The Promises of God Storybook Bible is not just another children’s Bible but one that proves God is always in control, can always be trusted, always loves His children, always provides, always cares, always…
It’s very interesting to read children’s versions of the Bible, especially after having read and taught the ‘adult’ version for so many years. Because God’s Word is alive and active, any retelling of the story should reiterate those truths that we know so well and allow ‘new’ truths to become real. For instance, why did Joseph cry when he saw his brothers again. We’re often taught that it was because he missed them so much, but could it also be that even though he had forgiven them their betrayal still hurt.
God’s sovereignty is a consistent theme throughout the stories, helping children (actually, anyone who reads it) understand that God is in total control of all aspects of life.
I’m always cautious with Paul’s part of the story and presenting it in such a way that children understand that he is being used by God, through his writings, to help the Believers, both then and now, understand God’s Word, Jesus’ life and sacrifice, and how it applies to our everyday lives. Jennifer Lyell does this beautifully. Check out his quote from her words on 1 & 2 Thessalonians.
Paul wrote these letters to the church in Thessalonica thousands of years ago. But God put them in the Bible because they’re also promises for us today, and they have been for followers of Jesus from the beginning. We are all to wait for Him to come back and not worry about when it will be because God knows the perfect time. And we are to listen only to teachers who teach what matches the things Jesus taught. And we should encourage one another to work hard telling people about Jesus like Paul did! (pg. 255)
I shared this book with a delightful family to read and review for me. Their comments were very positive with only one suggestion which I found quite interesting. They felt that sometimes the titles were misleading and should have better matched the story and the concept of God’s Promises.
I would have liked to see some of Mrs. Lyell’s stories of the other New Testament writers, like James and Peter, included in this book.
I highly recommend this book. Jennifer Lyell is an awesome storyteller. It will be an excellent resource for family devotions, Children’s Sunday School and small group teachers.
Blessings to you and yours!
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