The Jesus Storybook Bible: Anglicised Edition

by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Other authorsJago (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2012



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Zondervan (2012), Edition: Collector's ed, 348 pages


If you are a parent, grandparent, pastor, or teacher looking for a way to teach the children in your life about God's "Never Stopping, Never Giving up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love," look no further than The Jesus Storybook Bible. What makes The Jesus Storybook Bible different from every other Kids' Bible? While other Kids' Bibles contain stories from the Old and New Testaments, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will clearly see that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation--and at the center of their story too.   The Jesus Storybook Bible: *             Visually brings scripture to life for children *             Contains 21 stories from the Old Testament *             Contains 23 stories from the New Testament *             Presents the best-loved stories of the Bible in an easy-to-understand format *             Shares how Jesus is at the center of our story *             Features the award-winning illustrations of Jago *             Features the beloved, bestselling writing of Sally Lloyd-Jones *             Is the perfect Kids' Bible for any age up to 6th grade    For the past ten years, The Jesus Storybook Bible has been the trusted and preferred starting point for thousands and thousands of parents, grandparents, and pastors to teach their kids about the Bible. The beautiful, award-winning illustrations of Jago connect with the bestselling writing of Sally Lloyd-Jones so that the text of Scripture visually comes to life in the minds of children. The Jesus Storybook Bible contains 21 stories from the Old Testament and 23 stories from the New Testament, presented in an easy-to-understand way that makes learning about the Bible as fun for younger children, preschool and below, as it is for older children, kindergarten to sixth grade.… (more)

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LibraryThing member jasmine84
This book focus about Jesus that has so much power that help his people and to learn how to the right things. Very good book. Many different story in the book that make sense with real life. Picture look ok, all the words is easy to read, colorful in different pages and story. Need to try it out!
LibraryThing member aethercowboy
In the Book of Revelation, John wrote: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
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prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (22:18-19; KJV). While this statement most likely refers only to that which is described in the Book of Revelation, specifically with the prophecy contained therein, I feel that one should always be hesitant when producing condensations of the Bible as a larger work.

Especially Bibles for children.

In the Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones reinterprets pieces of the Bible to emphasize the similarities between some Old Testament events with their apparent analogues and fulfillment with Jesus. To make the stories approachable to a 4+ age group, she took several liberties that would cause many people to take a second glance before handing this over to their early reader without some parental oversight.

Sure, children don’t need to get all that Song of Songs stuff, or X knowing Y and begetting Z, but I found that some of the stories as well as many, if not all, of the paraphrases, did not do their baseline stories the necessary justice. For starters, the description of Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac, especially Isaac’s tacit acceptance of his father about to sacrifice him (basically indicating that he didn’t struggle and was quiet, because he knew his daddy loved him), could be misinterpreted by a child’s relationship with a relative or close friend of the family with less than reputable intentions.

Likewise, anything that seemed “too complicated” to put into a simple 2-3 page story was rent from the story. Not one mention of a single Judge appears, nor do important New Testament things like the resurrection of Lazarus. The book felt incomplete, even for being a bowdlerized Bible.

Lloyd-Jones seems to miss the point of a lot of the stories, especially with her paraphrases of things like the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23, opting to take out more difficult to understand concepts for the sake of placating children. Further, it incorporates unfounded aspects of Christian folklore into what is purported to be a “Bible,” such as the presence of the “Three Wise Men,” which is not founded on any Biblical teaching, as the only book of the Bible (the Book of Matthew) to mention them never identifies how many. I found this addition to be quite presumptive, especially for a book intended for impressionable young children.

In the end, this book, while not suitable for my young one due to the many glaring errors, omissions, and liberties taken, it may be suitable for your child, if you’re less about fidelity to the original work than you are about presenting stories of (and inspired by) the Bible in a child-friendly manner. I feel, though, that one should be mindful of the potentially indoctrinating input one provides a child who does not otherwise have a sturdy foundation upon which to set things unprovable such as religious beliefs.
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LibraryThing member heather1990
This is an insightful book unpacking the Bible and its wonderful and precious stories.
LibraryThing member tporter
I love reading this book to my boys. We have gone through it many times in the hope that they see the point of the whole Bible, while also seeing it as a narrative not a list of moralism.
LibraryThing member iamjonlarson
Great children's book full of Bible stories. Every story points to God's redemptive plan for humanity. The illustrations are great as well.
LibraryThing member yyoon4
Children's version of the BIble. Telling accounts of the Bible in a story-telling manner.
LibraryThing member mirikayla
I looooove the illustrations in this book. Jago's people aren't my favorite, but the landscapes and everything else are just beautiful.
LibraryThing member michellehewitt
this appears to be aimed at children between the age of 3years to 5 years but appeals to old children as well, especially with the audio CD.
LibraryThing member jfe16
The Jesus Storybook Bible takes stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and writes them in simple language children can easily understand. The familiar Old Testament stories include creation, Adam and Eve in the Garden, Noah’s Ark, Joseph and his brothers, Moses and the exodus from
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Egypt, parting the Red Sea, the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath, and Jonah and the whale. New Testament narratives include the birth of Jesus, the visitation of the shepherds and the wise men, John the Baptist, the calling of the disciples, the raising of Jarius’s daughter, teaching the people to pray, the Sermon on the Mount, Christ walks on the water, the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus and the children, Zacchaeus, the Prodigal Son, the Last Supper, the confrontation in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and the Ascension.

With each story wrapped around the common thread of Jesus as Savior, this children’s Bible Storybook is a perfect first Bible for young readers. Colorful illustrations accompany each of the stories and help bring the narrative to life for the young reader. Parents will find this a perfect volume for sharing with their children.

Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member eclecticdodo
This is a collection of Bible stories retold in such a way as to highlight how they point to great truths about Jesus. We found it particularly helpful for the Old Testament where it is sometimes difficult to put simply how a story points forward to the New Testament. I actually found it quite
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helpful for myself too, to go back to basics, so to speak. Once again, the illustrations are bright and colourful, and the stories are accurate and engaging.
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348 p.; 6.5 inches


0310729947 / 9780310729945
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