Most of us read scripture the same way, as if all the stories of old are independent of each other. Short. Disconnected. I can read my kids the story of “Daniel in the Lions Den” one night, and within a couple of days, we are reading about “Jonah in the Whale.” We can do this night after night, but never understand how they all play into a bigger story.
I started searching for a new Bible. One that would help me tie together the stories. I finally found it. And, after reading some of it, I have recommended it to college students and adults, as it is eye opening.
Here is what I love about this Bible:
1) My 4 year old stays engaged.
This is big. I agree with the founder of Young Life, Jim Rayburn, when he says that it is a sin to bore someone with the gospel. It is important to me that my kids are drawn into the story of God from a young age. In other words, I don’t want to sit down to read the Bible, and the first thing they see is a big, thick, leather-bound King James Version in front of them.
2) The pictures actually enhance the story, not take away from it.
I think the illustrator, Jago, did a great job on this. My 3 year old will stop me and ask a question as we read, because both my boys are studying the pictures the entire time I am reading the text. In fact, sometimes they are too intrigued with the pictures, and that always seems to be the nights that I am tired and want to read a story quickly.
3) It always ties the little story in to the grand story of the Gospel.
This is by far my favorite part. I’ve already read a few bibles through with my older boys, but this is the first one that begins to lay down the whispers of Jesus, beginning in Genesis. I love that. And if I was honest, I’d have to admit I am learning as I read as well. Here is the ending to the story of Daniel in the lion’s den:
“God would keep on rescuing his people. And the time was coming when God would send another brave Hero, like Daniel, who would love God and do what God said ~ whatever it cost him, even if it meant he would die. And together they would pull off the Greatest Rescue the world has ever known.”
All that to say, I’d highly recommend it. Each time I read out of this bible, I am reminded of the awesome story of God redeeming His people.
What do you use that helps you teach your kids about Jesus at such a young age?