July 22, 2009
Every Story Whispers His Name
I've been meaning to write this post forever, and now Dolly has given me a great reason to do it!! She has linked to an interview with the author of one of my favorite books, and I just have to share it, too.
I've been promoting this book to my inner circle for a while now, so you may have heard me mention it once or twice. It's called The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. It's by far, the best retelling of the Bible presented for children that I've ever read. And believe me, I've got stacks and stacks of toddler Bibles, Girl Bibles, etc. This one is incredible. Each story is linked by the central theme of Jesus! Every old testament story points towards the coming of Christ, and how since the Garden of Eden, we have needed Him- needed a Hero, a Liberator. Every story in the New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled those needs, how He rescued us. The continuity of the Bible becomes so clear, so obvious-- it's ALL about Him!! The language is beautiful, enchanting-- and so theologically sound that it gives me chills. I am in LOVE with this book for my children. I am honestly, filled with joy when I read these stories aloud to them. For them, and for me.
(To clarify, though-- this is not a Bible translation. It's not all inclusive, obviously-- it's written for children. It is not verse by verse, so it will not replace your family Bible, or scripture reading with your children. It's just a retelling, a weaving of stories together-- it would be supplemental to your children's Biblical instruction, not a replacement. Just had to include that explanation, lest you think I'm advising you throw out all your others!)
So, anyway! Is this post a glowing review, or what? I'm telling you, it's unlike anything I've ever read before. Whether you've got children or not, this book will open your eyes, and move you. I'm just sorry it's taken me so long to share it with you-- but better late than never!
And you might not even have to buy it for yourself if you're lucky!! If you'll click on the link to the interview, the author is doing a giveaway. She's presenting a copy of the new deluxe edition coming out soon to four lucky commenters! You could be one! Just leave a comment, and she'll contact you if you win. Thanks, Dolly, for passing this link along. You're the best!
However you lay your hands on a copy, you gotta get one. After one or two stories, you'll be as hooked as the rest of us!! :) Here's a little taste, just to get you thinking. This exerpt is introducing The Story:
"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 heroes in it, but (as you'll soon find out) most 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. It's the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is- it's true.
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 center 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."
And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day-- but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning...
Amazing. And that's just the introduction.
My most favorite phrase in that book is from the story of a dead girl and a sick woman where the author states, "Jesus was fixing what was wrong with the world." I LOVE IT! I bought that book for my daughter when she was about 6 weeks old and we read it every morning at breakfast. It has changed the way I look at Christ and the Word of God as well.
Posted by: sarah at July 22, 2009 5:06 PM
Thanks SO much for posting this, WG! I can't wait to buy it for my four-year-old daughter. I've been looking for grace-filled Bible stories told for children, and this looks like the PERFECT book! There are so many children's books out there that emphasize that you have to be good for God to love you - I'm so delighted you found one that emphasizes God's never-ending love for His children!
Posted by: Lorelei at July 22, 2009 5:50 PM
We LOVE this!!! I think I'm going to have to like 3 copies on hand as they fall apart from use. :)
Posted by: Jeannette at July 22, 2009 7:43 PM
You've hooked me, too, and I definitely want to get a copy of it, too, even though I don't have little ones anymore....someday, God willing, I will have some grandbabies and this will be a gift for them! ♥
Posted by: auntj at July 23, 2009 11:48 AM