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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

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The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piec ...more
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 f
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 h
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, h ...more
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
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 audie
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 lif ...more
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 storybo
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 too..
Blake Atwood
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asher
I'd give it ten stars if I could.
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 skil ...more
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. Ra ...more
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 sto
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 pr
Mandy J. Hoffman

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 ra
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 pa ...more
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 us
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 Ch
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 c
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!
Rebekah 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.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young families
Recommended to Danette by: Challies
Shelves: picture-books
Listened to the audio book with 5 year old, Naomi.
By the end, Naomi was quoting an oft repeated phrase, "God's Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love."
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this with my kids!
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my elementary class. We read a chapter two or three times a week. The chapters are the perfect length to keep students engaged. The kids loved the stories, and I love how each one relates to the promise of God to send a Savior. The class applauded at the end, and I am ready to start the whole story again.
Samuel Bierig
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second Storybook Bible my wife and I have used with our daughter (2 1/2). It was a perfect graduation up from DeYoung's "The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings us back to he Garden" I will be starting it over with her tomorrow night!

She plays a little to fancy and free in a few places, but overall it is a helpful catechetical tool for youngsters.
Michael Mcculloh
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, faith
Brilliant adaptation that dances in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis. Great for all ages. I love how she points all stoties to the Messiah. Looking foward to more books from Lloyd-Jones!
Margaret Chind
You've heard me before, right? The Jesus Storybook Bible is an amazing experience, literally whispering the name of Jesus throughout --> Old Testament through the New Testament. While it's true the deluxe edition and the original as well as the gorgeous leather versions are a great kid-size books. But have you wanted to spend the Advent season together reading aloud and truly sharing the Jesus Storybook Bible as a family you may want to invest in the larger lap-size read-aloud version. This i ...more
Mike Awtry
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent way for young children (and adults, too) to see how the Bible isn't a book of rules or people we're supposed to be like, but about Jesus being the promised one for God's rescue plan from the very beginning.
Jon Delamarter
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Edit: Wanted to add this must-read article.

I normally wait to finish a book before writing the review. I'm sorry, I can't wait this time.

I had heard good things about The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name and assumed it must be good, since Pastor Rick had it on our bookshelf at church. Then one of my daughters found a mint condition imitation leather bound edition at the thrift store. She was very excited and asked me to read a story e
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My son is a little over a year old now. One of the things I most looked forward to about becoming a dad was the chance to share the truth about God and Christ with my children through the scriptures. As we asked around, we kept hearing about The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Everyone (even some friends of ours who didn’t even have kids yet) said it was an amazing Bible. We picked up a copy for ourselves, and I then had the opportunity to get a deluxe edition from the publisher. Ba ...more
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Resources to teach our kids about the Bible (without sugarcoating it) 1 17 Jul 29, 2013 02:41PM  
  • The Big Picture Story Bible
  • Big Truths for Little Kids
  • The Child's Story Bible
  • Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God: Old Testament
  • Read With Me Bible
  • The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden
  • Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent
  • Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God
  • Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church (History Lives #1)
  • The Black Star of Kingston (The Green Ember #0.5; Tales of Old Natalia #1)
  • A Pair of Red Clogs
  • Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
  • Treasuring God in Our Traditions
  • The Rag Coat
  • The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories
  • Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids
  • Wise Words
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
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