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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

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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
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Hardcover, 348 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Zonderkidz
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Debbie Although it is written for children, the way it is written will help teenagers and adults understand the unified message of the Bible. So many…moreAlthough it is written for children, the way it is written will help teenagers and adults understand the unified message of the Bible. So many Christians know isolated Bible stories, but have no idea how they fit together, or how they build on each other, or even that all the stories basically lead to the same point, that God had a plan way back in Genesis to redeem His chosen people for Himself through his son paying the penalty for our rebellion, and somehow every book of the Bible has to do with the beautiful wonder of His plan. This book clearly shows how God worked everything out for our benefit an His glory.(less)

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April Gardner
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My friend, Julie's review:

As a teacher, I have seen dozens of children's Bibles. I have never been impressed, really, preferring the real thing to the cheesy, cartoony pages of children's Bibles. Until now. Through one of my favorite singer/songwriters, I have come across The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I teared up when I read the first pages. And now, I have purposed to buy it for every child's birthday or baby shower that comes across my calendar. (Sorry to spoil the surprise
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Kristen
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love every aspect of this Bible. The illustrations by Jago are both charming and intriguing. There are about fifty stories, a good balance. The text itself is exactly what I want my children to hear, theologically. I love this line from the very first chapter. "The Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what he has done." AMEN.

The subtitle is "Every Story Whispers His Name" and indeed, every story does. "No, the Bible isn't a book of rules, or a book of
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Skylar Burris
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, bible
I am frequently dissatisfied with children’s Bibles, which may be why I acquire so many. I keep hoping the next one will compensate for the deficiencies of the last. I have one I chose because the vocabulary, for a change, wasn’t too dumbed down; one I chose because the pictures, for a change, were actually Semitic in appearance (no blonde, Anglo-Saxon Jesus in that one); one I chose because the stories weren’t overly sanitized; one I chose because it included more stories than most. This one, ...more
Toni
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The more I read this the more I don't like it. I think it would be better labeled the Jesus storybook, because this is not the bible. In fact it is so added too and taken from its far from the bible. Just to mention a few theological discrepancies in the very beginning God says " hello stars" it does not say he spoke them into existence. then you have Eve believing that God does not love her, that's not what the bible says at all. To go on the story of Rachel and Leah frustrates me to no end. ...more
Jeremy
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote another children's book that positively depicts a same-sex couple; see here and here. Her children's book How To Get Married is also a little fishy.

Part of the reason for the four-star rating is a section towards the end that sounds a little antinomian: No rules (or just a few)! Just grace! Which doesn't make sense, because grace includes law. I'm sure the author's intent was not to spread antinomian views, but that section could have been worded better.
Bree
Jan 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Notes:
yes, every story does whisper His name, but not like this book
this is not a bible at all, just a poorly written storybook
embellished inaccurate stories are ridiculous
omits real truth for a watered down, feel-good gospel
implies that our hearts are full of question marks instead of sin
wrong in every possible way, will never read this to my children
Ebookwormy1
The strength of this book is two fold. One, every story ends with a reference to Jesus, showing how He illustrates a truth, fulfills a prophecy, exemplifies a character trait, etc. Secondly, the illustrations are truly unique and not "westernized." Jesus really has an olive complexion as his Jewish roots would indicate. People and angels come in various colors.

This book is part of our regular Bible rotation, and we have given it as gifts for Christmas, Birthday and baby showers. Advertisements
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Nick
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The more I read and understand the Bible, the more I find it difficult to teach certain stories to kids and feel that I'm being honest to the meaning. Think of the stories that we teach in Sunday School:

1. the garden of eden (nudity, disobedience, stealing)
2. Noah's ark (death and distruction on an epic scale with a smiling family sailing atop bloated corpses)
3. Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (prostitution, warfare)
4. David and Goliath ("its ok to hit bad people as long as God tells you
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April
This is a truly lovely children's Bible that does SO many things right.

The best thing it does is trace the story of Jesus through the whole Bible--it shows how every story points to the Ultimate Story in a way that is very graspable.

The illustrations are SO well done--it's so relieving to see diversity in color of skin and body type. It isn't a Bible full of Middle Eastern inexplicable white people like the children's Bible I grew up with.

I am not what you would call this Bible's typical
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Danielle
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal. It's really astonishing how good this is. Recently, we started reading straight through it, one story a night, with our son who will be five at the end of November 2012. His questions and understanding of our covenant faith have matured a lot during this family time. He wants to start it over from the beginning. I can't recommend this highly enough for parents of small children, and even for new Christians. I've benefited greatly from it myself, and I've been a Christian my whole ...more
Amie Geyman
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Winston and I enjoyed reading this over the last year. I love how The Jesus Storybook Bible brings every chapter back to God's never stopping, never giving up, unbreakable, always and forever love. The book says ages 4 and up. Even though my 2 year old didn't understand every story, he did understand who Jesus was in each story and that Jesus loved him. We finished every chapter with singing Jesus Loves Me.
Sara
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The Jesus Storybook Bible by author Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Bible book for children in which every story points to Christ. The Collector’s Edition includes the book plus three audio CDs of narration and a DVD of animated stories. There is also an Italian Duo-Tone leather edition of The Jesus Storybook Bible that is beautiful and would be perfect for a gift.

