I've fallen in love again with The Big Picture Story Bible, and if you have children spanning various age groups, you may want to know why.
These days, we have a kindergartner and a three year old.
It makes it tricky to study Bible stories together. The age gap matters. And to be honest, I like a children's story book that feeds even my thirty year-old soul a bit.
We have many Bible storybooks we love. But they're either too babyish for Caroline, or too advanced for Amelia. We still love having them on hand for one-on-one reading, but lately, we've found the perfect solution for reading around our cereal bowls in the morning together. It is age-appropriate for anyone, ages 2-102. This book would even benefit teenagers. (I've often considered bringing it as an aide in teaching youth Sunday school or small group, so teens can understand the basic themes of a Bible story before we study it from the Scripture itself.)
Reasons Why I Love The Big Picture Story Bible
- The book reminds children from story 1 (creation) to story 28 (Revelation) that every part of the Bible is really talking about Jesus. (And I appreciate the reminder!)
- It's one of the few children's books that doesn't gloss over the dark sides of the Bible. No, it doesn't highlight age-inappropriate things like incest, adultery, and everything else shocking in Scripture. But it continually reveals that all people -- yes, with a special focus on God's people -- are rebellious, cruel, and miss the point. There are several times in the book when God restores things to peace, and as I turn the page, my girls begin to moan, "Oh no! God's people are going to be mean again! They'll disobey! They'll forget!" Amen. Let's not be self-righteous Christians. Let's always remember that WE forget God... that WE miss the point... that WE disobey. And there is mercy and transformation in Jesus.
- There are some simple themes this storybook highlights from Genesis to Revelation:
- That God made a promise... which His people continually broke and rejected... and which He mercifully upheld for us anyway.
- God's Place - Began as Eden. Became Canaan. Symbolic of Heaven.
- God's Kingdom - Started in the Garden. Became Israel. But was leading up to a kingdom composed of His people from every nation, tribe, and tongue.
- God as King - He was King in the Garden. People thought David was the "forever King." But really David was a foreshadowing of King Jesus.
- Believe God. This book makes it clear that all sin stems from doubting God's goodness.
Just for fun, here are some clips from the book.
Get a copy for your family!
I hope you love it like we do.