Saturday, December 14, 2019

Book Review: The Promises of God Storybook Bible

About the Book:

God’s love is unstoppable. And that’s a promise.
Noah’s ark. Joseph’s dreams. Jesus’s miracles. The Bible is rich with stories for our children to hear and enjoy, but when those stories uncover the thread of God’s promises, our children learn much more than individual Bible stories. They discover how God has demonstrated His love for us, from the first promise in the garden to the promise of the new heavens and earth.
A conversational, whimsical, biblically faithful retelling of more than fifty key Bible stories, The Promises of God Storybook Bible lets your child hear favorite stories with new ears, repeatedly assuring them that each word is proof of God’s unstoppable love and unbreakable promises to His people.

My Thoughts:

The Promises of God Storybook Bible, written by Jennifer Lyell and illustrated by Thanos Tsilis, is the newest storybook-style children’s Bible to enter our home. My husband has read Bible stories to our daughters every night before bed for years, so we’ve gone through many of these. Without a doubt, I know he is going to LOVE the built-in bookmark. It’s a daily struggle for the bookmark to stay on the correct page.

I enjoyed how The Promises of God Storybook Bible focuses on the promises of God and his love for all of us. It’s such an encouraging and affirming message for children and adults. With over fifty Bible stories included, I was a bit surprised by some of the chosen stories. It jumps from the fall of Jericho to the prophecies of Isaiah, skipping some pretty popular characters and stories. (David & Goliath, for one) However, I liked that in included stories less frequently seen in storybook Bibles. As I mentioned, Old Testament prophecies are included. It also dedicates time to the New Testament epistles.

I recommend The Promises of God Storybook Bible: The Story of God’s Unstoppable Love by Jennifer Lyell to caregivers of children ages 4-10. It is more narrative-intense than similar storybook Bibles and sometimes dives into deep subjects. (The very first one tries to explains the Trinity and then follows with talking about how we can believe even when we don’t fully understand.) Younger readers may still enjoy The Promises of God Storybook Bible, but I think older children will more fully grasp its concepts.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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