My husband and I absolutely loved the first book that we read by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Song of the Stars, so we were excited to read this
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R.J. Rodda
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, christian
This children's bible story is unique because it doesn't just retell the stories of the bible, but also links them to the greater gospel story. This helps primary school aged children understand how God's plan of redemption unfolds from the Old Testament stories to the New, putting it all into context. The bright quirky illustrations complement the text and the conversational story-telling style make this a fun and engaging read.
LeAnne
Delightful pictures invite young children to sit still and listen to these retellings of Bible stories. There are multiple pages (and therefore multiple full-bleed illustrations) for each story. Characters are shown as dusky-skinned Middle Easterners, not Northern Europeans. The tone of the telling, like the whimsical illustrations, is aimed at young children maybe ages four to seven, making it less suitable than Lions Day-by-Day Bible for older children or adults working on English reading ...more
Shaun
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I’ve been working my way through The Jesus Storybook Bible with my children for several months. It only took a few of the short stories to make it one of their all time favorite Bible story books. The intended age range for this book is four to seven years old, but my children as young as three and as old as ten have enjoyed it as well.

The Jesus Storybook Bible is comprised of 21 stories from the Old Testament and 23 stories from the New Testament. What makes this book unique is the way each
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John Gardner
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A couple months ago, my wife and I bought the Jesus Storybook Bible to read to our son (18 months old). 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
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Douglas
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to my newborn son. We took a chapter-a-day and it took right around 8 weeks to finish it. There are a few reasons I love this paraphrase of the Bible for kids and will revisit it with my own children over and over:
1. It is Christ-centered and points to him in every single chapter of the book. From Genesis to Revelation, he and God's plan of redemption for the lost are central to every story. This places the emphasis on God restoring right
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Shanna Gonzalez
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
In the overwhelming abundance of Children's Bibles, The Jesus Storybook Bible stands out in its Christ-centeredness and above-average writing. As Mark Tubbs says in his detailed review at Discerning Reader, "Every story does indeed whisper the person and work of Jesus Christ. The message of man’s sinfulness, his inability to obey, and God’s enduring grace bleeds through every page."

In Lloyd-Jones' attempts to contextualize the stories for young children she does take some liberties, but these
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Jason Custer
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book for one main reason: it shows how every story points to Jesus.

This storybook is desperately needed in a Christian culture that has watered down the Bible to a book of morality and life lessons for children. This book shows that the Bible is not about them (and that is good news!) - it is about Jesus and how he is rescuing the world and making everything "sad come untrue." That's really all you need to know in order to purchase and read this book to your children: it points to
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David
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the last three years my wife and I have read this book with our daughter (and now son) during Advent. It works out quite well as the total Old Testament chapters plus the three about Jesus' birth total 24. So, and this should be obvious, you get one for each day of Advent! This is the first year that we are managing to keep it going and to read the second half of the book, the stories of Jesus. I give credit to my daughter, for she wants to keep reading!

Like any children's bible, there are
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Steven Wedgeworth
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
The illustrations are great in this book, and I appreciate the Christocentric intent. Unfortunately, the theological paradigm (basically the Tim Keller outlook) is a bit too artificially imposed upon the actual biblical text, especially in the Old Testament, and the author takes a great deal of liberty in paraphrasing the text, often changing the meaning and implications in significant ways. For children who are forming their knowledge of the Bible for the first time, I don't think this is great ...more
Amy
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
We've read this two times now! I love it. The only TEENY thing that I don't like sometimes is the idea that God's going to make us happy. That word choice is irritating to me for some reason. There is a huge difference between having the joy of the Lord (no matter if our circumstances are dark and horrible) and being happy. The idea of God's love permeating everything is beautiful and this is a favorite with us!
Ana Ávila
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this Bible to my 6 month old. He obviously doesn't understand anything yet, but we're starting over tomorrow!

Great resource, it moved me to tears a few times. I'm so happy to have this for my boy and for myself.
Katie
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audrey's aunt gave her this Bible saying that it was the clearest, easiest telling of the gospel. And it totally is. The story of grace is woven through every biblical event and the pictures are beautiful as well. Finished for now but ready to read to my girl over and over again.
Karen
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this with my kids!
Blake Atwood
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asher
I'd give it ten stars if I could.
midnightfaerie
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
The Jesus Storybook Bible was given to my 5 yr old as a gift when he won a contest at church. He loves it. He's 6 yrs old now, and his twin brothers are three, and I read a few of these stories each day until the whole book was done. I read to them everyday, but even the twins would say "I love the Jesus book!" when I asked them what they wanted me to read. It's a great beginner bible, with bright, colorful pictures that they all love. Some of the pictures also were depicted lengthwise on the ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
MY REVIEW

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Deluxe Edition is a wonderful resource to add to any child's bookshelf. It is like a Bible but with a twist. Instead of chapters and verses it holds a story book version of the Bible. The whole point of this Bible is slightly different than the traditional "Bible Story Book", instead it is to tell the story as a whole rather than short stories here and there.

I like this Bible storybook because it doesn't try condense the Bible into child-length stories, but
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Linda
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
What I liked about The Jesus Storybook Bible was "From Noah to Moses to King David, every story whisper[ed] his name." High hopes for this award-winning storybook were dashed however, when some of the stories altered the scripture they came from. Some of the changes were simply fun and harmless; other changes gave an interpretation; while still others took poetic license. Children reading or being read this Storybook over time would believe something untrue. Thankfully, with each story was the ...more
Kira Nelson
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book is absolutely delightful! I highly recommend it for children and adults alike. I listened to an audio version and was absolutely delighted. It's fun, accurate, and insightful. The author does a brilliant job showing how the entire Bible is the story of Jesus Christ and his rescue mission to save His beloved children. I found myself crying at certain points and laughing at others.

If you're looking for a light read that will delight and encourage you I highly recommend this one!
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