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The Big Picture Story Bible (Book with CD) Hardcover – November 18, 2010
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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 Duguid, 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)
“This book is wonderfully illustrated and carefully written. The author labors for biblical precision, emphasizing a big God and the ugliness of sin. David Helm regularly asks questions in the course of the book, proving to be helpful fodder for discussion and interaction with your child. My kids are eager to bring the book to me to read and this gives me great joy as a parent. I am excited to heartily recommend The Big Picture Story Bible.”
—Erik Raymond, blogger; dad of five
“I like how the book is illustrated and how all the stories fit together. We wore out our copy from reading it so much. It’s great for children of all ages.”
—Alexis Raymond, age 10
“I absolutely love The Big Picture Story Bible. It’s full of rich theology for small people. David Helm makes it plain that the Bible is more than a collection of stories; it is God’s story, into which we, his creatures, are called. It faithfully presents the richness and complexity of God’s witness to us in Scripture, without distorted or misplaced emphasis. While there is no substitute for reading Scripture to and with our children, The Big Picture Story Bible is an outstanding introduction to the overarching biblical narrative.”
—Sarah Dahl, blogger, Aslan’s Library
“The Big Picture Story Bible effectively achieves its aim to give children a majestic picture of God. The illustrations will stir children to ask questions about God’s story. This is a worthwhile investment for your children. My family will be enjoying this book for years.”
—Joey Cochran, Church Planting Intern, Redeemer Fellowship Church, St. Charles, Illinois; dad of three
“The questions in The Big Picture Story Bible invite interaction with my children and help them anticipate what is coming next in the story. I enjoy reading this book with my children!”
—Kendall Cochran, mom of three
“I like The Big Picture Story Bible very much. I like how it shows me that Jesus died on a cross and rose again on Easter!”
—Chloe Cochran, age 6
“I like it! I like the pictures. They show me about Jesus!”
—Asher Cochran, age 3
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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In addition to this, I found some of the stories to be awkward in the way they were told, seeming like they were abrupt in their endings. Some of them just didn't seem to flow very well, and I felt as though I needed to ad-lib a bit so they made sense and stayed true to the actual Bible Story. I found this pretty frustrating.
I have the "Read and See" Bible (Stephen Elkins) also and I think the stories there are much better. I plan to purchase the "Word and Song" Bible (also Stephen Elkins) which is extremely similar to the Read and See, but contains more stories (I think it contains at least one from every single book of the Bible, but I am not positive). I also have some of the "Greatest Bible Stories ever Told" series, (also Stephen Elkins--stories are the same as the Word and Song Bible) and find those to be far more accurate and less interpretive than this Big Picture Bible.
On the whole, this is one of the worst Kid's Bible purchases I have made. I learned my lesson and now try to get a copy to look at for myself before purchasing a book.
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. Instead, this Bible states, "Pilate decided to have Jesus killed. He looked out only for himself." WHAT??!! Come on. And how come Pilate is discussed for several pages with several references to him, but yet Mary is only mentioned once? And the apostles aren't named ever (except a brief reference to Peter, Paul and John, by name, at the very end.) It doesn't seem like the right people are focused on.
For me, the focus of Christianity, and the Bible is the Trinity and how God fulfilled his promises to his people through Jesus, his son. I do like how this Bible expressly shows how Jesus fulfilled the promises of the Old Testament, however there is just too much of Jesus' life, miracles and teachings omitted in this Bible for me to use it often. I'm still on the lookout for the perfect children's Bible, but in the meantime we're enjoying reading "The Miracles of Jesus" by Tomie de Paola, "The Easter Story" by Patricia Pingry and "Beatitudes for Children" by Rosemarie Gortler, among others.
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It has colorful pictures, true, bible based stories. It’s a must have for every Christian household.