Clay and I purposed years ago to help our children build their own personal libraries for the grandchildren so birthdays and Christmas always find us looking for new titles to send to them. What a treasure these books by Sally Lloyd-Jones were to discover! Filled with solid theology throughout and fabulously illustrated by Jago, your little ones will want to read these books over and over again. In fact, they would be perfect for family devotions and can be adapted for a variety of ages in your home!
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name takes the reader through the Old and New Testaments, showing how all the truth of Scripture points to Christ and His atoning work on the cross. Highly recommended by Summit Ministry’s worldview professor, John Stonestreet, you can also purchase a separate curriculum kit, curriculum handouts, and you can even download a free advent reading plan to go along with the book! Here is an excerpt from the book:
No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne — everything — to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is — it’s true.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle — the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture. And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day — but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning…”
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, just released in October, helps children answer the big questions with simple but satisfying and profound answers. As with all of Jago’s artwork, the illustrations are vibrant and moving, reflecting the truth woven throughout the pages of the book that we are loved with an everlasting love of the Father.In the forward of the book, Tim Keller writes:
“Why has so little attention ever been given to the devotional lives of children? Of course we should be doing all the standard things: teaching them the catechism, including them in family devotions, helping them to participate in worship. But encouraging a child to develop his or her own devotional life has long been a missing piece that has direct effect on whether a child grows up with a balanced spiritual life or one that is dangerously one sided….Somehow, however, the experiential side of a relationship with God is often neglected so that by the time children are teens, they are woefully lopsided–long on information, but short on experience of God’s presence.”
If you only purchase one book about advent this year for children, let it be Song of the Stars. A quote from the book describes it best:
“The skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep. And tiny sandpipers danced it on shining sands… ‘It’s time! It’s time!’ On one quiet night, creation whispered a secret. Grass and bees, robins and trees all spread the word. Sheep told their young while angels sang the song to the shepherds. Hushed news of a miracle echoed to the ends of the earth. The moment had come. The long-awaited child had arrived! Creation cried out in celebration, but only a few people heard. Only a few joined nature’s chorus, a song in praise of the newborn.”