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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Based on the ESV Bible, this uniquely illustrated Bible storybook uses 156 stories to present God’s plan of salvation in Christ from its opening narrative in Genesis to its finale in Revelation. This easy-to-read storybook written for children from preschool to high school introduces readers to many captivating people, places and events from the Bible’s Old and New Testaments. At the same time, Machowski skillfully connects the individual stories to the overall gospel narrative of how God redeemed a broken world through sending his son Jesus to save his people. Each story ends by connecting to Jesus and his gospel of grace. By sharing these Bible stories with each other, young and old will learn together the life-changing habit of recognizing the presence and workings of Christ in every moment of their day.
“The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to change the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read,” says Machowski. “That’s what makes The Gospel Story Bible ideal as a storybook for a preschooler, a devotional for a grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer or an introduction for the new one. Parents and children will learn together to read the whole Bible as one story, with one hero—Jesus Christ.”
Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions and Scripture references accompany each story to help lead families in exploring the Bible. Parents and teachers will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. A companion to the family devotional Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the soon-to-be-released Gospel Story Sunday school curriculum (February 2012), The Gospel Story Bible is also a great resource for churches, Sunday school classes, home-schoolers and Christian schools who want to teach their children to apply the gospel to every situation and make Jesus the most important part of their everyday lives.
List Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: New Growth Press (December 5, 2011)
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
I've enjoyed reading this book to my boys at their bedtime. They (13 and 10) are already familiar with the stories from the Bible. Nevertheless, this book gives us opportunities to discuss and helps my kids connect the dots more easily between the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is Christ-centered; every story points to Jesus. I love that! Some Christians (especially new believers) may think the Old Testament is not relevant and is hard to understand. The Gospel Story Bible will help readers see how the Gospel message is woven throughout the Bible since Genesis. I also like the vibrant colors used in this book. The illustrations are somewhat whimsical. Each story includes three questions for discussion. Great resource!
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