A couple months ago, Laurie and I bought the Jesus Storybook Bible to read to Nate. While it’s probably still a little beyond his current comprehension, it sure is a lot of fun! I’ll really enjoy watching him and our future children grow into it.
What makes this particular children’s Bible so much better than any other I’ve seen is the fact that it combines kid-friendly illustrations and language with faithfulness to the Biblical metanarrative. In other words, it avoids the problem of most kids’ Bibles, which often present Bible stories as merely stories, with nothing to differentiate them from any collection of illustrated fairy-tales.
The Jesus Storybook Bible breaks the Bible down into 44 short stories, but underneath them all is THE story of the Bible: God’s redemption of the world through his Son, Jesus. When we read the Bible, we should see and understand that it’s ALL about Jesus. This story Bible does a wonderful job of showing exactly how every Bible “story” is really about Jesus. It points out how Jesus is foreshadowed in the Old Testament, and how in His life, death, and resurrection, all of God’s promises were fulfilled. For that reason, it’s really a great Bible for ALL Christians, not just those with young children.
The Deluxe Edition, which we bought, also includes CD’s of narration of all of these stories by David Suchet, who is one of the best story-tellers I’ve ever heard. Zondervan has also made YouTube clips of many of these narrated stories. Here are two of them, just in time for the Christmas season (feel free to skip past the 40-second introductions):