the beautiful prose of New York
Times
bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and the award-winning
art of Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible, Read-Aloud Edition
tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, inviting children
to join in the greatest of all adventures. 

As they read
aloud or listen along, boys and girls will discover for themselves that
Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation—and at
the center of their story too. It’s not just Bible reading
… it’s an unforgettable Bible experience.

The
Jesus Storybook Bible
, Read-Aloud Edition:

  • Is
    beautifully written by New York Times bestselling author Sally
    Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by award-winning artist
    Jago
  • Captures all the unforgettable prose and illustrations of
    the phenomenally successful Jesus Storybook Bible and presents
    it in a larger format, read-aloud edition
  • Invites children to
    discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story
    of salvation—and at the center of their story too

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Reviews for The Jesus Storybook Bible, Read-Aloud Edition: Every Story Whispers His Name:

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February 19, 2015

Interesting perspectives but HERETICAL in its presentation of the Trinity
Although I was hesitant to get the book because of the negative reviews, I read a few excerpts and was impressed enough with the drawings and the whimsical style of the writing that thought I would try it anyway. After all, I figured, a little poetic license is sometimes used even by preachers to liven up a Bible story. However, after reading just two stories, I became seriously uncomfortable.

- Some additions are reasonable. For example, in the story of Naaman from 2 Kings 5, the author spent a whole page describing the background of the slave girl, how Naaman had killed her whole family, took her to Syria, and made her into his slave. The author mentions the girl crying herself to sleep and struggling with helping someone she hated. Of course all of this narrative was made up. The scripture only mentions her background in one sentence: "At this time, Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman's wife as a maid." This should give you an idea of the poetic license the author takes. In this particular story, I didn't think it was too bad. It actually brought up a point we my have missed in the Biblical narrative and gives us a different perspective.

- Some changes are so far off that this book could be considered heretical. One particular issue that is most concerning is that it paints a wrong picture of the Trinity (that God exists eternally as Father, Son and Spirit). It starts with the retelling of the Christmas narrative in Luke 2. The star appears, and "God put it there when his baby Son was born... You see, God was like a new daddy... He's here! He's come! Go and see him. My little Boy." As I read this to my daughter, I actually stopped. I felt very uncomfortable. Jesus actually said that he existed before creation (John 8:58). Yet, by emphasizing Jesus as GOD'S BABY this story leads kids to see Jesus as a creation; he is like any baby. Moreover, by stating that he is God's baby, the author inadvertently implies that JESUS IS NOT GOD himself. He is just God's baby. The author wrote, "God's Son has been born," in contrast to the scriptures that state, "The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - had been born" (NLV). Theologically, the Son was born, not God's Son. The Son is God. So it is more accurate to say that God the Son was born.

The Trinity is also misrepresented in the retelling of the Last Supper. The author quotes Jesus: "'I won't be with you long' he said. 'You are going to be very sad. But God's Helper will come. And then you'll be filled up with a Forever Happiness that won't ever leave.'" This was an opportunity to for the author to explain a little bit about the Trinity, as Jesus does in John 14. But the author fails to clarify this important aspect of the Christian faith. We have to be careful when we try to simplify things because we risk simplifying God and who he is. In this case, the author removed the divine nature of the Spirit and referred to him as a helper who comes to make us happy. In contrast, Jesus said that the Spirit "lives with you now and later will be in you" (John 14:17). God himself will be in us - not just a feeling of happiness (I suspect most kids will not notice the capitals). The misrepresentation of God by this book is a serious issue.

To sum up, while there are some interesting perspectives that can be gained by reading this book, there is a grave danger of being led into theologically inaccurate ideas, especially about who God is. I definitely do not recommend it for children.
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June 22, 2016

Removes all the reverence of scripture
Ugh, just yuck. From the first few lines of this book we could tell it was awful. As many of the other reviews have said, this childrens bible is simply flooded with inaccuracy and waters down the truth of what the actual bible says. The little quips and jabs to make it humorous and more childlike have removed all the reverence of the bible. It makes it out to be more of a fictional fairy tale feel. Why do people think you must talk down to a child to help them understand? Untrue! We received this as a gift recently from a family member but we won't be keeping it in our house.
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January 20, 2016

Biblically inaccurate
Can't really recommend this book, as it takes a lot of artistic freedom with God's Word. In many of the stories there are added elements that do not reflect scripture accurately. If you value biblical truth, I would suggest reading through some of the stories before purchasing it. Its inaccuracies verge on irresponsible, and it is sad that it is geared toward children, who generally don't know any better.
5

