Friday, July 25, 2008
If any of you have children or grandchildren, (or want a great read yourself!) you will want to get ahold of this one! (it's a perfect gift idea for Christmas, birthdays, baptisms, etc.) The pictures & stories are fun for me now as a baby, but they will be alot more meaningful & significant when I'm much older.
Mommy & Daddy have been reading The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones to me, and I don't understand why one of them ends up crying sometimes at the end of each story!?! They tell me it's because they love how each story points beautifully toward Christ.
In fact, just read part of the introduction which comes right before the creation story & you'll see what they mean:
"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 you 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 of 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 one he loves. It's like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
"You see, the best thing about this story is- it's true.
"There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
"It takes the whole Bible to tell this story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle- the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
"And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day- but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning..."
Well, today I made it to the end of the Old Testament stories, and it's so exciting in this Bible because in my next story, Jesus is going to be born! All of the stories I've read so far have been leading up to this moment when God is going to come down to earth as a baby like me!
If you click on this picture, you can read how the author paraphrases the first part of the famous Psalm 23. Isn't it beautifully written?
So you can just call me Caroline, the book-reviewer... :) And trust me on this one...