- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310736021
- ISBN-13: 978-0310736028
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
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"Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.
Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.
"No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book or heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
"You seem the best thing about this Story is—it’s true."
If you like that you should read the rest.
I received my copy of "The Story of God's Love for You" with great anticipation. (Pre-ordered it 2-3 months ahead of time.) And as I started to read, I found myself disappointed. This book literally is just "The Jesus Storybook Bible" without the pictures and in a slimmer profile. It is the exact same text, which was disappointing because the text (not just the pictures) of "The Jesus Storybook Bible" was written specifically to appeal to pre-K age children. In my experience, by the time a child is hitting 1-3 grade they are ready to engage at a level of storytelling, imagery, phraseology, and sentence structure that is higher than what I read to my 2-3 year old. As a result, I believe this book is actually less appealing to older children than "The Jesus Storybook Bible". In fact, they may prefer "The Jesus Storybook Bible" because the illustrations are so excellent. I was hoping that "The Story of God's Love for You" would make TEXTUAL and editorial updates to "The Jesus Storybook Bible" (not just eliminating the illustrations). This would make it more age appropriate for older children and perhaps even pre-teens/teens. Unfortunately this wasn't what happened.
So if you intend to buy this book, you should know that it literally is just a stripped-down "Jesus Storybook Bible".
On the plus side, it would be easier to give this book to an adult or teenager (who has ABSOLUTELY no idea about the Bible) than it would be "The Jesus Storybook Bible". After all, it doesn't immediately scream, "Written for little children!" the moment you see the cover. I was just hoping it would be edited in such a way that it actually WOULDN'T be written for little children but for teens and young adults, as it's marketed. Alas...
I am still thankful for the book, but I don't think I'll be buying nearly as many copies to give away to older people as I was originally forecasting.
I think this would be great for older children who would be embarrassed by reading a storybook, but could still use a simple telling of Bible stories.