The Big Picture Story Bible
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Bible story books are ubiquitous; strewn across the waiting room table, jammed into a spinning bookrack alongside the likes of a purple dinosaur who claims to be family, and maybe even lurking under the back seat of your van where you can see, but can't quite reach it. But unless they are The Big Picture Story Bible (or The Jesus Storybook Bible), they are sorely lacking the cohesive thread that God has woven through the Old and New Testaments. The Bible was not intended to be a collection of short stories, but rather a multi-generational study of why we need a Savior. The Big Picture Story Bible is the first children's book we have seen that accomplishes that goal.
Ideal First Bible Story Book
Written with simplicity, The Big Picture Story Bible is an ideal first Bible story book as it succinctly unfurls the story of the Creator's plan to bring this rebellious world back under the rule of its rightful King.
Many Bible story books err by allowing the characters of the stories to become idols: Noah rescues the animals, David triumphs over Goliath, and Moses leads the Israelites. The Big Picture Story Bible, however, remains truly God-centered as it recaps the progressive story of redemption.
Only One Story Line
Not to be confused with a children's Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible integrates many familiar Bible stories into one story line that shows how a glorious God keeps His promise. After your children have been saturated with that awesome message, turn to a children's Bible to fill in all the details.
Large, Appealing Artwork
Because this is a children's book, a book you want even non-readers poring over, exceptional artwork is imperative. Even here, The Big Picture Story Bible does not disappoint. It is exceedingly obvious that the large, beautiful artwork was well thought out; each appealing illustration has been executed with excellence.
Author: David R. Helm
Illustrator: Gail Schoonmaker
Number of Pages: 456
Date of Publication: July 31, 2014
Dimensions: 9.0 in x 9.0 in
We have owned this book for many years. The illustrations are lovely and fully cover the pages. And the illustrations often lead to questions from little ones that lead to great discussions, such as, “Why is she crying?” Or “Why is he looking up at the stars?” Etc.
The book does not have much text, so it can be read through in a short time. But we have found it makes a great text for advent as it goes through the whole Bible quickly, but all the time pointing toward the coming Messiah.
They should have told me it only had a few words. I liked the story, it was told in a way people could understand. I would say it has good, big pictures, and few words and it teaches people about Jesus in a cool way.
This Bible does what I have wanted to do for years: bring God's HUGE story down to a kids level without loosing the basic meaning. It does not get focused on parts of the story, but keeps the theme of God's heart from Creation: God's People, Living in Gods Place, Gods way. I was encouraged the first time i read it and i have read and re-read it to all four of my kids and now my oldest reads it to my preschoolers friends. The gospel is clear and it does not deviate into 'types' as much as is now popular. if you have ever had Progress of Redemption classes...this is that class for pre-schoolers
My son really enjoyed the stories and pictures. The stories are the perfect length for 4-6 year olds and God's truth was illuminated. We enjoyed it a lot and would suggest it to anyone who wants to add "Bible" to their curriculum for preschool.