Book Review: The Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago Silver, Illus. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2007. 340 pages.

What is the Bible about? What is the whole Bible about? Is there a single, unifying theme to the biblical books? You’d be hard-pressed to find an answer in most of the children’s Bible literature available today, which is why a resource like The Jesus Storybook Bible is so valuable.

Each of the chapters in this book ends with a clear call to remember the point of the Story. As the subtitle hints, “Every story whispers His name.” The name of Jesus, that is. While our Bible storytelling often focuses on the human heroes, like David and Moses, The Jesus Storybook Bible highlights the real hero, the One to which the others point, Jesus himself. For example, the story of the Exodus (p. 91):

And so, that very night, Moses and God’s people fled out of Egypt and out of slavery. They were free at last!

God’s people would always remember this great rescue and call it “Passover.” But an even Greater Rescue was coming.

Many years later, God was going to do it again. He was going to come down once more to rescue his people. But this time God was going to set them free forever and ever.

How often have we examined the Exodus account without moving to the grander reality to which it leads us? This is especially tempting when teaching children. An effort to keep things simple often stops us short of making the connection to Jesus.

But The Jesus Storybook Bible remains simple while keeping our focus where it ought to be: on the Savior. Each chapter is a self-contained Bible story that usually takes 3-5 minutes to read (perfect for kids of all ages), and is filled with beautiful and thought-provoking illustrations. We have been reading it to our two oldest (ages 1.5 and 3.5). Both of them listen well, and our oldest retains much of what she hears and sees.

By the way, even though The Jesus Storybook Bible is written for kids, it can be a great blessing to adults as well. I often missed the connection between certain Bible stories and Jesus Christ when I was growing up, so to see those stories in the light of the Gospel has been refreshing and challenging.

I would encourage you to pick up a copy for your family or a friend.

One Response

  1. Couldn’t agree more! This has been an excellent resource for our family. The focus on Christ is important all the time but it is especially important as my children reach an age of understanding the gospel. This resource is true to the Scripture as it keeps the gospel front and center.

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