The Big Picture Story Bible

No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all God s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book of Bible stories written especially for children ages 2 7 Rather than simply retelling portions of the Bible, this book presents the big picture the unified story running thNo child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all God s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book of Bible stories written especially for children ages 2 7 Rather than simply retelling portions of the Bible, this book presents the big picture the unified story running through the Old and New Testaments Twenty six stories together form parts of this big picture.Simply written and beautifully illustrated, this book teaches children the Bible s whole story so they can begin to appreciate the fulfillment of God s promise to his people The Big Picture Story Bible is perfect for parents to read to their children and for older children to read on their own.First published in 2004, The Big Picture Story Bible has been widely praised and used by parents It now comes with an audio recording of the book, read by the author and presented on two CDs, one each for the Old and New Testaments Great for Sunday school classes and trips in the car, children can listen to the text and follow along in the book.Book Details Format Book CDPublication Date 11 18 2010Pages 456Reading Level Age 2 and Up
The Big Picture Story Bible No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all God s love for his people as portrayed in the Bible David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book

  • Title: The Big Picture Story Bible
  • Author: David R. Helm Gail Schoonmaker
  • ISBN: 9781581342772
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Big Picture Story Bible”

    1. Many of you know that I am very particular about the “christian” books that I read to my kids. I’m often saddened by the lack of doctrine and mis-truths that are taught to our kids in the most popular “Bible” books. So I was very reluctant to embrace the “Big Picture Story Bible”, but I have and here’s why.First, it doesn’t make the Bible into a bunch of moral stories or “Veggie-tunize it”, instead it shows the whole plan of salvation from Adam and Eve to the “New Earth. [...]

    2. My four year daughter really enjoyed listening to the CD of this. This is an easy to understand big book of bible stories.

    3. This is the best Children's storybook Bible out there I think. The illustrations are not very good, but the Biblical storyline and theology is stronger than DeYoung's smaller synopsis and Helm doesnt take the liberties that Sally Lloyd-Jones does. All that said, all three of them are quite good. But The Big Picture Story Bible takes the cake in the Bierig home.

    4. Grasping the continuity of the Bible is difficult, even for adults. It's easy to read it as many separate stories, each one written to reveal something about God but not necessarily connected to one another. But to view the Bible like this is to miss the "big picture," the story line that is hidden in the pages, waiting to be discovered. That story line is the Christ-centered story of redemption.In The Big Picture Story Bible, David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker simply yet superbly tie together the [...]

    5. A pretty little amazing book to introduce children to the truths found in the Bible. At two, this was officially the longest book my daughter has ever sat through. She even repeated some of the things it said and was fascinated with the pictures.

    6. Outstanding. Rich concepts in plain language. How the people of God find a place to live under the wonderful rule of God. Highly recommended for ages 2-7.

    7. I've been reading parts of this book to my children for about a year and a half now but haven't gone through it myself until now. I liked the 'metanarrative' approach of this children's Bible to show the cohesiveness of the Scriptures' many stories. Obviously simplistic and glossy on it's details (and I don't agree with all it's wording) but a great book for it's aim. It would have been nice if the author included scripture reference on the section title pages. I also enjoyed the way this gave a [...]

    8. We received this book from the church when our first child was born. The illustrations are truly capitivating and have a unique style. The narrative is just okay. It is sparse, and tries to only cover the highlights of the Bible. Sometimes, I think it is not concrete enough for children so young, and the lack of depth can create a vague obscurity. it is a good book, and I'm glad we have it - of course, it is also precious because it came from our church. But, it is more something that we keep fo [...]

    9. My husband and I read this to my 3 year old as we incorporated it into our nightly family devotions. I love it because it gives a big and sweeping narrative of both the Old Testament and New Testament thus the title "Big Picture." Every story points to Jesus (similar to The Jesus Storybook Bible)and the author does a really great job of drawing out Biblical themes and principles in each story telling. I especially appreciated the Genesis story and illustrations. I would highly recommend this for [...]

    10. Just finished my second read-through of this with the kids. I love the emphasis on the storyline of redemption. The amount of words per page and the details of the pictures kept my 2 year old interested throughout. Some of the animals are repeated from page to page in the stories as well, so it can be turned into a "seek and find" game too. I recommend letting them find the animal before you read the words. :-)

    11. My wife and I really love this children's bible. Given to us as a gift when my first son was born, we have enjoyed making this part of our children's bedtime routine. The Bible has been condensed into stories pointing to Jesus and culminating in Jesus. The presentation of the gospel is clear and Jesus is rightly revealed as Savior, Lord, and King. The artwork is well done and rightly captures the perspective of God seeing His people on earth. Thankful for this resource.

    12. This is the story Bible we got Nathan to read to us--an easier reading level than the Jesus Storybook Bible, easier for Katya to understand, but still well connected and written with lots of actual verse quotes woven in. He often runs to grab it and find the story that we are reading in a different version.