May 25, 2010

My friend, Julie's review:

As a teacher, I have seen dozens of children's Bibles. I have never been impressed, really, preferring the real thing to the cheesy, cartoony pages of children's Bibles. Until now. Through one of my favorite singer/songwriters, I have come across The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I teared up when I read the first pages. And now, I have purposed to buy it for every child's birthday or baby shower that comes across my calendar. (Sorry to spoil the surprise My friend, Julie's review:

As a teacher, I have seen dozens of children's Bibles. I have never been impressed, really, preferring the real thing to the cheesy, cartoony pages of children's Bibles. Until now. Through one of my favorite singer/songwriters, I have come across The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I teared up when I read the first pages. And now, I have purposed to buy it for every child's birthday or baby shower that comes across my calendar. (Sorry to spoil the surprise for all of my friends out there awaiting gifts) I have read most of the book, and it's honest, clever, thoughtful, and definitely kid-friendly. Every story points to Jesus. "Every story whispers his name," the title truthfully claims. The Pharisees are referred to as Extra-Super-Holy-People. I mean, what kid wouldn't understand that? So this is just my little recommendation to you. Take it or leave it. But I hope you will take it. If I tag you in this note, it's because I think you are a good parent or you love kids. :) Here's an excerpt from the beginning of the book...

God wrote, "I love you"- he wrote it in the sky, and on the earth, and under the sea. He wrote his message everywhere! Because God created everything in his world to reflect him like a mirror- to show us what is is like, to help us know him, to make our hearts sing.

The way a kitten chases her tail. The way red poppies grow wild. The way a dolphin swims.

And God put it into words, too, and wrote it in a book called "the Bible."

Now, 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 leave 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 the puzzle - the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.

And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day - but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning...

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May 15, 2015

Don't buy it!!
It's not biblical sound.
5

Oct 04, 2008

I love every aspect of this Bible. The illustrations by Jago are both charming and intriguing. There are about fifty stories, a good balance. The text itself is exactly what I want my children to hear, theologically. I love this line from the very first chapter. "The Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done." AMEN.

The subtitle is "Every Story Whispers His Name" and indeed, every story does. "No, the Bible isn't a book of rules, or a book of I love every aspect of this Bible. The illustrations by Jago are both charming and intriguing. There are about fifty stories, a good balance. The text itself is exactly what I want my children to hear, theologically. I love this line from the very first chapter. "The Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done." AMEN.

The subtitle is "Every Story Whispers His Name" and indeed, every story does. "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... 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."

She goes on to say that the center of the story is a baby who is like the missing piece to a puzzle that makes all the other pieces fit together, and to reveal the beautiful picture. She stays true to this aim, pointing to Christ with every story, helping children to see the whispers of redemption through it all. If you buy just one Children's Story Bible, I'd commend this one to you.
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Nov 01, 2011

I am frequently dissatisfied with children’s Bibles, which may be why I acquire so many. I keep hoping the next one will compensate for the deficiencies of the last. I have one I chose because the vocabulary, for a change, wasn’t too dumbed down; one I chose because the pictures, for a change, were actually Semitic in appearance (no blonde, Anglo-Saxon Jesus in that one); one I chose because the stories weren’t overly sanitized; one I chose because it included more stories than most. This one, I am frequently dissatisfied with children’s Bibles, which may be why I acquire so many. I keep hoping the next one will compensate for the deficiencies of the last. I have one I chose because the vocabulary, for a change, wasn’t too dumbed down; one I chose because the pictures, for a change, were actually Semitic in appearance (no blonde, Anglo-Saxon Jesus in that one); one I chose because the stories weren’t overly sanitized; one I chose because it included more stories than most. This one, however, I didn’t choose. In fact, I have absolutely no idea how my children acquired it, but today my son brought it to me and asked me to read it.

He said he wanted the “Moses story,” so I started by turning to the table of contents to locate it, and I was instantly cynical. With chapter titles like “The present,” “The girl no one wanted,” “God to the resuce!” and “The teeny, weenie…true king,” I knew it would not only be difficult to locate the stories I wanted but also suspected the text would be so dumbed down and sanitized as to make me want to gag myself with two fingers. I flipped a few pages back to see who the publisher was…Zonderkidz. Zondervan, you see. For kids, you see. With a z, no less. How cute. Let me just say this discovery did nothing to abate, and quite a bit to increase, my cynicism.

