Monday, January 9, 2012

The Gospel Story Bible

The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments

Marty Machowski
156 stories from the Bible, each condensed to fit within the 2 page layout for ease in morning or nightly devotionals. Not just stories retold for a younger audience. Not babyish at all in the retelling. Marty Machowski takes the Bible story, tells the basics yes, but then ties it in to our life and that of Jesus. He helps us to find Jesus in the Old Testament just as we do in the new.
Use just this book for the younger children whose attention span wanders. For the older student incorporate the actual Bible passages into your study. The let’s talk about it section suggests three questions to read and discuss the story to add depth to what was read.
Illustrations by Anne Macha are brilliant. Very contemporary renderings of the biblical scenes and people. She intentionally leaves all human forms free of color to represent all races of people. Unique and stylish. I loved the texture she put into the drawings as well as the interesting details that set it apart from many bible story books for children. Again the illustrations help to make this book of interest to more than just the youngest listeners. Colorful and detailed is always something I admire in children’s books.
What I loved most about this book after the illustrations is that Marty brings each lesson around to Jesus. That he pulls from each story and interweaves the lessons to show Jesus even in the Old Testament before he is born on earth. Sometimes I feel children get lost in the Old Testament, not realizing the depth of prophesies. Pointing out similarities between what the old prophets had to write and Jesus, help to tie the Bible into a full circle rather than just a linear of events.  All point back to Jesus, one with the Father, creator of the world.
Highly recommend for the entire family to grow and learn from
I received a copy of this book from B&B Media in exchange for an honest review. All opinions of this book are entirely  my own.
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