    13. Fantasic kids Bible showing the Metanarrative of Scripture and following some key themes (God's people, God's Place, God's Word)

    14. One of the best children’s “Bible Story” books that I have seen. A clear, readable, biblically-sound overview of the overarching, “big picture” story of all of Scripture. My three-and-a-half year old mainly loved pulling the ribbon bookmark out at the start of each story every night and then putting it back and slamming the big book shut at the end of each story (for our first read-through), so I’m not convinced she can now wax eloquently about the differences between supralapsariani [...]

    15. I've been wanting this Bible for awhile for my girls but didn't get it until recently when I finally found a copy at Half Price Books. First, this Bible is not like other kid's Bibles. Most kid Bibles have an assortment of isolated Bible stories. There is nothing wrong with this format, but The Big Picture Story Bible does not use this format. This Bible is devoted to telling the story of our relationship with God starting with God creating the world, man messing up his relationship with God and [...]

    16. I read this book in 2014 when I first became a Christian as reading the actual bible was difficult for me and I needed a simple starting point. Reading the bible has become a bit easier and a lot more enjoyable.My reason for reading this book again three years later was reading it to my daughter, one chapter per day. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    17. Very good children's Bible, but honestly expected a bit more from it after seeing so many 5-star ratings. So far the best and most appropriate children's Bible for very young children (2 years) I have used. I think my children will appreciate and understand this Bible more as they grow a bit older. Nice to be able to download a free audio version of the book, too.

    18. Pasamos muy buen tiempo con mis niños leyéndolo. Personalmente esperaba que por el tamaño del libro las historias fueran más amplias y contribuyeran más a todo el panorama de la Biblia. Lo que me gustó mucho es la forma en que hace preguntas en las historias, esto nos ayudó a expandir y explicar personalmente a nuestros hijos.

    19. This is an excellent Children's Bible. I prefer it over the "Jesus Storybook Bible". It is clear in explaining Scripture in simple language and is faithful in unfolding the message of Scripture.

    20. The Big Picture Story Bible is a great children's book on the Bible because it gives the overarching themes of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. I enjoyed reading the book. Five out of five stars.

    21. I am against burning books, but if I were to start, this would be the book. I hate the Christian American hyper-protestant view of God as some sort of jealous and vindictive control freak. I can't stand the idea that we should teach our children that they are worthless or nothing without God. I don't want my children to be in an abusive relationship with the American version of God, who is not God. I don't want any children to be in an abusive relationship with that bastard god, who is supposed [...]

    22. Age Range: 2 & upThis Bible can be enjoyed by preschoolers, but it is really meant for elementary-aged kids. David Helms writes in a conversational style that encourages talking with kids as you read this aloud. The stories are all connected together, which helps give kids a picture of God’s sovereignty, but makes it hard to read just one story and have it make sense. Often, the stories end on cliffhangers that lead in to the next story. The stories leave out a lot of details which are som [...]

    23. Marvelous retelling of the story of God. The back cover says it best. "The Bible is a big book, about a big God, who keeps a big Promise!"I really love how this goes over the entire story from creation, sin, Israel and covenants, prophets, Jesus, the early church and the final re-creation. It includes in its story, how and why we have the bible. While I guess I might have a minor quibble here or there, I wish I had had this book when the kids were younger. It would be awesome family reading. It [...]

    24. This story Bible is good for preschool age children.The pictures are delightful and look like watercolor paintings. The faces are easy to see and show different emotions. The scenery is bright and filled with detail.The stories themselves are based on the Bible. The author paraphrased many of the familiar Bible stories so that they are easier to understand. The shorter stories help hold the attention of young children. The author even has questions you can ask the child as you are reading. These [...]

    25. I've never been big on story bibles. I don't know why, but they've always slightly annoyed me. So, as it turns out I was slightly annoyed when I found out this is the book I would be reviewing this month for Crossway. This picture Bible I felt was just like a lot of the others I've seen. Cute pictures that depict the stories of the Bible. I enjoyed looking at the pictures, and it was fun to go back over the stories. All in all however I would say it is just like any other picture Bible. I wouldn [...]

    26. This is my new favorite story bible. It is so good at teaching the overall message of Scripture in such a thorough and deep way, presented clearly so that children can understand. This is no moralizing collection of Bible stories. It presents the storyline of the Bible clearly, reverently, richly. Many people love the Jesus Storybook Bible, which has its merits, but for me this corrects everything I am not crazy about with the JSB. It is not as portable as some others, so we likely won't be brin [...]

    27. My wife and I are writing a curriculum for our church community's 2-3s class and using this Children's Bible as the basis. It was written by David Helm, the lead pastor of Holy Trinity Church, a non-denominational Reformed church in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. If you are Reformed in your theology, this is the best Children's Bible out there. It does a wonderful job of capturing and communicating the coherence of Holy Scripture and the gracious greatness of God in simple, short sentences that young k [...]

    28. The Good: The art is nice and my kids LOVE looking through itI like how they go through God's promise from Adam to JesusIt's well written, suitably simplified and easy to understand.The Bad:I read this book to my 3 and 4 1/2 year old. I didn't find it to be age appropriate. There are some violent stories told that I didn't feel my kids were ready for.None of Jesus' stories told (No parables at all!) Recounts None(!!) of Jesus' teaching (that doesn't directly tie to being saved). No Beatitudes. N [...]

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