The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture's overarching message about God's glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people. In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - best-... Read More
In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - best-selling author and father of six - takes parents and children alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth. Combined with powerful illustrations, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message--how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden--will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.
Age: 5 - 8 (read to parent); 8 - 12 (read to myself)
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Aug 31, 2015
- UPC: 9781433542442
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 132
- Publish Date: Aug 31, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 12
- Audience Age Minimum: 9
- BISAC: "JNF049040"
- ISBN: 1433542447
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- Beautifully and simply told story of man's fall and God's plan for redemption by Vera on 9/6/2015
As I began reading The Biggest Story, I was taken aback with the initial sentence, "ONCE UPON A TIME there lived a man and a woman. They were the happiest people on the planet." To me, this smacked of sacrilege and demoting God's Word to the genre of a fairy tale. However, as I read further into the book, I realized that God's story of man's fall and redemption is simply being told in the form of a "story teller" or bard of old. It is not meant to demean or detract from the perfection of God's Word, but to put it forth simply as an introduction to God's plan for mankind.
It is clearly brought out that man failed and man continued to fail but God continued to give man new opportunities. The initial fall of man brought forth by the snake's temptation in the Garden brought forth the promise of God that the head of the snake would be crushed. It takes many centuries for that to happen.
Of King David, the writer (story-teller) says, "When David wasn't busy sinning (which he did in some really big ways), he was a good, wise, merciful king." And then further into the book, God's way is simply expressed, "But it was also the best thing that's ever happened in the world. [death and resurrection of Christ] Just as we would expect from God. And just as God planned it. We break promises, so God keeps his. We run from God, so he comes to us. We suffer for sin, so the Savior suffers for us."
The art illustrating this book is strikingly unusual for a children's book. The colors are bold, brilliant, and profuse. The art is abstract and yet reminiscent of iconic art from Russia of many years ago.
The more I read and the more I looked at the pictures and especially after I read the author's note to parents at the end, I am amazed. So much is covered in this easy to read and easy to listen to story. Depth of theology and themes flowing through from beginning to end. I can highly recommend this book.
Disclosure I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and I received no compensation.