I love this picture of Jonah about to be swallowed by a very big fish, surrounded by all of that water. Which reminds me, we have water again at our house! I am very thankful to report that the problem with our well was relatively minor and was repaired in one day. That certainly made my life easier.
I’ve been thinking about our Tuesday Topic, How We Help our Children Feel Safe, and I have some thoughts, a few of which have actually been typed into a draft. Hopefully I’ll have enough quiet to get it done soon. I have several writing projects in the works for Empowered to Connect that I need to get working on too.
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My favorite time in our homeschool day is when we sit down to read the Bible, followed by a science/nature book, and other stories. I end our time with reading lessons for Eby and Little Man in my super-simple, tried-and-true, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I know I just wrote that I had decided to continue using the One Year Bible for Children, which I love, but then I ordered just one more children’s Bible from Amazon and fell in love.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, is absolutely beautiful with poetic writing and stunning illustrations. Every story from Genesis to Revelation draws the child toward Jesus. Let me give an example. A few days ago we read about Abraham and Isaac and about the great amount of trust Abraham had in God, and Isaac had in his father. The story concludes,
Many years later, another son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father and do what his Father asked. He wouldn’t struggle or run away. Who was he? God’s Son, his only Son — the Son he loved. The Lamb of God.
The introduction is so beautiful; let me share a bit of it with you,
…There are a lot of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle — the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day — but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning…
And it gets better. When I went to Amazon to order it, I found there were two editions, one is the book alone for $10.41, but for $16.49 I got not only the book, but three CD’s with the entire storybook read by David Suchet, a well-known British actor. The kids have been listening to the CD’s for the pure joy of it.
I highly recommend this Bible Storybook. It is written in story form and is not a Bible, as such, it also does not include every story. If you give it a try, let me know what you think. We are loving it.
As for the Bible for Children, we’re sticking with that one for our dinner time Bible reading.
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