This week in my Family Discipleship series I want to mention another story bible. Yes, I know I extolled all the virtues of the Jesus Storybook Bible recently, and I haven’t changed my opinion. If I could only have one story bible on my shelf, I would definitely choose it! But The Big Picture Story Bible comes in a close second.
I love that, like the Jesus Storybook Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible truly presents the “big picture”- the unified theme running all the way through the Old and New Testaments-rather than simply being a collection of seemingly disconnected short stories. Throughout, beginning with Adam and Eve, God’s promise to send a “forever king” is repeatedly emphasized. Many events that are overlooked by typical story bibles are included, like Solomon’s construction of the temple (as well as his disobedience later in life) and the return and reconstruction under Nehemiah.
It’s simply but very well told and especially engaging for very young children. There are relatively few words per page and the illustrations are bright and appealing. My four year old loves it and even my sixteen month old enjoys listening and looking at the pictures. This is the bible we’re using to read together each morning when we do our preschool. When we finish, we’ll move on to the Jesus Storybook Bible, which has a bit more sophisticated language and more words per page.
My one minor complaint is the size. This is a large, heavy hardback. It can be awkward to try to read while snuggling with a child (or two or three!). The size also makes it difficult for a young child to look at alone.
Still, our family has found The Big Picture Story Bible to be a fantastic resource with our younger kids and I highly recommend it!
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