One of the most helpful ways to gain an understanding of the centrality of Christ in the Bible is to read it from cover to cover. For most people, this is a daunting thought. The Jesus Storybook Bible is a great entry point for non-believers, new believers and mature believers into understanding how Christ is the central figure in both the Old and New Testaments.
Author Sally Lloyd-Jones (no affiliation with Martin Lloyd-Jones) clarifies the main message of the Bible through language that is accessible and colorful. The entire Bible is about Jesus, and she helps readers see how and why. She paints the various accounts of the Bible in a way that makes you go, Hmmmmm and Ahhhhh, inserting profound truths that come from drinking from the deep well of the Bible.
As the author sheds light on the scarlet thread that runs through the Bible, she also reveals that the thread is Jesus Christ. The Jesus Storybook Bible also highlights some of the more culturally difficult passages in the Bible to understand. Lloyd-Jones both transports readers into the cultural context and helps readers see how relevant the Bible is for all people today.
This award-winning book is highly recommended to anyone, whether or not there are children in the picture. Children and adults are invited to read through various sections in the Bible and see how the God who created the world is inviting them to participate in a journey that will transform their lives.
Illustrations by Jago.
Reviewed by Ray Chang, Campus Intern at the Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Barrington, Illinois, January 2014.