“I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.”
A friend at Life Group last night reminded me that I hadn’t yet blogged on the book that I mentioned in the sermon on Sunday (thanks Jaime). This is the book that I read to our girls every night before bed. It’s an awesome compilation of Bible stories set in a framework of telling the stories of the Bible as one Big Story that has Jesus as the central character. Not only is it wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated, but I think from a theological standpoint many parents will learn a lot as they read it to their kids. Pastor Tyler just tweeted a link today that has this book on sale for Kindle at just $2.99.
Here is a little excerpt from early in the book:
No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne — everything — to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is — it’s true.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle — the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day — but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning…