Review: The Jesus Storybook Bible

We have a lot of storybook Bibles. A lot. And pretty much one is just like all the others. Ho hum, cutesy pictures, same stories pulled out and watered down, ya da ya da ya da.

But I just got this one after Craig sent me a link to it the other day as it promised to be different. It is. I LOVE it. It is exactly what I’ve always hoped someone would do, only didn’t really know that I hoped that until I got it in my grubby hands: The Jesus Storybook Bible. The tagline is: Every story whispers his name. It was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago. My kids even noticed the difference when we read it this morning. Here’s a taste:

“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 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. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!”

I’d so like to go on and type in the whole thing, but I won’t. This book is so well done and we’ve just started. I can’t wait to keep reading it. My girls were totally amazed too. My oldest picked it up later in the morning and asked if she could keep reading it. (Umm, sure thing, Sweetie!)

Anyway, I just wanted to share. This book was worth every penny.