For the Joy of it!

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.

If you haven’t commented on our Tuesday Topic yet, please do. We would love to hear from you. Have a great Thursday everyone.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

17 Comments

  1. Jennifer
    February 3, 2011

    We love, love, love this Bible so much! We've used it for about two years now. Our first copy fell apart and we bought a second – with the CDs. We play the CDs in the car on the way to school in the morning and I loaded them on Avi's iPod shuffle for him to listen to quietly. It really is beautiful – so well written. We used it for Advent this year too since every Old Testament story is written in a way that expresses such anticipation for Jesus' coming. Can't say enough about it! : )

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  2. Karen
    February 3, 2011

    We bought that same Bible for our daughter for Christmas this year and we all love it. It's so special how the stories are written and the pictures are also so beautiful. I'm so glad you wrote about it today.

    Now I'm very interested in this "Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". I've just ordered it from the library to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. Melissa M
    February 3, 2011

    Thank you will be looking those up!

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  4. Emily
    February 3, 2011

    I use the Jesus Storybook Bible to teach the kids in my church's Spanish service Sunday school (the kids learn in English). We are thinking of trying to find money to buy them each their own copy- it's so beautiful and so captures the beauty of God in a way that we hope teaches exactly what we most want for them- a relationship with Jesus and to "find in Him [their] all in all".

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 3, 2011

      Emily, that is wonderful! I noticed there is a Spanish version available too. Maybe you could get people in your church to sponsor the purchase of one Bible. At $10.00 each, it seems a reasonable donation for many people and what a precious gift to give a child!

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  5. Laura
    February 3, 2011

    That is so funny that you just found this book. A couple of weeks ago a parent at my preschool was telling me about it and I wrote down the title and was planning on getting it for your kids for Easter! The mom raved about what a wonderful book it was and how much her kids, 4 and 6, loved it.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 3, 2011

      If I had known, I would have been happy to let you buy it! It really is great.

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  6. Giann
    February 3, 2011

    I love the introduction….I might have to get it for myself. 😉

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 3, 2011

      Giann, that was only part of the beautiful introduction! You will love it.

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  7. Sarah
    February 3, 2011

    I just bought that Bible for my son last week!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 3, 2011

      Sarah, did you get the CD's too? What do you think?

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  8. Lydia
    February 3, 2011

    I love that Bible! my little sister has it. We also have The Big Picture Story Bible (David Helm) too and it is great. It also has less words which was good for my sisters when they were learning English.

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  9. Lori
    February 3, 2011

    I've got major I wants! I'm trying to rationalize buying this while I no longer have little ones to read it with…maybe I need to get it and save it for my "way in the distant future" grandchildren.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 3, 2011

      Lori, even your big girls would like it. It is so lyrical and poetic — and it will still be in great shape when the grandbabies come your way.

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  10. Betsy
    February 3, 2011

    We have been using that Bible for about three years and my older kids (7 & 5) still come back to it as their favorite Bible to read.
    We gave the CD's to my cousins daughter, who is blind, and she really enjoys listening (as do my kids).

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  11. Heidi
    February 8, 2011

    This is a great Bible story book. Another one of our favorites is "The Big Picture Story Bible" http://www.amazon.com/Big-Picture-Story-Bible/dp/… . It tells the story of redemption through the whole Bible. I get new insights from reading it to the children.

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  12. dawn
    February 17, 2011

    Hi! We used Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons with our last two children. I love it! I also wanted to thank you for sharing the Jesus Storybook Bible. I have never seen that one before and it's going on my wish list! Thanks!

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