I’m postponing the review I had planned for this week to share a link with you. If you’ve been following along in this Family Discipleship series, you’ll recall that not too long ago I wrote about The Big Picture Story Bible, which I’m using with my preschoolers right now. Well, earlier this week Justin Taylor posted a video of the author, David Helm, speaking on the story behind the creation of the book and family discipleship. I’m not able to embed the video here, so please go check it out on Justin’s blog. It’s apparently a talk he gave for seminary students, many of whom are also parents of young children. He briefly tells the story behind the creation of The Big Picture Story Bible and then opens the floor up for questions.
Yes, it’s long, but there’s some great stuff there. Watch it in 10 minute increments, like I did, if you have to. Here are a few highlights:
- The first 12 minutes or so tell the story of how The Big Picture Story Bible was developed.
- At about the 25 minute mark is an excellent explanation of the fact that “the Old Testament is not a collection of Aesop’s fables with a moral at the end…”, that it tells one big story of God’s redemption…yes, yes, yes…this is what I’ve been saying!
- There’s a brief but great discussion of the goal of discipline…it’s not just about raising well-mannered, moral kids!
- Around the 46 minute mark he offers suggestions for family devotions…there’s some excellent advice here.
- Justin also includes several sample pages from The Big Picture Story Bible in pdf form: the Contents, Part 1: The Very Good Beginning, and Part 23: God’s Promise is Explained. Be sure to take a look at them.
I’ll leave you with this quote by Robert Louis Dabney that he shared:
The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it all politics, all war, all literature, all money making ought to be subordinated, and every parent especially ought to feel every hour of the day, that next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God, this is his task on earth.
Don’t miss the rest of my Family Discipleship series:
- Part 1: A Review of Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham
- Part 2: The Jesus Storybook Bible–NOT Your Typical Children’s Bible
- Part 3: The Lightlings and The Prince’s Poison Cup
- Part 4: The Church History ABCs
- Part 5: The Big Picture Story Bible
- Part 6: Grandpa’s Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption
- Part 7: Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism
- Part 8: Prayer Resources
- Part 9: What’s In the Bible? DVDs
- Part 10: Celebrating Biblical Holidays