Jesus Storybook Bible

Jesus Storybook Bible

Every Story Whispers His Name

by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jago (Illustrator)
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Hardcover, 352 pages
List Price: $18.99 Sale Price: $15.19

This Bible storybook by Sally Lloyd-Jones is one of our favorites. Each story is told in its relationship to the overall Gospel narrative and, more specifically, to Christ Himself. Probably best for 2-4 year olds, the stories are just as enjoyable for older kids and even (especially?) for adults. Lloyd-Jones writes in an engaging style that is by turns deeply serious and wildly hilarious, but always reverent.

There are 44 stories (21 from the OT, 23 from the NT) that vary in length. The stylized full-color illustrations fill every page and legitimately contribute to the text. While there isn't an obvious doctrinal emphasis, the author clearly comes from a Reformed/covenantal perspective, evidenced most explicitly by her relation of each story to the life and work of Jesus. This doesn't come across as too forced, either; the importance of Christ to each story (even Old Testament ones) is gently displayed rather than shoehorned in just to fit with the rest of the book.

Kids will be introduced to the main stories in both Testaments. There is no moralizing, but there is also no wrestling Scripture out of context to suit the author's agenda (Bible references are included so you can check for yourself). If you want your kids to grow up with a love of the Bible and its narrative, this is an excellent place to start.

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Lea L. of Oregon, 8/30/2010
This storybook Bible has become a new favorite (I've been buying different children's Bibles for 12 years now.) It does a great job demonstrating the Jesus Christ is the thread that brings all of history together. It has good wordage for explaining basic truths and a nice breath of accounts from Scripture. Although illustrated with cartoon-style pictures, the figures are drawn in realistic-type form and expression.

There are 3 items that I did not care for in this book. 1. I thought it was weak in expressing and our need to repent and come by faith to Christ for His forgiveness. 2. It does take some liberty in describing some events with details that are never mentioned in scripture; however, it is a storybook. 3. Several illustrations could have depicted a more accurate idea of the numbers of people involved in certain events, such as the Exodus, the wise men, the number of guards at the tomb, and the crowd at the Garden of Gethsemane, to name a few. My children also pointed out that picture of the serpant didn't have legs before the fall.