Sunday at church our pastor made the comment (and I paraphrase): If you do not see Christ in the Old Testament, you are not reading it correctly. Too many times the Old Testament is thought to be a collection morality tales to remind children not to lie, and to trust God. If that is all you see, you are sadly mistaken.
That reminded us that we have not yet shared the fabulous book that we’ve been reading to Josiah:
Kathy’s Plug: We have gotten to know The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm pretty well as Josiah is now in his third time reading the book with us. Dirk and I have been taking turns reading it all the way through with him, and we both have been impressed with many elements of the book.
The illustrations are colorful and fun, and they also express a lot of depth of meaning. Some of the concepts it addresses are complex and we thought it did a great job with trying to express them. The idea of the book is to show children the ‘big picture’ of the Bible: Jesus. It is an overview of many stories of the Bible all pointing to Christ. It does a great job of maintaining the story and illustrating the major themes.
I would not recommend that you use this in place of a Bible for children, however. There are too many stories left out for it to be considered a true ‘children’s bible. It would be a great supplement to the enforce the theme of Christ all throughout the Bible.
The best part, which makes the book so worth it, is the story of the walk to Emmaus where Jesus shows vividly how He was foretold to God’s people in the past: the passover, the temple, the whole sacrifical system, the promise if a davidic king, and many more.
I’m definitely not an expert on Christian books for children, but I would guess that a book like this is a rarity. It makes it clear that the events in the Old Testament are all a foreshadowing of Christ. Like I said, it leaves out many stories that children should know, but it definitely builds a foundation about Christ being everywhere in the Bible.
Dirk will add his review shortly.