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The Big Picture Story Bible (Redesign) Hardcover – July 31, 2014
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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, 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; author, Loving the Way Jesus Loves
“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 and CEO, FamilyLife; host, FamilyLife Today; author, Stepping Up
“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, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Numbers: God’s Presence in the Wilderness
“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, Senior Pastor, Emmaus Bible Church, Omaha, Nebraska
“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, Pastor of Middle School Discipleship and Communication, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois
“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 (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) 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.
Gail Schoonmaker (BA, Wheaton College) is an artist based in Chicago. She illustrated The Big Picture Story Bible and is the author of The Big Picture Bible Crafts. She makes her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood with her husband, Keith, and their four children.
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Like the title suggest, the focus is the "Big Picture" of God from the Garden of Eden to the return of Jesus Christ. It follows the story of God bringing his "forever king" to rule and bless all nations (through David & Abraham). My daughter enjoys the little cartoon animals that are scattered throughout the book and I enjoy introducing her to God's plan including the death and resurrection of Jesus. I plan to continue reading this to my kids for many years. We haven't used the CD that came with it.
The Big Picture Story Bible is unlike any other Bible story book I've seen. Rather than telling the familiar stories in the familiar patterns, this book instills in children a unified theme through both the Old and New Testaments. Author David Helm makes the common thread clear by emphasizing in each chapter how these true stories show God's love for the world and the fulfillment of His promises.
This is a big story in a big book. It measures about 10" square and contains 456 pages. Broken into 26 manageable chapters, the book begins with creation (Genesis) and ends with the Apostle Paul's vision of the new heavens and new earth (Revelation). Gail Schoonmaker serves as illustrator. She fills the book with big pictures, both colorful and unique.
What I Like: I love how my kids can't get enough of this book! We read 9 chapters (156 pages) yesterday, and they cried when I said it was time to stop. The chapter breaks offer easy "intermissions". The theme is clear! The text is perfectly toddler and preschooler friendly. I appreciate the use of repetition and the insistence on truth.
Some have complained that not all the best-known Bible stories are included; other stories do not provide all the details. This is not a Bible where you can look up favorite stories, but this is key to the point of the book: the Bible is more than just a collection of great stories; it is one big story consisting of several parts. Often children fail to see the connection between all the stories; they miss how God and His love for us strings the stories together to make sense of it all.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
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It has colorful pictures, true, bible based stories. It’s a must have for every Christian household.