But then I started reading…and the greater part of my cynicism slowly faded. The stories are certainly child friendly. They certainly try to make the tales “entertaining,” so to speak. They certainly have a non-droll style. But the overall quality of the writing was much better than I anticipated. The style was actually somewhat effective, despite being non-serious. The pages were enjoyable to read aloud. The “sound” of the stories rolled off my tongue. I especially appreciated the way the storytelling pointed backward and forward to the major themes that course throughout the Bible, linking past, present, and future stories, and, as a Christian, I appreciated the way it pointed everything to Jesus without being too terribly clichéd or contrived about it. There's a strong sense of God's grace coursing throughout the storytelling, an idea that these stories, even the most violent of them, point to a gentler, beautiful, and loving truth. It does this, too, I think, without seeming pollyanish, without turning God into a teddy bear.

Of course, I’m basing this entire opinion exclusively on the three “Moses stories” I read my son tonight. My opinion could very well change as I read more. But it was nice to put the breaks on my jaded, gut reaction and to find quite a few things to appreciate about this Bible. Or maybe I’m just uncharacteristically impressed because I didn’t have anyone to share my bottle of mulled wine with on this chilly November night.

But if I can revert to my usual cynical self for a moment, based on what I've read, there are too many chunks of the story left out. The chunks are left out because the author is busy making a point, a worthy point, but I wonder if that point could have been made without, for instance, boiling down the ten commandments to, say, four. Now, if you wanted to boil them down to TWO, the two Jesus (and the prophets) specified (love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and your neighbor as yourself), okay, but why four? I think that sort of thing is going to annoy me after awhile. But for now, I leave my rating at four stars.

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ADDITION: Today we read from page one through the end of the Noah story. The cutesy language does get on my nerves a bit, but, overall, I’m finding it still fairly well (rhythmically, descriptively) written. It’s as much commentary as story, but I happen to agree with a great deal of the commentary, and I like its perspective that the Bible is not a book of rules or a catalog of heroes to emulate, but rather a grand story of God’s love for his creation; not so much a story of what we should do, but a story of what God has *done.* This is a perspective I want my children to have. It might be a little heavy handed and overplayed in parts, but I’m still impressed by the uniqueness of the presentation.

That said, I defy anyone to attempt to read a children’s Bible to my daughter. Here’s how it went down tonight - - Me (reading the text of the Noah story): “Why would anyone need an umbrella, let alone an ark?” Her: They didn’t have umbrellas back then. They weren’t invented yet. They didn’t have lacquer. The Japanese invented lacquer. [Later] Me (reading): “Noah sent his dove out to explore, and it wasn’t long before she brought him back a fresh olive leaf.” Her: No, he sent a raven out first. Actually, it went dove, raven, then dove. [Later] Me (reading): “God said, ‘I won’t ever destroy the world again.’” Her: No, only by FLOOD. He didn’t say he wouldn’t destroy it another way. Like by flames or fire. Or ice.

I guess my daughter has the same problem with children’s Bibles I do.
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Sep 30, 2013

The more I read this the more I don't like it. I think it would be better labeled the Jesus storybook, because this is not the bible. In fact it is so added too and taken from its far from the bible. Just to mention a few theological discrepancies in the very beginning God says " hello stars" it does not say he spoke them into existence. then you have Eve believing that God does not love her, that's not what the bible says at all. To go on the story of Rachel and Leah frustrates me to no end. The more I read this the more I don't like it. I think it would be better labeled the Jesus storybook, because this is not the bible. In fact it is so added too and taken from its far from the bible. Just to mention a few theological discrepancies in the very beginning God says " hello stars" it does not say he spoke them into existence. then you have Eve believing that God does not love her, that's not what the bible says at all. To go on the story of Rachel and Leah frustrates me to no end. Rachel is popular and stuck up, and Leah is a victim. Then one day Laban had a sudden idea, Jacob has been working for me all this time, I should let him marry one of my daughters. The bible tells us Jacob loved Rachel right away and was working to win her marriage. It was Jacobs idea from the beginning. Then there is the Passover, it might not seem like a big deal to change simple wording, but in this place I believe it is a very, very big deal. In the jsb Jesus says this bread is "like" my body and this wine is "like" my blood. Jesus true words are this is my body and this is my blood, big difference. Another problem I have are the assumptions it describes. Like when God changes his mind about Isaacs sacrifice, it says " great sobs shook the old mans whole body. Scalding tears filled his eyes. And for a long time they stayed like that, in each others arms, the boy and his dad." I feel if this was called the Jesus storybook things would be different, but it's claiming to be a bible and adding to the word of God. Some of these things may seem small, but from a young age I am telling my children over and over again that the bible is Gods words. What would it then look like when they ask why these other things are not in the bible. I do find this book very moving by its wording and believe it has some great stories for kids, but when it comes to reading them the bible and telling them it's the absolute word of God, I will stick to the real thing. ...more
4

