- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; 7/15/10 edition (August 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310719127
- ISBN-13: 978-0310719120
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children of God Storybook Bible Hardcover – August 14, 2010
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“The Children of God Storybook Bible is a wonderful way to introduce my young grandchildren to our Christian faith.” -- President Jimmy Carter, President
Magnificently illustrated and beautifully written Scriptural wisdom from one of the church’s greatest heroes. This book is the one children’s book that every Christian family should own. This book will serve as the main devotional book for my children in the upcoming year. In Children of God, Bishop Tutu presents Biblical truths reflecting a much-needed global perspective. --Soong-Chan Rah Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism North Park Theological Seminary -- Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Professor
“Desmond Tutu speaks to children and their elders in an inspiring and beautiful retelling of many of the central stories of the Bible. The artwork is a strong partner to the stories, and supports the challenge of the prayer that closes each one.” -- Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate
From the Back Cover
THE GIFT OF GOD'S LOVE FOR CHILDREN EVERYWHERE Desmond Tutu retells more than fifty of his most beloved stories, artfully highlighting God's desire for all people to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Many of the finest artists from around the world have been selected to illustrate the stories. In an attempt to create the first truly global Bible for children, the artists have been invited to portray the stories with the style and richness of their own culture. Their stunning color illustrations allow readers to experience the Bible stories as if they were there---with Adam and Eve in the garden, with Noah on the ark, with Abraham in the desert, and with Jesus on the mountaintop. Every story shows how God works through history and ends with a short prayer, which personalizes the message for each reader's own life. Archbishop Tutu's wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor shine throughout, as he reminds us that 'We are all God's children.' Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. Tutu is currently the Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who are working to promote the shared interests of humanity. In 2009 Tutu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. He is known for his great love for children, as well as his powerful and profound understanding of the message of Jesus Christ. The Archbishop lives in South Africa with his wife, Leah. They have four children and seven grandchildren. 'In the spirit of celebrating children all over the world, each illustrator in this book has been invited to draw on their own unique and rich cultural heritage in their portrayal of these Biblical stories. Their art is truly a marvelous reflection of how we are all made in God's image.' --(Archbishop) Desmond Tutu
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I first encountered "Children of God Storybook Bible" at a school book fair. The fact that it was authored by Archbishop Desmond Tutu immediately attracted my attention. He is a Christian, an Anglican, and more importantly, he grew up in South Africa under Apartheid. With Nelson Mandela he was a major proponent of non-violence in the black struggle for equality. If anyone has earned the right to interpret Sacred Scripture as one of "God's faithful little ones", Archbishop Desmond Tutu has. The stories are faithfully, sensitively, and beautifully written, touching heart and mind with its compassion and imaginative expression. Prayer concludes each sharing showing how this story impacts us today. In recognition of the equality of all God's children, Archbishop Tutu asked artists from all over the world to share their insights by illustrating a few stories. Bible heroes and heroines dance across the pages in exquisite painting to symbolic drawings, Heroes and heroines reflect the nationality of their artists, from Irish to African, from American to Asian. The "Children of God Storybook Bible" is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it.
The two older children are avid readers, the youngest is 2 years old. To give the older children some understanding of Archbishop Tutu's life, ministry, and Umbuntu theology I suggested they watch the Craig Ferguson interview with the Archbishop on YouTube. The interview is one of the best Ferguson did, in my opinion. The Archbishop speaks simply, and with great delight. I wanted the children to have the benefit of a "visual" to go with the delightful voice that may sound like he knows no pain or hardship. The children found the interview online, and watched it with their parents. I suggest you do the same.
The book is beautifully illustrated, and each story is two or three pages long. It would make a very special gift for a Baptism, for a God-child or special children in your life. It is a wonderful introduction to stories of faith from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Testament.
I was not raised in a religious household so I don't know much about the Bible and I don't really know any of the stories but when I read this book it really drew me in and left me wanting to read more. I discovered this book from a little boy I nanny for over the summer. I felt that these stories are really kid friendly and well written and I live the little prayer at the end of each story. I took a picture of it before I left and looked it up on amazon! I bought this book to read to my 3 year old preschool class during the school year. I struggled last year to find Bible stories that were not only interesting but also age appropriate and this book fits the bill. The only complaint I have is with amazon. I tried to order this book again for my niece and amazon wouldn't let me order another copy. They set the limit to one book per customer. I called customer service but they couldn't do anything. I was super frustrated over that.
The book is great however and I recommend it to anyone.
What a wonderful book to help us and our children live into "God's Dream" together.