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The Big Picture Story Bible Hardcover – September 17, 2004
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The Big Picture Story Bible [Hardcover] by Helm, David R.; Schoonmaker, Gail
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I have been blown away by reading this Bible with my kids -- I love that many of the illustrations are drawn from an "above" perspective -- from God's vantage point, as it were.
This is the "big picture" of the Bible -- that people need saving, and God saves us. So yes, the book has "big pictures" as in illustrations, but it also presents the "big picture" of God's plan. The Big Picture Story Bible -- get it?
The illustrations are so good, it's like watching a movie. My kids are spellbound. Twice we have sat down and read the entire book -- takes 1 hour, 15 minutes to go all the way through. The kids are 3 and 6 and have nothing like the attention span you would expect for kids to be able to sit still that long. They just fall into the book. When we break it up and read it bit by bit, they clamor for more.
There are 450 pages of absolutely amazing illustrations, and all pointing to God's plan.
The consistency of the message in the book is great. I'm going to buy more for new baby gifts -- talk about an amazing book!
I love it. The language is easy to comprehend for little ones. The illustrations are beautifully done. The Message is clear and the focus remains Jesus throughout the book. I've had a couple friends look through it while visiting and they have made comments about how it's helped them to understand "the big picture" in the Bible more after reading this.
It does a fabulous job of showing how the entire Bible tells one big story by linking individual stories together. Themes like the image of God, God's promise to Abraham, and God's kingship are traced through story after story, with a special emphasis on the ideas of election, obedience, and promise. For example, in the story of Joshua, it says, "Israel promised to be God's people. Israel promised to obey God's Word. If they kept their promises, they would always live in God's promised place" (154). The stories of Jesus come alive as they are connected to God's Old Testament promises. The book reaches a resounding finish in the story of Revelation, where John was overcome with joy because "He had seen the very good ending waiting for everyone who follows Jesus as God's king. God's forever people will one day live in God's forever place under God's forever rule" (449-450).
In a world where biblical literacy is on the decline and most people only know disconnected episodes from Scripture, this Bible makes a huge difference. It packages biblical theology in such a way that keeps the interest of a 2 or 3 year old (few words per page, with bright pictures), teaches older children the heart of the Bible, and offers profound reflections on biblical theology for adults -- all at once! This is one book in which parents will learn as much as their children. The ideal age is probably 4-8, but older and younger children love it, too. The entire book can be read in about an hour and a half, or it's 26 chapters can be read piece by piece.
As important as this book is, it does not intend to be the only Bible your children read. Since it's purpose is to connect the stories of the Bible, it is selective about which stories to include and how much detail to offer. We read this to our kids alongside more detailed children's Bibles so that they are getting the individual stories as well as the big picture.
I could not recommend this Bible more highly. As a doctoral student in Biblical Theology at Wheaton College, I am very picky about children's Bibles. This is hands down the best one I've ever seen.
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It has colorful pictures, true, bible based stories. It’s a must have for every Christian household.