It’s Christmastime and the stores are filled with shoppers! Everywhere you turn there is a Christmas sale, an advertisement, an email with the latest deal, and just more and more cars and people running frantically about. Personally, I HATE shopping. No matter what time of year it is, I don’t like the crowds and the wandering around. I only find shopping satisfying when it is so quick and efficient that I get to rapidly check things off my list, which really just comes down to I like checking things off lists!
But in my opinion the worst part of Christmas shopping is figuring out what to get for everyone. I am a parent, so I want to get a few gifts for my boys but have you ever walked into Toys R Us during the month of December? The only words I can think of to describe it are overwhelming and terrifying! It’s already hard to figure out what to get for your kids without being bombarded by advertisements and other frantic parents fighting for the best deal! So while I know this won’t solve all of your Christmas buying dilemmas, I do have one suggestion for a great Christmas present that you could give your kids this season – The Jesus Storybook Bible.
I got this book as a Christmas gift for my older son when we was 2 ½ at the time (though it is really better for preschool/elementary aged kids). First off, it is a gorgeous book. Every page is filled with vibrant, colorful, and engaging images that bring the stories to life. Each page offers a new visual joy to experience that I love reading it with my boys for the pictures alone. But what is so special about this book is the stories.
I own a lot of children’s bibles both at home and at work and many of them are excellent. They tell the Bible stories in ways that children can understand; they have great illustrations and their easy to read. But what makes The Jesus Storybook Bible special is the line that’s written on the front cover, “every story whispers his name.” You see, what I love about this book is that the author doesn’t just paraphrase Bible stories but tells the great story of the Bible. The one big story about God’s big love for us that God has written throughout time and history. She weaves these powerful and important stories of God into the grand narrative that they are, at every turn directing the reader back to Jesus.
The introduction says it all. Sally Llyod Jones writes,
“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 county 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! … It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.”
I love that! I think so many times we segregate verses or stories from the Bible into their own individual entities. We see them as books, chapters, and verses and forget that each one is telling us a bigger story of a bigger God who loves us with “a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love!” That’s the story of the Bible, folks. That’s the story of History. It’s your story, my story, and the story of our children and future generations. So if you are still looking for a remarkable gift for your child get them a copy of this book and read it together night by night. Because I guarantee with each turn of the page you and your child will fall more deeply in love with an amazing God who loves us so much that he sent a baby to bring us joy, hope, and peace. Merry Christmas!