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The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments Hardcover – December 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: New Growth Press; 11.1.2011 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936768127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936768127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could speak at length about how much I recommend Marty Machowski s books to churches and indeed I do, along with books from a long list of other authors. But Marty s resources for families and children also appear on a far shorter list that places them in a more significant category for me: they are books that I actually use in my home. Again Marty has provided us with a God-centered, Scripture-grounded, gospel-driven resource that orients the minds of children toward the wondrous works of God. --Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Family Ministry, Southern Seminary; editor of The Journal of Family Ministry

Marty Machowski gets the gospel and knows how to transfer it to kids in a way that delights the soul and engages the mind. The Gospel Story Bible is a treasure for parents of young children. But it s not just for children Marty traces the gospel through the Bible with crystal clarity and traction for all ages. Few pastors I know are this skilled in making the glories of Scripture so accessible in narrative form. It s a must buy. --Dave Harvey, D. Min. Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of When Sinners Say I Do and Rescuing Ambition

More good news for parents (and grandparents)! Marty Machowski has once again delivered an excellent resource to help us lead children spiritually. The Gospel Story Bible explains the storyline of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation in 156 chapters, with vivid illustrations and thoughtful discussion questions for each reading. I fully anticipate that as you read this to your children (or grandchildren), you will be amazed together at the grace of God revealed in Scripture. --C.J. Mahaney President, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of The Cross Centered Life

Marty Machowski gets the gospel and knows how to transfer it to kids in a way that delights the soul and engages the mind. The Gospel Story Bible is a treasure for parents of young children. But it s not just for children Marty traces the gospel through the Bible with crystal clarity and traction for all ages. Few pastors I know are this skilled in making the glories of Scripture so accessible in narrative form. It s a must buy. --Dave Harvey, D. Min. Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of When Sinners Say I Do and Rescuing Ambition

More good news for parents (and grandparents)! Marty Machowski has once again delivered an excellent resource to help us lead children spiritually. The Gospel Story Bible explains the storyline of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation in 156 chapters, with vivid illustrations and thoughtful discussion questions for each reading. I fully anticipate that as you read this to your children (or grandchildren), you will be amazed together at the grace of God revealed in Scripture. --C.J. Mahaney President, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of The Cross Centered Life

About the Author

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for twenty-three years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the forthcoming Gospel Story Sunday school curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester Pennsylvania.

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Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for twenty-six years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children's ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of Long Story Short, Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, The Gospel Story Sunday School Curriculum and the companion Gospel Story Children's Bible. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

Of course a bedtime story can change a life especially if it is God's word.
Renee K
The overall visual appeal of the book is wonderful - full vividly colored pages with retro-feel illustrations by A.E. Macha.
Val C
The stories themselves as well as discussion questions make this a great bible for a wide range of kids.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By i blog 4 books on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love the idea of this type of story Bible. However, after reading a selection of the stories included, my review is a bit mixed.

The Good

The project is a great one! To tell the entire story of the Bible and show how every story points toward Jesus and how all the "individual" stories are really part of one larger story. Excellent!
The stories are based on the ESV translation, which is my personal preference.The stories are very close to the actual Scripture, with only a little bit of "commentary" added.
Each story is only one or two pages, so it's a great length for reading to younger children.
Each story combines portions of Scripture which might otherwise be under several headings, which gives a nice overview of the entire story without it being too long. For instance, the story of the birth of Christ includes both the wisemen (which is only recorded in Matthew) and the shepherds (which is only included in Luke) which then makes one bigger story to help children see the whole picture.
The book is incredibly colorful and the pictures are unique. These are not your typical "Sunday school" drawings.
In the beginning of the book are wonderful suggestions on how to use this as a resource with your children. I especially appreciated the author's suggestion to use this book as a launching point to read the same story in Scripture.

The Not-So-Good

While the notes in the beginning indicate that this would be best used with preschoolers or younger grade school students, I actually think this would be better-suited for older grade school students. At that age, however, I think a "young readers" Bible would be the best option.
The author uses big words that most preschoolers will not understand.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Val C on January 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In The Gospel Story Bible, Marty Machowski chooses 156 stories that can be read by any age group - simple enough for parents to share with younger children or beginning readers - and ends them with a short thought about how each story connects to God's larger plan of salvation through Jesus.

Beginning with creation (of course), Machowski moves through the Old and New Testament even into the epistles to show the plan of God unfolding, from the need for salvation right through to the effects of salvation in the early church stories. While a few statements like "Today, Jesus is our ark" may need some explanation, overall the connection is clearly and simply made. Machowski also provides the relevant Bible passage for further reading along with 3 questions to help think through the story presented, and the introduction also includes suggestions for using the Gospel Story Bible with different age groups.

The overall visual appeal of the book is wonderful - full vividly colored pages with retro-feel illustrations by A.E. Macha. There's lots for the pre-reader to explore, and excitement to the turning pages.

While the obvious audience is children, the Gospel Story Bible is really applicable to any age group or level of Christian believer. It makes connections through out Scripture in a rather unique way that can introduce Jesus to the new believer, or can prompt further study for the long-time Christian (which is how I've been using it lately). One of the best story Bibles I have ever encountered - it's a truly unique telling of the gospel story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Polzin on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I honestly didn't think I'd come even close to finding a storybook Bible that I love as much as The Jesus Storybook Bible that we've had for a few years now. But when I saw this one I knew I had to give it a try. I really do like it! It's got more actual scripture references than the JSB, but the storytelling isn't quite as creative. But I do like that there are many more stories than the JSB has. The pictures are also very nice (not quite as lovely as JSB). One thing that is a little weird to me is that the skin tone of each of the biblical characters is left white. I believe the introduction states something like they did this intentionally so that the child reading it could picture themselves in the story. Hmmm, I think it's odd for a child to be picturing him/herself as Jesus, etc. And I know that, ethinically, the people in the Bible did not have white skin. But once I look past the white skin color I really think it's a nice storybook Bible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Woo on February 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This review is based on my comparison of 20 different children’s Bibles (CB). I first determined the appropriate age group of the Bibles, then pinned them on the scale of dynamic (sense for sense) or formal (word for word) equivalence:

D2 (Most dynamically equivalent, a rather “free” translation with creative license)
D1 (More dynamically equivalent)
N (Neutral, somewhat dynamic and somewhat formal)
F1 (More formally equivalent)
F2 (Most formally equivalent, a rather “rigid” translation with little variance from the original text)

Then, I used the following criteria to judge the usefulness of the Bibles:

Scriptural Fidelity: Does the CB accurately convey the message of the original text of Scripture without adding extraneous details or subtracting essential details?
Theology: Does the CB feature orthodox and appropriate theological interpretation that highlight the main idea and purpose of the text? Does it look ahead to Jesus Christ who fulfills the whole Scripture (Matthew 5:17-20)?
Comprehensiveness: Does the CB include most of the stories from the original text of Scripture?
Storytelling: Is the narrative flow of the CB fluent, clear, engaging, and inspiring?
Illustration: Are the accompanying illustrations in the CB colorful, beautiful, imaginative, intelligible, and faithful to the cultural context and the original text of Scripture?
Interactiveness: Does the CB involve the reader in dialogue? Does it include questions, summaries, and other interactive features that facilitate understanding and encourage personal response?

The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments
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