1. The Promises of God Bible Storybook
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    The Promises of God Bible Storybook
    Jennifer Lyell
    B&H Kids / 2019 / Hardcover
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Storybook Bible
    January 13, 2020
    FayJac
    This storybook Bible is written from the perspective of God's promises and how they tie the Bible together. Even from the beginning, God promised to send a Savior to the world. Like any storybook Bible, this one is from the author's perspective, but it looks like a good one. Each story gives a main point at the beginning and then follows the story with questions regarding the story and how it applies to their lives.

    This is a great Bible to encourage children that God loves them and always keeps His promises. I was delighted that she even did stories on the epistles of Paul all the way through Revelation. These timeless stories will delight children and hopefully give them a foundation for love and trust in God.

    (Please Note: Although a copy of this Bible was sent to me by B&H and Lifeway to review, the opinions expressed are my own.)
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Mixed feelings
    January 10, 2020
    SnickerdoodleSarah
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Promises of God Storybook Bible is a high level overview of many of the accounts in the Bible aimed at children. I liked several aspects of it, for one, it doesn't shy away from teaching what many would consider 'deep' truths, that even adults struggle with. It seems to go by the premise that kids will take God's word in faith (as we all must do). Here are some excerpts to illustrate this, "He is only one God, but He has three persons that are all completely that one God" and, "He has always known every single thing that was going to happen, and nothing ever happens without His permission. That means when we hear about something that happened in the Bible, where someone disobeyed God or it seems like God's plans were messed up, God's plans were never messed up. " It doesn't shy away from concepts of God's sovereignty, for instance in dealing with Rahab the harlot it says, "God had made it so that Rahab would hear all these things, and then He changed her heart to want to follow Him."

    At first I was afraid that this book would promote, or at least leave room for, Creation taking place for millions of years. At first it seemed that it was at least leaving room for that concept as it didn't initially describe six "days", but then it actually did seem to get more specific: "God filled the water with fish and animals that swim! Big fish and little fish. They were all created in one second because He said they should exist." Okay, the term "One second" certainly doesn't leave room for evolution! I do wish that it would have clarified creation as taking place in six days though.

    This book needs some clarification/corrective commentary if read to/by kids. I'll give a few examples: For one thing, the book seems to assume that there were sacrifices for sin before the Mosaic law. It teaches that God told Abraham to kill Isaac as a sacrifice for sin. I don't remember God specifying that it would be a sacrifice for sin, just that he was to offer Isaac up as a burnt offering (were all 'burnt offerings' sacrifices for sin?). Also, later on, in dealing with Moses, after he flees Egypt, "The Bible doesn't tell us for sure, but it seems that during this time Moses asked God's forgiveness for killing the Egyptian and made the sacrifice he had to make for that sin." Again, perhaps I'm wrong, but I thought that sin sacrifices, in particular, were not instituted by God until the Mosaic law.

    It also reads things into some of the accounts. For instance, it talks about Abraham being worried that God really as going to make him kill his own son. "His heart must have been beating so hard, and he was probably had tears in his eyes as he worried that maybe God really was going to make him kill his own son." The Bible doesn't say that Abraham was worried that he MIGHT have to actually kill his son, he actually didn't seem to have any question as to whether or not he would have to kill his son, rather he seemed to have instantly made up his mind that he would kill his son because God had told him to do it. He was all in, also evidenced by his contemplating that God can even bring people back from the dead.

    In the illustrations, Aaron looks significantly younger than Moses - that seems weird as Aaron was older than Moses. Also, and I expected this, but there are illustrations of Christ. I always feel a bit uncomfortable with depictions of Christ, and still do - especially with cartoon illustrations. These aren't as strange and irreverent seeming as some (Beginner's Bible), but still make me uneasy.

    Anyway, this book is sort of an overview/ paraphrase with some interpretative commentary thrown in.

