I posted last week about some of my pet peeves with children’s bibles, among other things. I’m the father of a 15 month old girl, so this is a new and live topic for my wife and I. At any rate, a few people recommended The Jesus Storybook Bible. I looked it up online and saw that the subtitle was, “Every story whispers his name.” I was immediately impressed at this perceived spiritual reading of scripture and became curious to check it out.
Well, I picked it up today for 40% off (The Anglican Book Centre in Toronto is closing in January, so big sales!). Here is a snippet of how the book begins:
…Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.
Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heros in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.
No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne — everything — to rescue the one he loves…There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the centre of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle — the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
I’m very impressed! What a wonderful beginning! We’ve only read the first few pages, but already this book gets the JT stamp of approval. To all you parents of young ones out here, this is a great resource.