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The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden Hardcover – Illustrated, August 31, 2015
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"Magnificent and memorable.” ―Randy Alcorn, author, Heaven
Once upon a time there lived a man and a woman. They were the happiest people on the planet.
True, they were the only people on the planet, but they were still terrifically happy.
Unfortunately, things didn’t stay happy and wonderful for long . . .
The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung―a best-selling author and father of nine―leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message―how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden―will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think. Ages 5-8 (read to me) Ages 8-11 (read to myself)
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Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, and assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He serves as board chairman of the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.
“I love what Kevin has done here! I’m buying a copy for each of my grandkids.”
―Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California
“Kevin DeYoung has written a delightful book that both young and old will enjoy. The Biggest Story is a small treatment of a huge theme―God’s drama of redemption, centered on Jesus Christ. Kevin’s words are fresh, engaging, playful, and biblical. Many Bible storybooks offer pearls without a string. This one puts the pearls on a string―the right one. The result is magnificent and memorable.”
―Randy Alcorn, author, Heaven; If God Is Good; and Hand in Hand
“Rarely has one heard The Greatest Story ever told like this―with such winsome grace and compelling truth. Once we began, we couldn't stop reading the The Biggest Story aloud to our family, all in one sitting. Laughed, stilled, and wept by the last line―the moving glory of His amazing grace.”
―Ann Voskamp, New York Times best-selling author, The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
“So often, our kids hear individual stories from the Bible without fully understanding how these accounts are tied to the ‘biggest story’ of Christ’s ultimate victory over sin. Kevin DeYoung has linked together the Bible stories that are familiar to children into one, enthralling volume. From the first page to the last, kids will come to understand why Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension are truly at the center of all of history.”
―Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
“Have you ever wanted to hug a book? This is how I felt after reading The Biggest Story. It awakened childlike wonder in this grandmother’s heart. The charming words and illustrations creatively tell the biggest and best story―the drama of redemption in Christ.”
―Susan Hunt, Former Director of Women's Ministries, PCA; coauthor, Women's Ministry in the Local Church
“In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung masterfully tells the story of man’s inability to be good enough and God’s enduring faithfulness to his promise to bring us back to paradise. This is the big picture, not the typical moralistic way of telling the Bible’s story. This book is engaging and wonderfully illustrated; your kids will want sit on your lap and have you read it again and again.”
―Tedd Tripp, pastor; international conference speaker; author, Shepherding a Child's Heart
“Besides the Bible, this is exactly the kind of book that I love to give as a gift. All day long, from infancy to adulthood, we are all invited to participate in different stories―wear this product, use this technology, vote this way, go to this school, follow this leader. What could be more important than teaching our children the Big Story? Kevin's retelling of the Serpent-Crusher's conquest will be beloved by parents and children alike.”
―Gloria Furman, author, Alive in Him and Labor with Hope
“The Biggest Story is a family worship favorite around our household. The kids love hearing the story of Scripture read as one continuous adventure. From toddlers to adults, this book teaches important truths about God, his Word, and the history of his work in the world.”
―David and Heather Platt, President, International Mission Board; author, Radical; and his wife, Heather Platt
About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, and associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He has written books for children, adults, and academics, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.
Don Clark is an artist and cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio based in Seattle, Washington. He has worked with clients such as Target, Pixar, NASA, The New York Times, LEGO, and Apple. Don and his wife, Erika, have three children and live on a small farm just outside Seattle.
- ASIN : 1433542447
- Publisher : Crossway; Illustrated edition (August 31, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 132 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781433542442
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433542442
- Reading age : 3 - 8 years, from customers
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author wrote this book to tell the Advent story. He wanted to focus on the big picture of the Bible because children tend to read the Bible in pieces or as separate Bible stories. I liked his simple and funny writing style. I could tell that he has a lot of experience with children, and understands the way they think. The stories he chooses to highlight are very brief. Each separate story could have had a redemption message, but then the book would be twice as long.
Without getting into too much detail, I was disappointed to see that on page 24, the author writes that God put a curse on Adam and Eve and the Snake. When you read the text in Gen 3, God curses the serpent and curses the ground. Adam and Eve are given a severe consequence for their actions, but they are not cursed themselves. God chose to be gracious. On the same page, the author said that God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden because a good God could not live with people who were so bad. In the text in Gen 3:21-22, God makes garments for Adam and Eve (which is the redemption story! The first animal sacrifice) and He didn't want Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life and live forever in their fallen state so he sent them out of the garden. On page 37, the author says that God was angry at the world that hated him, but when you read the text in Genesis 6, the words "regretted," "grieved," and "sorry" were used. God was sorry to have made man and he was heartbroken over how people had only evil in their hearts. I notice that many Children's Bibles say a similar thing about God being angry, but a careful look at the text shows otherwise.
This book is one person's big idea of what the Bible is. He did not claim to be writing a Children's Bible. He wanted to emphasize Jesus as the Savior and the fulfillment of prophecy. Also that God always, always keeps his promises! The artwork is absolutely stunning. I could just look at the pictures all day. In fact, my 18 month old sat with me while I read all the way up to page 57 because she was so captured by the colors and shapes.
That is why this book, The Biggest Story, by author Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark, is a valuable tool aiding young and old alike in the Bible's big picture. Children will absolutely love this book. It is written with simple and, where appropriate, humorus language. It captures the thrill and excitement of God's progressive story without missing the overall purpose. The wonderful pictures add a creative element that will satisfy children's curiosity and animate their imaginations. However, it needs to be noted that Crossway has, yet again, published a book that contains three cartoon and artistic images of Jesus (hence my 4-star review). Hopefully, readers will find an easy remedy to this great disappointment and value what is valuable about it.
While the book is written and marketed for children it has, in the mind of this reviewer, wider use. Adults can benefit as well. Especially if they purchase the accompanying DVD material. It would be helpful as an introduction to the Bible, give a springboard from which to further speak and study, and help develop a greater appreciation for the unity of the Scriptures. Whether young or old this book is a great addition to the bookshelves of any church or home.
Overall, would purchase again and balance it with the Jesus storybook Bible. Although I firmly believe that the Bible itself is much more than sufficient for people of all age groups (including children). But that's another subject. :-)
So I'm going through this storybook bible again and have really changed my mind about it. I think it's very biblically sound and the author DOESN'T make it as though no one ever does anything righteous, or that God doesn't love them etc. He clearly says that the OT saints did do things right, but still fell short of what was needed- perfection and the atoning, cleansing sacrifice of Christ for His people. Would highly recommend this storybook bible! Am very pleased!
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The only thing I wish, was that it was twice as long! But for that we have The Big Picture Story Bible which is almost as brilliant. Keep writing children's books Kevin DeYoung, your gift from God is precious!