At one of my baby showers, before Evelyn was born, we were given The Jesus Storybook Bible as a gift. In fact, I think we were given two copies. I gave one to my mom to keep at her house. I had heard good things, from mothers and pastors and even Bible teachers at my Christian school alma mater. My cousin gives it as a gift at almost every baby shower she goes to. But it took awhile before we used it ourselves, mostly because the stories are longer and not geared towards babies. We relied on this book more often under the age of two.
Now that my older kids are 2 1/2 and 4, I have to tell you how grateful I am to own this book. The stories are poignant and deep, yet somehow children can grasp more and more of the complexity and simplicity of God’s story each time they listen. During Holy Week, I pulled out the CDs that came along with the bible for the first time, and we listened to the stories of Jesus during Passover, the Cruxifixction and the Resurrection over and over in the car (as one does with little kids). I was just as transfixed as they were to hear them aloud. The narrator, a British actor named David Suchet, does such a fantastic job bringing the stories to life.
I feel like my kids are at this age where they are absorbing everything. They soak in the stories and then later in the day or week something will pop back up in their brains and they ask these insightful, curious questions about life and God and love. I’m humbled to walk beside them while they discover this great treasure.