Dec 18, 2012

Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote another children's book that positively depicts a same-sex couple; see here and here. Her children's book How To Get Married is also a little fishy.

Part of the reason for the four-star rating is a section towards the end that sounds a little antinomian: No rules (or just a few)! Just grace! Which doesn't make sense, because grace includes law. I'm sure the author's intent was not to spread antinomian views, but that section could have been worded better.
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Jan 10, 2013

Notes:
yes, every story does whisper His name, but not like this book
this is not a bible at all, just a poorly written storybook
embellished inaccurate stories are ridiculous
omits real truth for a watered down, feel-good gospel
implies that our hearts are full of question marks instead of sin
wrong in every possible way, will never read this to my children
5

December 21, 2017

Audiobook has Superb Narration
We already knew we loved The Jesus Storybook Bible. Not the typical book of Bible stories, it's a beautifully-written telling of the story of God's plan of redemption woven throughout Scripture. Through it we read the familiar stories, but in a way that helps link them together, rather than as isolated events. It does have a instances where there's literary license taken with the stories, but that's to be expected since it's not straight Scripture, and I feel that can be balanced both by reading directly from the Bible at other times and through family discussions.

This purchase was specifically for the audiobook version of The Jesus Storybook Bible. David Suchet does an amazing job narrating the text. His speech is clear and filled with appropriate emotion, drawing in the listener. My 4- and 5-year-old boys love to listen to it as much as I do. I'm extremely picky about the narration of my audiobooks, and this one passes with flying colors.
5

January 31, 2016

A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
This book teaches what ALL Christians should be aware of in Scripture. This 'childrens' paraphrase essentially makes the biblical point that Jesus is the centre of scripture, that all the prophets and kings looked forward to the day of Jesus and that all of Christianity, both the promise of eternal life and the walk of a Christian is entered around trust and faith in Jesus. YES, there are some dramatic (and unnecessary) embellishments to the story, but the greater narrative of Jesus is so valuable and so wonderful that I can easily compare scripture with my children (which every parent should do!). Apart from that, this is the correct interpretation of scripture (Luke 25:25-27) and this concept would revolutionise the church today - both in celebrating the rescue mission of God through Jesus and bringing his people to faith in his plan. YES it is great to read to your children and YES we should hear more of Jesus in todays' preaching (but don't). (The artwork and also available audio with David Suchet is excellent too.) My wife and I have read this book with tears in our eyes about the love of God and wonderful work of our saviour.
5

May 29, 2008

The strength of this book is two fold. One, every story ends with a reference to Jesus, showing how He illustrates a truth, fulfills a prophecy, exemplifies a character trait, etc. Secondly, the illustrations are truly unique and not "westernized." Jesus really has an olive complexion as his Jewish roots would indicate. People and angels come in various colors.

This book is part of our regular Bible rotation, and we have given it as gifts for Christmas, Birthday and baby showers. Advertisements The strength of this book is two fold. One, every story ends with a reference to Jesus, showing how He illustrates a truth, fulfills a prophecy, exemplifies a character trait, etc. Secondly, the illustrations are truly unique and not "westernized." Jesus really has an olive complexion as his Jewish roots would indicate. People and angels come in various colors.

This book is part of our regular Bible rotation, and we have given it as gifts for Christmas, Birthday and baby showers. Advertisements list the age as 4-8, but we started at 2. In moments of impatience associated with this young age, we would skip some, just reading the highlights. Now that he is school age, he is almost ready for another trip through where he will do the reading! The pictures are engaging and this book is often chosen to sit with, even before he could read. Highly recommended! Enjoy!

