A few years ago I wrote a post detailing my favorite children’s Bibles. One of them was the The Jesus Storybook Bible. Well, I’m so excited to share this wonderful story Bible is available in a beautiful, 10th anniversary gift edition, and just in time for Easter.
Out of all the children’s Bibles our girls have received over the years, The Jesus Storybook Bible is the one we read the most. Mainly because it does such a wonderful job at “connecting the dots” for children.
Meant to be read aloud, The Jesus Storybook Bible has helped my children learn that the Bible is not a randomly compiled book of inspiring stories and heroic acts. Rather, from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells a true story – God’s story – and his “rescue” plan for his people.
As author Sally Lloyd Jones writes in the introduction, every story is connected by a “missing puzzle piece.” And missing piece is the baby Jesus we celebrate at Christmas; “the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together.” Once we realize he is at the center of God’s story, she writes, we realize what a beautiful story it is (and why I often tear up when reading this precious story Bible!).
My husband and I started reading this to our girls when they were quite young, even before they could fully understand everything they were hearing. (This post explains why I think it’s important to read aloud books like this to your children.) But they listened because in the rhythm of they syntax moves even the youngest listener along and the illustrations, by Jago, are compelling and unique.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Jesus Storybook Bible is now available in a gold-embossed, clothbound, hardback gift edition. It is just lovely and perfect for a baby gift, baptism gift, or even a meaningful gift to stick in an Easter basket.
I often give this Bible it by itself, especially for third and fourth children in a family, but it would also be lovely paired with other children’s books (a book basket, perhaps!), other Sally Lloyd Jones books (her new board book looks sweet!), or one of the many meaningful gifts in my Baby Gift Guide.
Since we are on the subject of Bibles, I would like to pick your brains. What is your favorite baptism gift for children? I have never written a post specifically on this subject and would love your ideas to share with my readers.
(Side note: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this back story of the writing of this book on the Gospel Coalition website recently, particularly the influence Tim Keller and C.S. Lewis had on Sally Lloyd Jones’ writing and you might, too!)