I have a vivid memory of when I was a young girl, spending a Saturday at the dentist office. My parents would schedule routine dental cleaning for them and for their 3 kids all on the same day. This would seem convenient for the parent, but for me as a kid, it meant having to kill a lot of time in the waiting room. None of the magazines in the waiting room interested me, but one particular book always caught my attention. It was a Bible story book. I was always fascinated by all the stories in the Bible, but I have to admit that back then, they were just stories.
For me and my husband, our desire is for our children to know and understand the Bible, but not as folktales to capture their attention. Rather, we want them to know the bible narratives as true stories. And though they took place a long time ago, we want them to understand the direct impact the Bible has on them today.
I wanted to share with you our two favorite Bible story books. More than just reading them to our children, they have opened many opportunities for us to discuss what the Bible teaches and how it applies to them.
The Big Picture Story Bible
In The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm, the main theme from the first page to the last is Jesus Christ [affiliate link]. Though it doesn’t mention every bible narrative, its purpose is to show the young readers their need for the Savior. I also love the illustrations in this book, perfect for young children. I’ve seen children’s picture bibles, where the illustrations were too detailed, in my opinion, for preschoolers.
The Jesus Storybook Bible
We also love The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones [affiliate link]. The author calls the Bible an “adventure story”, a “love story”, and a “true” story. This one also weaves Jesus Christ through all the pages. All the familiar Sunday School stories come to life because Jesus is the main character, whether visible or invisible. Children will come to understand the Bible stories, not as fairy tales, but as a love story for them, written by Jesus Himself.
Why is this so important? The Bible is really a story of love and redemption from beginning to end. After God created the perfect world, man and woman stepped out of that perfection because of their sin. God promised a Savior, who would die, not only for Adam & Eve’s sin, but for the sins of those who would come after them.
The Bible isn’t a collection of unrelated stories that someone has put together in one book. It is one story, the greatest story ever told. For me, my husband, and my children, it is a story that should have an impact on our hearts and our souls today and for all eternity.
If you would like to begin teaching your kids the Bible, but don’t know where to start, I would highly recommend these two books. They are beautifully written and illustrated with little ones in mind.
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