Also highly recommended:

Read-Aloud Bible Stories, Lindvall, 1982
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Jesus Loves Me, Anderson, 1988
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ...more
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Jan 14, 2013

The more I read and understand the Bible, the more I find it difficult to teach certain stories to kids and feel that I'm being honest to the meaning. Think of the stories that we teach in Sunday School:

1. the garden of eden (nudity, disobedience, stealing)
2. Noah's ark (death and distruction on an epic scale with a smiling family sailing atop bloated corpses)
3. Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (prostitution, warfare)
4. David and Goliath ("its ok to hit bad people as long as God tells you The more I read and understand the Bible, the more I find it difficult to teach certain stories to kids and feel that I'm being honest to the meaning. Think of the stories that we teach in Sunday School:

1. the garden of eden (nudity, disobedience, stealing)
2. Noah's ark (death and distruction on an epic scale with a smiling family sailing atop bloated corpses)
3. Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (prostitution, warfare)
4. David and Goliath ("its ok to hit bad people as long as God tells you too...")
etc, etc.

You get the picture. Many Children's Bibles have sanitized them so that they have to make up morals or lessons to impose on the story. "When you are afraid, little Billy, be brave like David was..."

What I love about this Bible is that it tries to uncover the underlying theology in each story and tie it back to Jesus. I Don't agree with all the choices but it ties together the grand narrative of Scripture in a way few if any children's Bibles do. Excellent. ...more
5

Mar 15, 2015

This is a truly lovely children's Bible that does SO many things right.

The best thing it does is trace the story of Jesus through the whole Bible--it shows how every story points to the Ultimate Story in a way that is very graspable.

The illustrations are SO well done--it's so relieving to see diversity in color of skin and body type. It isn't a Bible full of Middle Eastern inexplicable white people like the children's Bible I grew up with.

I am not what you would call this Bible's typical This is a truly lovely children's Bible that does SO many things right.

The best thing it does is trace the story of Jesus through the whole Bible--it shows how every story points to the Ultimate Story in a way that is very graspable.

The illustrations are SO well done--it's so relieving to see diversity in color of skin and body type. It isn't a Bible full of Middle Eastern inexplicable white people like the children's Bible I grew up with.

I am not what you would call this Bible's typical audience (no babies) but I really enjoyed my time reading this work just as, like, a person. Anyone can learn something from this work from any walk of life. ...more
5

Nov 11, 2012

Phenomenal. It's really astonishing how good this is. Recently, we started reading straight through it, one story a night, with our son who will be five at the end of November 2012. His questions and understanding of our covenant faith have matured a lot during this family time. He wants to start it over from the beginning. I can't recommend this highly enough for parents of small children, and even for new Christians. I've benefited greatly from it myself, and I've been a Christian my whole Phenomenal. It's really astonishing how good this is. Recently, we started reading straight through it, one story a night, with our son who will be five at the end of November 2012. His questions and understanding of our covenant faith have matured a lot during this family time. He wants to start it over from the beginning. I can't recommend this highly enough for parents of small children, and even for new Christians. I've benefited greatly from it myself, and I've been a Christian my whole life. Get this book. ...more
5

Dec 11, 2017

Winston and I enjoyed reading this over the last year. I love how The Jesus Storybook Bible brings every chapter back to God's never stopping, never giving up, unbreakable, always and forever love. The book says ages 4 and up. Even though my 2 year old didn't understand every story, he did understand who Jesus was in each story and that Jesus loved him. We finished every chapter with singing Jesus Loves Me.
5

Dec 27, 2012

The Jesus Storybook Bible by author Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Bible book for children in which every story points to Christ. The Collector’s Edition includes the book plus three audio CDs of narration and a DVD of animated stories. There is also an Italian Duo-Tone leather edition of The Jesus Storybook Bible that is beautiful and would be perfect for a gift.

My husband and I absolutely loved the first book that we read by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Song of the Stars, so we were excited to read this The Jesus Storybook Bible by author Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Bible book for children in which every story points to Christ. The Collector’s Edition includes the book plus three audio CDs of narration and a DVD of animated stories. There is also an Italian Duo-Tone leather edition of The Jesus Storybook Bible that is beautiful and would be perfect for a gift.

My husband and I absolutely loved the first book that we read by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Song of the Stars, so we were excited to read this storybook Bible. I had also had many recommendations from friends who told me how much they liked the first edition of this Bible storybook.

