BOOKS | Karen Mudge
Tuesday 1 March 2016
A children’s Bible is selling in its millions and picking up rave reviews around the world.
“I have no doubt who the author of this book’s success is and I give Him all the praise,” said author Sally Lloyd-Jones, upon hearing the news. “I also know that without all of the people who have placed their trust in me and bought the book to read to their children (over and over again!), and have come to shows and readings and have spread the word to friends, neighbours, random strangers—well, we would never have reached this milestone.”
The multi-award winning storybook Bible has had eight editions since its debut in 2007, including a deluxe edition (with audio narrated by beloved British actor, David Suchet), a collectors’ edition (with animated videos), and a curriculum. The book is now available in over 31 languages.
It’s not only children who love the style of Sally Lloyd Jones’ narration of Scripture stories. In 2015, after many requests from the adults who were reading The Jesus Storybook for children, The Story of God’s Love for You was released, featuring the same beloved stories but with a new title and a new design for an adult audience.
Hailed as “a very grown-up children’s Bible” by Christianity Today, The Jesus Storybook Bible retells the stories of the Bible in a way that is simple enough for the child, yet profound enough for a theologian.
Lloyd-Jones’ tender prose combined with illustrations by Jago bring the stories alive in new and startlingly fresh ways. The popular children’s storybook Bible has also been praised by a number of ministries and religious leaders – from Ben Patterson to Tim Keller.
“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,” said Tim Keller, pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Church. “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 recognised even among the very learned.”
Sally Lloyd-Jones is also the author of Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, a book of Bible devotions written for children but equally beloved by adults.