At Gracepoint Berkeley church, we are still very full from the spiritual feast we experienced this past weekend at our annual Thanksgiving Retreat! We’re praying for all the church plants, who are having their retreats this weekend (and two weeks from now for our church in Taiwan). The theme of this year’s retreat was about God’s Story, and how each of our stories are like threads woven into this larger, grand tapestry God has been weaving since the beginning.
I don’t want to give away too much for the readers who are from the church plants, but wanted to give a little plug for The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (2007), from which we excerpted some text for…a special something. 🙂 The book draws from key Bible passages to present God’s Story in a seamless whole.
The full title of the book is The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Each story from the Old Testament links to the larger arc of God’s salvation plan, foreshadowing and linking to Jesus. And as I’ve observed the kids in Bibliopolis reading to themselves, to one another, and discussing with each other, I’ve noticed that they are “getting it.” For example, as they read and asked questions about Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, they made the connection that it was like how God gave Jesus, his son as a sacrifice. And if you notice, there is continuity in the artwork, and that helps them make this connection as well.
It’s a wonderful book to read aloud with kids. It’s very reasonably priced at ChristianBook.com, and just in time for Christmas presents for cousins, nieces, nephews, family friends, or whoever! Even if you don’t have kids of your own, it’s a great book to have at your house for when kiddos come over as well.
Do you have any stories to share about reading The Jesus Storybook Bible with your kids?