    Many thanks to the folks at B&H publishers for sending me a free review copy of this book. My review did not have to be favorable.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deep Theology Delivered in a Beautiful, Whimsical Way
    January 7, 2020
    Rebekah Hargraves
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a mama of a nearly 5 year old and a 3 year old, my home is brimming with various Storybook Bibles. I have had my favorites over the years (namely, the Jesus Storybook Bible) and have not expected much of anything new to come out that would impress or stick with me in a new way.

    But I was wrong.

    When the opportunity arose to read and review Jennifer Lyell's new Storybook Bible, I was instantly intrigued by the title alone - "The Promises of God Storybook Bible: The Story of God's Unstoppable Love".

    As adults, we talk often about the importance of understanding the meta-narrative of Scripture, or the big picture of God's redemptive story. What we don't often have is an easy, beautiful, on-a-child's-level way of introducing our young children to the beauties and realities of this meta-narrative, especially as it pertains specifically to the promises of our faithful God.

    Until now.

    "The Promises of God Storybook Bible" is a beautiful, delightful, whimsical, well-written, and wonderfully-illustrated Bible Storybook that walks children through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, covering more than 50 stories of God's faithful and fulfilled promises to His people. Your children will learn about God's promise of never-ending provision for His people in Genesis, His still-to-be-fulfilled promises regarding the new heavens and new earth in Revelation, and so many fulfilled promises in between. Your children will learn not only to trust God, but will also be equipped with the "Why?" as well as the "How?" behind trusting God.

    Each of the 50+ stories are about 5-6 pages long and end with a series of 4 questions to discuss that will not only provide you with wonderful conversation starters to enjoy with your children, but will also really get their minds working and help them to grasp and apply what they have learned in that day's story.

    From the deep theology to the encouraging promises, from the whimsical illustrations to the beauty of the written word, I highly recommend this brand new Storybook Bible from Jennifer Lyell!

    *I received a complementary copy of this Storybook Bible in exchange for my honest review!
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Promises of God storybook
    January 5, 2020
    Kendra
    There are countless bible storybooks available--I probably have fifteen or more myself--but this new book by Jennifer Lyell is unique in that it focuses on the promises of God. Rather than featuring the typical list of common stories (Noah, Joseph, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions den, etc.), this book follows the thread of God's promises from Genesis to Revelation. The first half of the book is primarily taken from Genesis and Exodus, followed by one story from Joshua and two from Isaiah. The second half of the book covers the life of Jesus, the Epistles and Revelation. This book is intended to be read aloud, and the informal style lends best to that--it sounds like someone telling a story. Each story takes five minutes or less to read and is followed by questions for the kids to answer. The author says that it is geared toward children as young as three and up to age ten. I have a four-year old and the storytelling and questions do seem best suited him, but my six- and seven-year olds grasp the theme better. The artwork is tasteful and attractive--modern yet realistic. We are enjoying this addition to our family library.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher (B&H) in exchange for my review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great storybook for school age kids
    December 29, 2019
    Elena Wiggins
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I always love finding good storybook Bibles and have been blessed to receive several in the past few years from different publishers to review on the blog. This month, B&H/Lifeway generously sent The Promises of God Storybook Bible for free, in exchange for an honest review on my blog. The subtitle reads: The Story of God's Unstoppable Love. Wow, what a powerful concept for young minds to start to grasp, that God's love does not ever stop. There are fifty-two Bible stories, all threaded together through lessons on promises of God to His beloved children. Young hearts can deepen their trust in a faithful God who keeps His promises and loves them with a forever love. The writing is easy to understand for children as young as kindergarten, though I think it would be more age appropriate for grade school kids since the stories are a bit long for very young children. The writing itself is very conversational and interactive, perfectly coupled with discussion questions at the end of each story that focus on both comprehension and application. Beautiful illustrations accompany each story, bringing the well-known stories to life in a fresh way. I am looking forward to the day when Elliot is old enough to listen to these stories.
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