So as soon as we received this book, we started reading a story every night to our three-year-old daughter. From the beginning, we were pleased. Everything in the Bible points to Christ as our Savior, and that is exactly what this Bible storybook does. It makes you think so much more about some of the Old Testament accounts because of how clearly each story shows how Christ has been there from the beginning and will continue to be there through the end.

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5

Sep 23, 2016

This children's bible story is unique because it doesn't just retell the stories of the bible, but also links them to the greater gospel story. This helps primary school aged children understand how God's plan of redemption unfolds from the Old Testament stories to the New, putting it all into context. The bright quirky illustrations complement the text and the conversational story-telling style make this a fun and engaging read.
4

May 31, 2014

Jesus in every story makes the Old Testament come alive
This little Bible is all the rage among mothers of young children now. My Daughters and their friends are reading it to their school age children down to toddlers and babies. The big plus to this Bible is that
God's plan of redemption is brought into every story.....which is especially wonderful in the Old Testament stories. I purchased this book as an app for my Kindle so that I would have it with me when ever I was with my grandchildren and we were minus their favorite books. The illustrations are very contemporary and have a wonderful flair. I gave this book a 4 star not a 5 only because the word "storybook" and the word "bible" together can cause some problems for me as I believe God's WORD to be inerrant and "story booking" the Word of God gets a little dicey for me....but the target audience will love it and be blessed by it.
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June 9, 2015

I have pretty decent eyesight
The text is very small when looking at it on the kindle. I have pretty decent eyesight. I can't imagine being someone who is older who is far sighted. I would have preferred something that is a little more biblically based. It's been paraphrased for children to understand.
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September 28, 2015

I'm not sure I like this or not
I'm not sure I like this or not. I wrestle with how much liberty is taken in the conversations between people, but I like some of the ways the stories are written. It's just too much liberty fo me. Bought to read and review.
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April 27, 2015

The picture associated with this product is deceptive.
The picture for this product is deceptive. In the picture it appears that the original Storybook Bible is also included along with the DVDs and CDs; however, it is only a small paperback version. If the actual hardback Storybook Bible were included, this would be a very nice set to give as a gift; however, unfortunately that is not the case. Disappointed.
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September 6, 2012

Incomplete
I bought this book for my 4 year old who is very interested in the bible and Jesus.

I must say I'm a bit disappointed. The stories are incomplete and a bit far streched from the original.

I will be looking for a book that's more like a The Bible in easy wording.
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Dec 13, 2008

Delightful pictures invite young children to sit still and listen to these retellings of Bible stories. There are multiple pages (and therefore multiple full-bleed illustrations) for each story. Characters are shown as dusky-skinned Middle Easterners, not Northern Europeans. The tone of the telling, like the whimsical illustrations, is aimed at young children maybe ages four to seven, making it less suitable than Lions Day-by-Day Bible for older children or adults working on English reading Delightful pictures invite young children to sit still and listen to these retellings of Bible stories. There are multiple pages (and therefore multiple full-bleed illustrations) for each story. Characters are shown as dusky-skinned Middle Easterners, not Northern Europeans. The tone of the telling, like the whimsical illustrations, is aimed at young children maybe ages four to seven, making it less suitable than Lions Day-by-Day Bible for older children or adults working on English reading skills.

What makes this collection unique is that each story points to Jesus, showing how Biblical history is redemption history. For instance, the story of the tower of Babel, begun so the people could reach heaven, ends: People could never reach up to Heaven, so Heaven would have to come down to them. And one day, it would. (p.54)

Such a specific lens means that some well-known stories, such as Jacob stealing the birthright from Esau and deceiving his father, Isaac, are passed over. Jacob's love for Rachel is seen only from the eyes of Leah, the mother of Judah, ancestor of Christ. The emphasis is on God's love for the unlovely. It is beautifully told, but you will not want this to be your child's only Bible storybook.

Sometimes the metaphors and symbolism of the connection to Jesus and God's "Great Rescue Plan" will be challenging for young minds. The Christmas story compares the baby sleeping in his mother's arms to "that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine." (p. 190) I'm not sure that's all bad. Even if the exact meaning is missed, a child can catch the awe and wonder of the words.

The concluding stories about Christ's passion, resurrection, and return to heaven truly feel like the climax of the whole book. Most of the New Testament is jumped over except for the calling of Paul and John's final vision of Christ. The coming of the New Jerusalem feels like the most wonderful happily-ever-after any story could have.
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