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Every story whispers his name.
A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation--and at the center of their own story too!
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of all is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. From Noah, to Moses, to the great King David—every story points to him. He is the missing piece to the puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle.
The Jesus Storybook Bible makes an excellent gift at Christmas, when we all remember that he is the puzzle piece that makes all the other pieces in our lives fit.
- Recommended for ages 4 to 8
- 12-point text size
- 7.75" x 6.50" x 1.00"
|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Publication Date: 2015
every story whispers his name…
Its an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. Its a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throneeverythingto rescue the one he loves. Its like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life! You see, the best thing about this Story isits true. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. The Child upon whom everything would depend.
All the stars and mountains and the oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them. And so it was that the wonderful love story began …
from The Story of Gods Love for You (originally published as The Jesus Storybook Bible)
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling childrens Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian "Highly Commended" Award for Childrens Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and daughter.
What is it about small children? Copyright 2016, Sally Lloyd-Jones
Have you noticed the super powers small children wield?
I was riding the NYC subway one morning, when the doors opened and into the car walked a little child.
She was maybe 2.
Instantly, all of us-these defended New Yorkers, all avoiding eye contact, all guarding our space-were transformed. We smiled at her. At her mother. At each other.
Her gentleness disarmed us. Barriers of race and age and status vanished.
She changed everything.
When people asked Jesus, "Who's the greatest in your Kingdom?" Jesus showed them a little child and said, "Become like this little child."
It's not always all about what we teach children.
It's about what they teach us.
I've learned that from writing for children. Writing for children keeps you honest. You have to dig deeper. Work harder. Understand it better. Your job is to distill-to take the profound and make it simple enough for a child to understand.
When I was writing THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE, I couldn't rely on jargon. A little child has no concept of what sin is, for instance. I had to find other ways to describe it. I wrote that: sin is not just about breaking the rules, it's breaking God's heart; it's like poison that makes your heart sick and stops it from working properly; it's like running away from God and hiding in the shadows.
Writing for children demands nothing short of excellence.
The funny thing is-if you write with the excellence that children deserve you reach everyone. C S Lewis said: "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally-and often far more-worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."
Excellence, it turns out, is the most inclusive thing.
THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE has broken out of the boundaries typical for a children's bible storybook-read by college students, theologians, pastors, couples; read in schools, prisons, old people's homes. (It's so popular with adults that we have published their own edition: THE STORY OF GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU.)
I think it has something to do with that place inside of us all that remains a child still, the place God loves to speak to us-the place where we are undefended, humble, open to wonder. Open him. The place that tiny child spoke to us all, in that NYC subway car that morning.
In THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE I captured the plotline of the Bible. As adults when do we ever hear that plotline? Even if we go to church regularly, we may never hear the whole story in one sitting.
But when you distill the story down so that you can read it in one sitting, immediately it is startling. Because most of us think we know what the Bible is about-and it's not good. We think it's a book of rules you follow so God will love you. Or a book of heroes you copy so God will love you.
But it's none of those things.
It's most of all a Story.
The Story of a God who breaks into History and comes down to rescue his children. A God who moves heaven and earth to be near them, to love them-though it would cost him everything.
The Story of a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. The Story of a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne-everything-to rescue the one he loves.
The Bible is simply this: THE STORY OF GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU.
And I don't know anyone-young or old-who doesn't need to hear that story.
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include: Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing, a children's devotional which won the ECPA Christian Book of The Year award in adult inspiration, and The Jesus Storybook Bible, now available in a format for adults with a new design and title, The Story of God's Love for You. Sally also has a new picture book coming this spring, Baby Wren and the Great Gift.
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