Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Big Picture Story Bible

About The Book:

No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all—God’s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible. David R. Helm and Gail Schoonmaker collaborate to create a beautifully illustrated book of Bible stories especially for children, written with simplicity. Rather than simply retelling the most familiar short scenes from the Bible, this book presents the “big picture”—the unified story running through the Old and New Testaments. This delightful book will help children learn the Bible’s whole story and begin to appreciate the fulfillment of God’s promise to his people.

The Big Picture Bible Story Book is perfect for parents to read to their children, and eventually, for children to read on their own. It is an excellent way to introduce them to a book that will guide them through all of life.

You can see an excerpt of this book here in PDF format.(Old Testament Story)

Here is another excerpt from this book, a New Testament story.

About The Author:

David Helm serves on the pastoral staff of Holy Trinity Church, a multi-congregational church in Chicago. In addition he is the executive director of The Simeon Trust, which partners with churches to train men for gospel ministry. In this capacity, he leads workshops on biblical exposition to promote practical instruction in preaching. Helm is the co-author of The Genesis Factor (with Jon Dennis) and a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching.

Growing up, Gail Schoonmaker loved to draw pictures depicting the songs and stories she heard in church. She earned a B.A. in art from Wheaton College and makes her home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood with her husband, Keith, and their four children.

My Review:

I love this Story Bible! More importantly, my three year old daughter does! It is a beautifully illustrated book with only a few words on each pages, so it totally keeps the interest of a toddler/preschooler, yet would be challenging enough for a new reader to use as well. Even my toddler (19 months) will sit and listen to it.

The thing that most impressed me about The Big Picture Story Bible is just how the authors present the God's Redemption plan throughout all the Bible Stories presented. This begins with Adam and Eve, right through to the end and I have never seen this in any other children's Bible before (and we have a few).

The biggest difference I found with this Story Bible versus others is that it is designed to read like a chapter book....each story ties into the other. Where with others, you can read your child's favorite Bible story over and over (in our house its Noah and David), in The Big Picture Story Bible, as you read from cover to cover, the child (and adult) are taught that God wants to be your "Forever King" and right now this totally ties in with how our church Sunday School program works. They teach that Jesus wants to be their "Forever Friend", and I love that I can use this book along side my daughter's Sunday School Lessons.

I highly recommend this book to all of you who love reading Bible Stories to your children and want a fun way to introduce the story of God's Redemption to your Pre-K/K aged children. This would make a fantastic baby gift, birthday gift and even Christmas gift! I give The Big Picture Story Bible a huge two thumbs up!

BUY IT: The Big Picture Story Bible can be purchased online directly from Crossway. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller. As well, it can be purchased through and

***Thank you to Crossway Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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