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We were delighted to receive a copy of The Easter Storybook published by David C Cook for review. This beautiful hard cover book contains forty single-page Bible stories starting with Jesus as a boy in the temple and ending with his ascension into heaven. Each story has a full-page color illustration on the opposite page. This is a great family Lenten devotional including the life and ministry of Jesus, reading a story a day in the weeks leading up to Easter and Jesus’ death and resurrection. There’s also a kindle version of this book.
Something that spoke to me was the note from the author, Laura Richie. Richie writes she “saw God as someone who had a lot of rules I was expected to follow.” She knew the term “relationship with God,” but didn’t know exactly what that meant. Even with following all the rules, she worried about “being good enough.” Eventually she realized that she never would be, and that’s when her real relationship with Jesus began. I felt like the author’s experience was beautifully threaded through each story, even though the stories themselves were directly focused on the associated Scripture.
Each story includes a text where the Bible story comes from as well as an associated Scripture reference. This is a great tool to teach children about cross-references in the Bible. The stories are written for 4-8 year olds, but even our 11 year old enjoyed them. At the end of each story is a question or questions for contemplation, helping children process the application of the story to their lives. These daily bite-sized Truths are digestible to even a young listener.
We read most of the stories in this book, and hope to finish this week. Illustrator Ian Dale does a marvelous job depicting the story in stunning color and detail. Sometimes our 4 year old would climb on my lap and asked to look at the pictures. She would choose the topic based on the illustration she was interested in and we would share an overview of the associated story. Since our church has been canceled due to the nationwide pandemic, we’ve been doing church at home. Our 8 year old daughter asked to read stories from this book as part of a home worship service.
Some of our favorite stories were Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, the good Samaritan, and Jesus’ resurrection. Our favorite illustration was Jesus teaching, with a child picking poppies in the forefront. The illustrations depicting Jesus’ death were gentle enough for a young child’s eyes. The photos following that part of the story showed subtle scars in his hands and feet. Our youngest was deeply touched by the pictures of the scars, but again, it was well-done for a child her age.
Part of David C Cook’s mission on their website reads, “David C Cook is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources to help Christians all over the world grow in their faith and pass it on to the next generation.” This Easter Storybook is definitely a tool that measures up to that standard. They also have “An Advent Storybook by the same author, of twenty-five stories leading up to the birth of the Messiah.
We highly recommend The Easter Storybook as a great family resource and/or devotional.
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