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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Har/Com edition (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433523914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433523915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Christians parents looking for a Bible storybook they can trust will welcome The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and Gayle Schoonmaker. The biblical story is told well and in a way that will compel the attention of children. Parents, grandparents, and others will see this book as a friend as they teach their children the things of God.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“When serving as a pastor, I frequently purchased and gave this Bible to families with young children in hopes that the parents would read and absorb its message. Here’s a Bible storybook that shows the biblical story from Creation to New Testament—a book that anticipates Jesus in the Old Testament and makes his crucifixion and resurrection the proper climax of the New Testament. My wife and I love it. Our kids love it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Trevin Wax, Managing Editor, The Gospel Project; author, Gospel-Centered Teaching, Counterfeit Gospels, and Holy Subversion

“When my son was growing up we read lots of Bible storybooks. But somehow we missed the big story that all of the stories fit into. The Big Picture Story Bible provides a foundation for children (and their moms and dads) to grasp God’s intention for his people to be in his place under his loving rule from the first page of the Bible to the last. What a treasure!”
Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

“As someone who tries to establish a regular pattern of family worship at the dinner table, I am always on the lookout for good Bible story resources to use with children of all ages. The Big Picture Story Bible is written in a simple way with pictures that reinforce the meaning of the biblical text and often contain details that generate conversation and lead to a deeper understanding of the gospel. Even better, Helm’s redemptive-historical orientation helps even the youngest Christians see the fundamental unity of the Bible and its single gospel message of salvation in Christ. As the title implies, it is an ideal book for helping little people get ‘the big picture.’ I have given dozens of these away as gifts. Highly recommended.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“This is an excellent book for both children and adults to read to gain the big story line of the entire Bible. The writing is excellent. The illustrations are excellent. The way the author summarizes the broad sweep of the Bible into 450 pages is also, excellent. If you’re planning on getting married and making babies, plan on reading this book to your babies.”
Justin Buzzard, Lead Pastor, Garden City Church, Silicon Valley; author, Date Your Wife and The Big Story

“A powerfully done, relevant book for parents to teach their children about God. Buy this book and use it with your children.”
Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

“This book is an outstanding resource for parents who delight in invading their children’s lives with the gospel. Your children will learn and grow through the marvelous words and pictures, and your heart will be refreshed and comforted again and again with the greatest story of all.”
Barbara Duiguid, author, Extravagant Grace

“David Helm has a pastor’s eye for the grand narrative of Scripture, combined with a father’s understanding of how to communicate that big idea to little minds. Gail Schoonmaker’s delightful pictures not only illustrate the text but also include additional details that invite parent and child to plunge deeper into the richness of the biblical account. Highly recommended!”
Iain M. Duguid, Professor of Old Testament, Grove City College; author, Numbers (Preaching the Word Commentary Series)

About the Author

David R. Helm serves as lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. He also serves as Chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, an organization which promotes practical instruction in preaching. He is the co-author of The Genesis Factor (with Jon Dennis), a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching, and the author of The Big Picture Story Bible and 1 and 2 Peter and Jude in the Preaching the Word commentary series.

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Customer Reviews

This Bible connects the WHOLE of God's story in a way that children can begin to understand.
God, the king of the universe was showing the world how great he was by sending his Son into the world as one of his people.
Philip Schroeder
We have been reading this book every night for her bed time for the last several week at her request.

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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Marie Swanson on March 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Among chidlren's bibles, this one stands in a league all its own. Helm refuses to treat the bible as a collection of disconnected stories whose main purpose is to get kids to "be good little boys and girls". Instead He lets the bible be what it is meant to be: the unfolding and often messy story of the creator's plan to rescue this rebellious world and bring it back under the rule of it's rightful king. He masterfully pays attention to the details of the biblical narratives, but always connects it to God's promise to bring blessing to the world through Israel, and finally and completely through Jesus. He writes at a level that is simple and accessible to small children and yet theologically informed. The illustrations are done with excellence and in a way that is appealing to small children. My advice: Toss all your moralistic, theologcially weak children's bibles in the recycling bin and buy this one!
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kimbrough on June 28, 2006
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How does one start a review of a book like the Bible? How does one review a book written by one's pastor and friend? Well, I can tell you that I am unashamedly proud of this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to ALL.

