Family Life Pastor, Marty Machowski believes Jesus is the hero of every story in the Old and New Testaments and also believes “bedtime stories” can change lives. Those two beliefs fueled his passion to produce156 condensed stories, 78 from the Old Testament and 78 from the New Testament for this remarkable stand-alone Gospel Story Bible. The book is also a part of his Gospel Stories for Kids series used in Sunday school programs. He draws on the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible translation in addition to A.E. Macha’s original and clever colorful illustrations to enhance and animate each story.
The stories are presented in imaginative two-page spreads complete with a brief commentary that connects Jesus, the larger story, “…to God’s redemptive plan.” I especially liked the idea that the Old Testament points forward to Jesus, while the New Testament points to the cross and God’s plan of salvation. Narratives end with “Let’s Talk about It,” that includes three story questions to encourage family discussion.
The story book opens with “God Creates the World” from the book of Genesis and includes scripture references. The last story, “At the Throne Worshiping,” is from the book of Revelation, a book not typically included in a children’s book, yet I believe it should be.
Although Bible stories can “unfold over several chapters,” such as the ten plagues of Egypt found in five chapters of Exodus, Marty selected the “best” story parts within the story without editing out relevant facts. Still, he also encourages parents to read the story as found in the Bible.
This remarkable resource could be used in many different ways. Not only is it an ideal storybook for preschoolers, it would make an excellent devotional for homeschooled, grade school and middle school students. It also would be useful as an introduction to the Bible for new believers or even a quick review or overview for established believers.
Marty’s versatile, enjoyable storybook is Bible based, God centered and gospel driven. Not only is it a biblical treasure trove for anyone, it would make an excellent basic primer for parents to teach youngsters about Jesus, the “hero of the Bible.” On a scale of one to ten, The Gospel Story Bible is a twelve plus.
‘The Gospel Story Bible” Discover Jesus in the Old and New Testaments’ by Marty Machowski, New Growth Press, 2011, 328 Pages, 978-1936768127, $29.99
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