I love books that are gospel-centered. Love them. As a Presbyterian minister, I am constantly looking for curriculum that emphasizes the gospel rather than moralizing God’s Word. You may think that would be easy. Afterall, there are tons of Christian material out there. It should be easy to find stuff that elevates the gospel. Right? Wrong. Not so. There is indeed a lot of “Christian” material, yet so much of it comes from a What-Would-Jesus-Do, how should we behave, let’s all follow Christ’s example, moralistic mindset. So, when I come across a book that is committed to exalting Christ and elevating the Gospel, I jump all over it.
A couple of weeks ago our Children’s Director at Surfside Presbyterian (Jennifer Cronk, who is awesome by the way) put a very special children’s book on my desk. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The Storybook Bible is a magnificent little book that does a fantastic job of capturing the overarching Gospel message of Scripture. In the book, Jesus is always front and center. Every story moves toward Jesus as the central figure, the hero, the Savior, and the shepherd; the Son of God and the Messiah who was coming to save God’s children from sin and death. So, if you have a child, or grandchild, or think like a child, or read like a child, and you love the gospel of Christ, then you should order this book. Not only will it help your children get the gospel, it will help you get it too.
I have included some links to learn more about this great book.
1 – A web-site introducing the Jesus Storybook Bible, 2 – An interview with Sally Lloyd-Jones by Dan Cruver found on Eucatastrophe, 3 – The Storybook Bible from Amazon.com, 4 – The Storybook Bible is also available on DVD. I’ve included a video excerpt below.