Yesterday was an especially exciting day for the Brister family. No, we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for Labor Day. What happened was we finished the Jesus Storybook Bible for the first time. God has used this little resourced by Sally Lloyd-Jones to turn our times of family worship as the most exciting time of the day for our son. During this time, Nolan (now 19 months) has a good beginning understanding of the story of redemption where Jesus is the hero who rescues sinners with His never-failing love.
The time it takes to read each story is just right for his age, and together with prayers, singing of hymns, and occasional catechism questions, we enjoy a sweet time of roughly 15 minutes learning about Jesus and worshipping him. As his father, to know the joy (however superficial) my son has in reading the Bible and singing to Jesus makes me really happy. In fact, this morning my wife had a doctor’s appointment, so I stayed home to keep the boys. What did Nolan want to do? He went for his bible, and we began again with reading the introduction and singing “The Gospel Song.”
What was all-the-more encouraging was to hear (on Twitter) several other fathers finished up the JSBB with their children–one of them the same day! If you have not checked it out already, I encourage you to consider the Jesus Storybook Bible. Next month, they will be rolling out with an all-new deluxe edition, including an audio narration of the stories.
You can also check out the new website for the Jesus Storybook Bible where you can also download free samples of the audio narration as well as view some of the stories in PDF. I agree with the exhortation of Tim Keller who said the following:
“I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian–from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God’s revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning–a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.”
With the help of the Jesus Storybook Bible, I am praying that my sons learn of Jesus, and having learned of Him, find Him a great Savior of great sinners and treasure Him as God’s precious gift to us.