Let us take a look at the Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers. The book has sold at least a million copies, a noteworthy achievement in a relatively small market.
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a talented and proven writer for the audience. She focuses her story on being a “child on the inside” which has reflected in her book hoping an opportunity will someday present itself to write for children. She began working on The Jesus Storybook Bible after writing a bestseller.
About the book
The Jesus Storybook Bible was released in 2007, and by 2011, it has sold over half a million copies. It then received the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association’s Platinum Book Award In 2014. The book received an appraisal for its solid base built on the work of Jesus and centring of the entire series on Bible storyline. Many parents appreciated the influence the book had on themselves and most importantly their children. Both sets were able to learn how cohesive the Bible is and how consistent the structure and messages in the Bible was and with Jesus at the forefront of it all just at the time when adults needed the right pointers to lead them towards the light. The Jesus Storybook Bible passed the same messages to parents as it did to their children. Together they learned that every story encompasses Jesus’ guile.
Who should read?
The bestseller is meant for children. At the centre of the narratives is a baby, the child upon whom everything will be based. From Noah to Moses, to the great King David—every story points to the child. He is the missing piece to the puzzle—the bit that makes all the other pieces work together. This piece connects every part of the story.
As the story unfolds, from the Old Testament through the New Testament, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle as simple as possible.
Why you should read
In each of the stories, she makes sure Jesus is the hero of the Bible and the centre of the Christian faith as it should be. This action leads to coining of the book’s subtitle- “Every Story Whispers His Name.” Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible impressively with particular emphasis on children.
To make the story understandable and enjoying to digest, she told these stories in the voice of a mother teaching her children. Her nieces and nephews were put into consideration as to how the stories were written while children’s book illustrator Jago provided the colourful, imaginative artwork to fascinate them more.
We must teach even little children the whole truth from the beginning. Children might not understand it what the book talked about at a go, but they will assimilate what they can, and understand more and more as they grow.
Jesus Storybook Bible has found its way to the heart of people. It’s worth noting that when you give it a trial, you might fall for it too. Sally Lloyd-Jones’ heart is full of love. Her purpose for writing the Jesus Storybook Bible is interesting. The entire Church setting needs to make Jesus the point of attention and use the bible as a pillar on the road to redemption.
The Old Testament has most times been neglected and presented as an assembly of moral stories which are meant to either encourage or frighten children to change for the better. Lloyd-Jones epitomised all about Jesus.
A significant example in the book is in the story of Joseph where she writes directly about how Joseph foretells Jesus:
“One day, God would send another Prince, a young Prince whose heart would break. Like Joseph, he would leave his home and his Father. His brothers would hate him and want him dead. He would be sold for pieces of silver. He would be punished even though he had done nothing wrong. But God would use everything that happened to this young Prince –even the bad things –to do something good: to forgive the sins of the whole world.”
God marvelled at designing the story of redemption; he didn’t only write it. It is exciting and noticeable throughout the story Scripture as well as the Old Testament.
The Jesus Storybook Bible has prompted some related books. It is available in 31 languages, eight editions, an animated format, and a curriculum. Another perspective the book took into consideration is about the most Christian families. Despite a shift in direction regarding the reading of the Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible still found a way to impact families.
Lloyd-Jones’ creativity with the story of the Bible is striking. She has used her gift to preach the gospel. Undoubtedly, she has also made the book understandable for those who never thought of Scripture in that light before.