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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,599 ratings  ·  872 reviews
The Jesus Storybook Bible invites you and your children into the story of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. This heartfelt, children’s Bible storybook, which has impacted over 6 million families, introduces children to God’s wonderful story, and the Savior at the center of that story.  

The Jesus Storybook Bible is very different fr
Hardcover, 352 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 Christi…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
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
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
Skylar Burris
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible, childrens
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
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
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.
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..
Ansley Ewton
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing & convicting. I started reading this to my daughter and found myself often brought to tears at The Gospel message - it is conveyed so clearly & beautifully in this book. We just finished the last chapter today and will beginning the first chapter again tomorrow - it will become a favorite in our home.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every story whispers his name. Jesus.

"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me." John 5:39 (ESV)

The Bible is a narrative that shows us the gospel in every book. It is harder to see it in some than others. This storybook Bible clearly demonstrates the telling about the plan for a Savior in each story.

As G.K. Chesterton is quoted in the intro to book: " I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story
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.
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
Melody Schwarting
Lloyd-Jones's gentle, simple storytelling centers God instead of humans in these Bible stories. It is more heavy on the storybook angle, as the title promises, than some other children's Bibles I've read. Unlike some other children's Bibles, it reaches to children's emotions to help them encounter the divine rather than appealing to guilt.

I'm not a huge fan of Jago's art style, but I appreciate how emotive the faces are, the color palette of the book, and how a lot of skin tones (mostly brown) a
Aug 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“And he knew, in some mysterious way that would be hard to explain, that everything was going to be more wonderful for once having been so sad.”
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!

There is real joy that comes when reading the word of God and sharing that joy with your children as they too learn
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
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
R.J. Rodda
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, childrens
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. ...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. ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great children’s book telling the story of Christ, with beautiful illustrations. I’m sure to read this again and again to my little one.
Oct 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022
Read through with my daughter, a few stories at a time. The first thing to say, and the best reason for a high rating, is that it’s the only children’s Bible story book that has captured my daughter’s attention. I’ve tried six-odd others and she will sit through most of them, but with this one she asks for more.

There are some theological errata, but none that ultimately concern me in a book aimed at under-10s.

Perhaps the retelling of Rachel and Leah, with Leah recast as the suffering main chara
Kacy Robinson
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finished our first read through this morning.
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
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
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 relatio
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
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. ...more
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