The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden
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Having taught Sunday school for over twenty years, I know firsthand that most children view the Bible as a collection of isolated moral stories, but few understand the metanarrative - the big picture of the entire story. The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden impressively distills the whole story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation into one continuous narrative. In 10 playful-yet-eye-opening chapters, the mystery of the Bible is unraveled. Starting with the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, The Biggest Story connects the dots that led to Christ's death and ultimately to the new heaven and earth. The striking and powerful illustrations help bring the story to life. They are moody and dark when depicting the presence of Satan and light and bright when illustrating our triumphant God. Super easy to understand, we are enjoying sharing this perfect read aloud with our Sunday school class. 132 pages, for ages 5-11.
“In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung masterfully tells the story of man’s inability to be good enough and God’s enduring faithfulness to His promise to bring us back to paradise. This is the big picture, not the typical moralistic way of telling the Bible’s story. This book is engaging and wonderfully illustrated; your kids will want sit on your lap and have you read it again and again.”
Tedd Tripp, pastor; international conference speaker; author, Shepherding a Child's Heart
“The Biggest Story is a family worship favorite around our household. The kids love hearing the story of Scripture read as one continuous adventure. From toddlers to adults, this book teaches important truths about God, His Word, and the history of His work in the world.”
David Platt, President of International Mission Board, author of Radical; and his wife, Heather
"This book is really wonderfully done. The Biggest Story is a Bible survey, a biblical/theological/historical/redemptive review of the great theme of Scripture, and all done for little kids. The illustrations by Don Clark are quite festive, and invite examination. There is something about this book — it has drawing power. Set it out on the coffee table, and watch people go right to it."
Douglas Wilson, Senior Fellow of Theology, New St. Andrews College; Pastor, Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho
“The Biggest Story is a delight to the eyes, ears, and hearts of its readers. With rich illustrations and even richer text, the biggest and best story is presented in all of its vivid colors—every dark shade and every bright tone. Parent and child alike will feel the ache of the fallenness of human nature and the comfort of an always-faithful God. From our family to yours, we wholeheartedly commend this book!”
Matt and Lauren Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; and his wife Lauren, writer; speaker; singer
“Kevin DeYoung has written a delightful book that both young and old will enjoy. The Biggest Story is a small treatment of a huge theme—God’s drama of redemption, centered on Jesus Christ. Kevin’s words are fresh, engaging, playful, and biblical. Many Bible storybooks offer pearls without a string. This one puts the pearls on a string—the right one. The result is magnificent and memorable.”
Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspectives Ministries; author, Heaven, If God Is Good, and Money, Possessions & Eternity
“Rarely has one heard The Greatest Story ever told like this—with such winsome grace and compelling truth. Once we began, we couldn't stop reading the The Biggest Story aloud to our family, all in one sitting. Laughed, stilled, and wept by the last line—the moving glory of His amazing grace.”
Ann Voskamp, author, New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts
“Have you ever wanted to hug a book? This is how I felt after reading The Biggest Story. It awakened childlike wonder in this grandmother’s heart. The charming words and illustrations creatively tell the biggest and best story—the drama of redemption in Christ.”
Susan Hunt, former Director of Women's Ministries, PCA; author, Women's Ministry in the Local Church
“I love what Kevin has done here! I’m buying a copy for each of my grandkids.”
Rick Warren, #1 New York Times best-selling author, The Purpose Driven Life; Pastor, Saddleback Church
“So often, our kids hear individual stories from the Bible without fully understanding how these accounts are tied to the ‘biggest story’ of Christ’s ultimate victory over sin. Kevin DeYoung has linked together the Bible stories that are familiar to children into one, enthralling volume. From the first page to the last, kids will come to understand why Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension are truly at the center of all of history.”
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
“Besides the Bible, this is exactly the kind of book that I love to give as a gift. All day long, from infancy to adulthood, we are all invited to participate in different stories—wear this product, use this technology, vote this way, go to this school, follow this leader. What could be more important than teaching our children the Big Story? Kevin's retelling of the Serpent-Crusher's conquest will be beloved by parents and children alike.”
Gloria Furman, Pastor’s wife, Redeemer Church of Dubai; mother of four; author, Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
Illustrated By: Don Clark
Size: 7.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 22.0 ounces
Published: August 31, 2015
I bought this for a gift, but after seeing it we will be getting a copy for ourselves. We haven't read the story, but based on the ascetics and concept I will give 5 stars.
I purchased The Biggest Story for my almost 5 year old daughter. We have The Big Picture Story Bible and have enjoyed it since she was a baby. I think The Biggest Story is a great follow up. It is written for an older audience, in a conversational tone, and I think it's appropriate for her age. I love that it focuses on Jesus from the beginning to the end. However, my daughter was disappointed that some of her favorite stories were missing from this book. When we came to the full page illustration of David and Goliath my daughter was excited to hear the familiar tale, but was disappointed when I read what was in the book...it was comparing King David and Jesus...Goliath's name was not mentioned at all. As we continue reading and discussing the book, I think she'll better understand the big picture of this book. It is a good supplement to our other bibles, which include the stories she wants to hear in detail. Overall, it's a good book, and I recommend it as a great supplement to other children's bibles, to help children understand God's overall plan for our salvation.