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Jesus Calling Bible Storybook
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
I LOVE Sarah Young's way of presenting God's promises to us in a personal way. I first discovered Ms. Young when I read 40 Days With Jesus: Celebrating His Presence, which prompted me to purchase the year long devotional (Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence). When she published Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids I bought it! I type up the devotionals and add a picture to them and include them in my daughter's lunch box every day. When I saw this title, I was excited to have one to share with my preschooler.

But this one is so much more than the others! It includes 49 Old Testament stories and 51 New Testament stories presented with beautiful illustrations (thank you Caroline Farias)and a great age appropriate narration. According to Young this book was "designed to help young children come to know God's Word and enjoy the Presence of Jesus in their lives. This book tells the wonderful story of God's great love for His people." I have to say that this has definitely been accomplished.

The Bible portions that have been included show God's love from creation, through Abraham, David, and finally the life of Jesus as well a reminder that "one day, things will become perfect the way God wants them to be. Someday God's love-brighter than the brightest sun-will be the only light we need...in the vision that Jesus showed to John, God and his children lived together as one perfect, happy family--the way it was supposed to be back in the Garden with Adam and Eve all those years ago." I found the stories to follow the Biblical account very closely and that made me happy. So many children's Bibles turn the accounts into fairy tales.

What I especially enjoyed is that at the end of each story is a Bible verse that corresponds to the events as well as a devotional in the expected Saray Young style. For example, the devotion after the story of Ruth and Naomi reads: Everything that happens fits into My plan for good if you love Me. Trust Me with big things, like your friendships and future dreams. You can also trust Me for little, everyday things. Remember how I took care of Ruth and Naomi. Nothing is too big or too small for Me. So talk with me about everything.

And the watercolor illustrations are absolutely GORGEOUS! I would love to frame some of them! If you have a young child, this book really does need to be on your bookshelf!

I did receive a digital copy of this book from the publisher with the expectation that I would give it an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2015
A friend of ours gave my children this book for Christmas. I started reading it to my kids, but stopped after just a few devotionals. I believe that devotional bibles are fine - if they are Biblically accurate. However, I found myself having to go back to the scripture passages to give my kids the true story! Things like the story of Cain and Abel - Sarah Young writes that after Abel's death, all people came from Cain - the cursed brother. No mention of Seth, etc. And in the story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah - she writes that Leah had eleven children and Rachel had two. Back to the Bible... I understand that a Bible story book will sometimes simplify complex stories for young readers, but it should NOT give false information!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
This is a wonderful book for parents or grandparents to read to little ones. It covers the major parts of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. There several parts to each section, and places to stop and dialogue. I am very pleased with this book, which I bought for me to read with my grandchildren.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
I am so glad we found this Bible storybook! We have tried quite a few and usually become irritated for various reasons, such as an author introducing too much personal interpretation, focusing too much on any one aspect of scripture (such as every other story being about idolatry), or many of the stories being too long to hold a child's attention.

Compared to the rest of the bible story books we have found, this one is the best! It is not perfect as there is still a subtle hint of interpretation such as with the story of God Testing Abraham on pages 46-47, but overall, in my opinion, this storybook sticks very close to the original text. When I really try to place myself in the author's shoes, I don't think I could do a better job of making so many bible stories palatable for kids ranging from 2-12+.

The stories are the perfect length to hold both my 4 and 7 year old's attention, the illustrations are great (really great!), and the stories frequently lead to further discussion and exploration within our family. Not to mention I get something out of them too!

It is with all of this considered that I wholeheartedly rate this book 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2014
Absolutely the best Bible storybook out there. The pictures are captivating and it's one of the most comprehensive ones we have seen. It tells the stories in a way that is driven by Truth instead of fluffing over the not so good stories which I have seen in some children's Bibles:( Also the little devotion messages are so great. It even got my 3 year old super hyper strong-willed niece to sit down for a story. Were are reading this to our baby hoping they will have a strong relationship with Jesus instead of growing up in a environment where they feel mom and dad's religion is forced on them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
Wonderful book. It has a good amount of text that's fairly easy to read and beautiful pictures. Good intro to the bible before actually reading a full bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
Visually beautiful, the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook combines nearly 100 concisely told stories with richly colored artwork sure to appeal to children. Stories also feature a "Jesus Calling" section, with an appropriate Bible verse and short devotional thought for children in the style of Sarah Young's popular Jesus Calling devotional for adults. The devotional thoughts offer a balanced focus on Jesus' love and the obedient behaviors that please him.

Longer Bible stories, such as the story of Moses and the Exodus in the Old Testament and Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament, are divided into several shorter stories under a single heading-keeping the attention span of young readers in mind. In some stories the author skillfully interjects simple explanations of life in Bible times or a character's actions.

I like the way this Bible storybook handles important stories that include aspects parents may not want their children exposed to just yet, such as the destruction during Noah's flood, the Egyptian army drowning in the Red Sea, the conquest of Jericho, or even the crucifixion itself. The author and illustrator both demonstrate sensitivity and restraint throughout the book.

The book's design allows text and artwork to shine, as does the extra-heavy coated paper the book is printed on.

Here and there I spotted small details that I might have chosen to express or illustrate differently, but those don't detract from the overall effectiveness of this book meeting its expressed goal: "To help young children come to know God's Word and enjoy the Presence of Jesus in their lives."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2013
What a beautiful Bible storybook for kids of all ages. From the minute I picked this book up I just knew I was going to love it. The pages are illustrated beautifully and are made of a nice thick paper that will hold to years of use. The pictures really help bring the story to life! The Bible stories in this book are great and cover all the main stories you expect to read and many more that some books leaves out. I like how each story is short which makes a great bedtime story, or great to pair with another book too. I enjoy the little devotions at the end of each story and they are great to help relate to the story to everyday life plus their is verse with each one.

I highly recommend this to anyone with kids of all ages. Its a great book that kids can grow up with and with over 200 pages and well over 30 stories spanning both the New and Old Testament it will take quite some time to finish it just once.

* I received this book from Tommy Nelson through Radiant Lit. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
Sarah Young is a Spirit-centered writer. Who is sensitive to sharing God's truth in a loving practical way. Highly recommend.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
This was a Christmas present for my nephew. The illustrations are beautiful. Big print. He is 3 years old. Perfect for young children.
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