Book Review: the Jesus Storybook Bible

A few months ago I incorporated reading the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones into our morning routine. Every morning before Jackson goes to school I read a chapter while the kids eat breakfast. This is definitely not your typical children’s Bible. From the first chapter, I knew this was going to be something different. Something special. Something that would make the Bible come alive for them. More than Bible stories with fun illustrations.

Every single story somehow points to Christ. To his “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.” Instead of a list of rules to follow or mere stories about adventures someone had a long time ago, the Jesus Storybook Bible shares each story from the unique perspective of God’s beautiful, great plan to redeem His creation and emphasizes his boundless love.
For example, Moses and the Ten Commandments concludes with, “Only one Person could keep all the rules. And many years later God would send him – to stand in their place and be perfect for them. Because the rules couldn’t save them. Only God could save them.”

We finished this book a few days ago and I have to admit, I was sad that I had to find another morning read. It has been so good for my kids, but also for me. As adults I find we can easily over-complicate the God thing. The simplicity and joy of the Gospel was brought before me in a way I’ve never experienced.


I began our morning reading time because I want my kids to understand the everyday relevance of faith. We don’t check off our Jesus box every Sunday morning and then ignore Him the rest of the week. The Gospel is for our everyday lives. At this point I feel like my role is to introduce them to Jesus. I can’t make this their faith. I can’t “instill my faith” in them. I can only point the way. And I am so grateful for books like the Jesus Storybook Bible that help me share Christ with them.

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