We have several 'Childrens' Bibles' but the one which I find far and away the best is The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd Jones and illustrated by Jago.
The stories are written in a style similar to that which I would use to tell my children any story - graphic, fast-paced and exciting. Which of course, is what the Bible is! But even more importantly, every story, whether it be from the Old or the New Testament, finishes with a clear explanation of how it relates to the life of Christ. I think this is of great importance; even as an adult reading the Bible, there can be times when we forget just how perfectly God planned everything. Nothing recorded in the Bible was a random event. Everything fits together clearly and purposefully.
It does not stick precisely to the Biblical text (for example, I do not think that Goliath actually said to the Israelites 'I'm going to cut off your heads and eat them on toast' as he taunted them!). So The Jesus Storybook Bible needs to be understood and used for what it is - a wonderful, captivating account of the works of God and a good introduction to both some of the best known Bible stories and God's redeeming plan. But it should be coupled with other forms of Biblical instruction too.
We read from The Jesus Storybook Bible every evening as part of our bedtime routine. We read a story from it, then discuss it (increasingly so as the boys' understanding develops), then have some songs (ideally relating to the story we have chosen). Finally we ask the boys what they want to thank God for from the story we have read and then from the day as a whole. We then pray as a family. It has helped us form a structure and it is something which the whole family benefits from. We all learn something more of God's love and grace, and this book is a resource which has enabled us all to grow in our relationship with Him.
- I am a Christian mother of five, and our highest goal as a family is to serve God in every aspect of our lives. Jesus promised His disciples 'life in all its abundance' (John 10:10) - that has been our story, a rich life, not devoid of challenges, but certainly abundant. Previously writing at www.homeeducationnovice.blogspot.com, we have come to realise that education is just one area where our faith shapes our choices and direction in life. This blog seeks to share our adventure.