Perhaps I can not make the statement that I know the best children's Bible ever with absolute certainty but, I can say that I have been blown away by the insight, poetic language, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and presentation of truth from one in particular.
The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago is my all time favorite Bible devotional book for children.
As the mother of two boys we have been happily on the receiving end of several children's devotional bibles. Being a family of color I am very sensitive to the illustrations. I tend to get myself all flustered when the books depict the men and women of the Bible with blond hair and blue eyes. There is none of that in Jago's illustrations!
My little guys and I sat on our front porch this afternoon, soaking up the October sun, and read these words:
And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them.
An opportunity was created for us to dash around our yard finding bits of creation that sang to us a song of love. Pumpkins! Grasshoppers! Falling leaves! Spiders! Flowers! Squash! Clouds! Air!
We were excited. I wrote down everything and we read the list again and again to Daddy when he came home.
But all the stars and the mountains and the oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children.
Another opportunity arose. We named off all types of people. Small. Tall. Blind. Round. Dark. Light. Mean. Loud. Smelly. Silly. Interesting. Two legs, one leg, no legs. Believers. Those that do not believe. And, how much God loves them all.
One chapter, one book, two powerful teaching moments about creation and worth.
These stories are beautiful, they gently whisper the coming of the Messiah into the heart of the readers and I felt an anticipation to turn the page, to read on despite having "known" these stories all of my life. That same delight was experienced by my children today through this book. The best part, though, is that these delightful, powerful, sensation filled stories are....true.
I adore this book. I need to say it again. The best Children's Bible Storybook ever!