Book Review: The Gospel Story Bible

Wow, I am incredibly behind in my reading. I can’t fully blame it on this, but I will try: I am reading a 17th century classic and it’s tough. It’s one of the best books I have ever read so far, but it is tough in parts, nonetheless. Every other sentence I have to read and re-read. So it is setting me back some. I will have to play catch-up here soon with my 2012 Book List. In the meantime, here is a great Children’s Bible that is worth reading DAILY with your children.

I have praised the Jesus Storybook Bible in the past. It is a great Children’s Bible and we were reading it without missing a night. Then we discovered this one and bought it for our kids for Christmas. We haven’t read the Jesus Storybook Bible since December 24th. We will return to it, when we are finished with this one. We love it and so do our children. And to be honest, the (true) stories in here are a little longer and more complex, adding in more facts and bringing in more details to each story. I would say the age recommendations on both are accurate. This one sometimes goes above my 4 year old’s head. But it also has a smattering of stories that our other Children’s Bible’s do not include, like Rahab and Ruth, for example. And it’s always nice to mix it up to keep it fresh and hold their interest.

But what I love most about this Bible isn’t the variety or the fact that we haven’t read it before. It is the Gospel-Centeredness of it (as the title would imply). Written by a Pastor, the last paragraph of every story brings it back to Jesus, salvation, Christ’s work, God’s plan. It never leaves it at David and Goliath and the author doesn’t let you put your kids to bed teaching them moralistic lessons on how to not be like Samson or how Noah was so good and that’s why God saved him but killed all the others. He brings it back to what the Bible brings it back to, what the Gospel brings it back to, and that is JESUS.

Thank God that there is yet another children’s Bible that shows Christ on every page.

Rating: A. Highly Recommended!

Title: The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments
Author: Marty Machowski
Length: 328 pages
Genre: Kid’s Bibles

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