{Children’s Book Review: Children Of God Storybook Bible}

The Children of God Storybook Bible is a collection of beloved Bible stories written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and presents the idea of God’s forgiveness and reconciliation to children. Each of the stories emphasizes God’s desire for all people to live in community.

Desmond Tutu retells more than fifty of his most beloved stories, artfully highlighting God’s desire for all people to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Many of the finest artists from around the world have been selected to illustrate the stories.

In an attempt to create the first truly global Bible for children, the artists have been invited to portray the stories with the style and richness of their own culture. Their stunning color illustrations allow readers to experience the Bible stories as if they were there—with Adam and Eve in the garden, with Noah on the ark, with Abraham in the desert, and with Jesus on the mountaintop.

Every story shows how God works through history and ends with a short prayer, which personalizes the message for each reader’s own life. Archbishop Tutu’s wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor shine throughout, as he reminds us that “We are all God’s children.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

Tutu is currently the Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who are working to promote the shared interests of humanity. In 2009 Tutu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. He is known for his great love for children, as well as his powerful and profound understanding of the message of Jesus Christ. The Archbishop lives in South Africa with his wife, Leah. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

“In the spirit of celebrating children all over the world, each illustrator in this book has been invited to draw on their own unique and rich cultural heritage in their portrayal of these Biblical stories. Their art is truly a marvelous reflection of how we are all made in God’s image.” –(Archbishop) Desmond Tutu

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My review:

This book  is a delight – absolutely enchanting. The illustrations beautifully portray the message of love and forgiveness found in the scriptures. The book is easy to read and quickly captures the attention of young children by masterfully telling the bible story through amazing art drawn by artists from around the world.

Each  page has it’s own artistic style yet somehow, the pages all fit together nicely like a beautiful quilt sewn together.

This bible blends all areas of the world together as you are reading it; when you see different cultures dance across the pages in bright colors and you see the spirit of community weaves the thread that binds the book together. We are all God’s children.

It is in the artistry that the words of this bible come alive for both the parent reading the story and the eagerly listening child. Children are visual learners and we must hear the word to have it really enter our heart and not just our minds.

I recommend this bible to any parent that believes in the importance of sowing the seed of the word in their childrens’ hearts, and I pray that you and your families are blessed on your journeys and that their love of the Lord grows with each storytime.

My son loves this bible and I love reading it with him. He really likes the pictures and the prayer at the end which he repeats after me. If you are interested in buying this book from Zondervan, you can purchase it here. You can even download some of the stories in MP3 audio format for free!

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