My Search for the Best Children’s Bible …

My search for the best children’s bible has ended.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me …” -John 5:39 (ESV)

I was searching for a children’s bible that ties the biblical accounts together into a unifying gospel theme, rather than reduces them into “moralistic” stories like so many children’s bibles do. The title of The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones speaks for itself and I love the tagline, “Every story whispers his name”, because that is true of the Bible itself (John 5:39).

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” -C.S. Lewis

I was searching for a children’s bible that I could glean from as well. Here is a book that distills biblical passages to simple yet profound truths, in a manner that makes these biblical accounts refreshing and compelling. I look forward to reading this children’s bible each night as much as my daughter.

Finally, I was searching for a children's bible with illustrations that would cause children (and this child) to pause in awe and wonder at God’s glory. The illustrations by Jago capture the emotion of each character in a unique style that can be appreciated by children young and old. For young children, it's often the pictures that open their hearts to the stories.

“I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian–from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God’s revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning–a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.” -Tim Keller

Since discovering this amazing children's bible, it has been a staple in our bedtime routine. When my 3-year-old daughter reminds me to read from it each night, she affectionately refers to it as the "Jesus Bible".

For children's bibles, it shouldn't be referred to any other way.

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Preacher-Onlys Aren’t Good Preachers -Tim Keller

I really appreciate this post by Tim Keller because it highlights a common misconception among people that all pastors do is preach every week, and among pastors who think all they’re supposed to do is preach every week.

I remember thinking that when I was overseeing the young adult group. Boy, did I learn quickly that shepherding is not just studying and preaching every week. If only it were that simple! Shepherding entails getting into people’s lives in their struggles and hardships. It means praying for them constantly and meeting with them to hear their stories. It means helping people discover their gifts and grow into their God-given ministries as leaders. Preaching is essential yes, but it is only one aspect of what it means to care for and shepherd God’s people.

Read Tim Keller’s post here.