First and most important of all, this is a very fair and generous rendering of the Bible. This book contains all the key episodes of the biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation (and more), as others have said. Second, it is a book that is easily and enthusiastically embraced by children. Third, while many children's Bibles, like much Sunday School curriculum, take a biblical story and apply it as a moral lesson, the art, language and layout of this book remarkably captures the THEOLOGY of the Bible in a Christ-centered, Gospel-centered, and redemptively-centered way which is such a much better way of teaching children the message of Scripture.

What's that mean? Well for classical Protestants and even Catholics, that's the way that the Church has read Scripture for thousands of years. In the Old Testament, the themes about God's people, God's covenant, God's King and Kingdom, (namely, God's plan of salvation for the world), emerge in a promisory, national, prophetic and shadowy way. In the New Testament the themes, promises, hopes and plans of God come to their climactic and glorious fulfillment in Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. This is how our Bible as a story fits together in a coherent and exciting whole.

Remember when you first really grasped that? For me it was as an adult. I looked back at my art work from Sunday School and found crosses glued together, pictures of Noah and the Arky and that sort of thing.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Kummer on August 19, 2005
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This God-centered story Bible brings out the unifying themes of scripture. One might call it Biblical Theology for Kids. The author presents the stories as moving toward the goal of redemptive history: God's people in God's place under God's rule. The influence of the biblical-theological of Grahme Goldsworthy is noted. I am using with my son David who is four. We can cover several sections each evening, allowing time to discuss the themes in each story. I have also read it two special education boys (3rd and 4th grades) who I work with. They can read along with only minimal help with words like sacrifice, Nicodemus and steadfast. Reading with the boys it took about ninety minutes to read straight through. This book is heavily illustrated and is primarily a retelling of the stories. It should not be confused with a Children's Bible. However, it is idea for a beginner's story Bible. The author has provided an essential overview of biblical history in story Bible format. This could be used as a primer and review during story time. Then after reading a story read a corresponding chapter during family devotions. It would also be useful for older children and adults who need to see the Big Picture of the Bible.
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104 of 123 people found the following review helpful By S. Warren on August 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really, really wanted to like this children's Bible. After reading all of the good reviews, I was so excited to get it for my young son. And granted, he doesn't mind it (though he also seems to find the writing and pictures a bit dark; constantly pointing and saying "uh-oh!" as I read it because there were so many pictures of upset people.) AND I like how this Bible connects the Old Testament with the new. Explains how the New Covenant was revealed in the old. However . . . I wouldn't recommend this Bible to children. It omits too much of the main story of Jesus.

Anyway, on to why I don't recommend this Bible:
1)On only one page (p. 249) in the ENTIRE BIBLE does it list Mary and Joseph's name. Mary's twice. Joseph's once. It doesn't ever mention the Annunciation and it speaks of Mary and Joseph as Jesus' parents. Yes, Joseph was Jesus' earthly father but he was not his biological father. I don't know exactly how a Children's Bible might explain that Mary was a Virgin, etc. but this book doesn't ever state that GOD is Jesus' father. It specifically states, "God had told Mary and Joseph that their baby was the one promised long ago." It doesn't imply the mystery and miracle that Jesus' birth actually was.
2)It completely ignores most of the miracles of Jesus, including his first miracle at the wedding of Cana. The only miracles it touches upon is making the blind man see and raising Lazarus from the dead. What about the loaves and fishes? I know that was my favorite when I was a little girl.
3) It NEVER mentions the Last Supper. Ever.
4) It makes irrelevant statements and presuppositions about Pilate. Look, Pilate was not a nice guy, but, according to the Bible, he let the people decide and then physically washed his hands of it.
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