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***Special thanks to Audra Jennings – The B&B Media Group – for sending me a review copy.***
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for twenty-three years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is also the author of Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the forthcoming Gospel Story Sunday school curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles and conflicting priorities. For many Christians, God often becomes little more than an afterthought after days absorbed and depleted by the busyness of life. But the truth is that he is the hero of every story—including the mundane, ordinary ones we experience on a regular basis. That is why Marty Machowski beckons families to take time out from the daily grind to be transformed by the message of the Good News in his latest release, The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments (New Growth Press, November 2011).
Based on the ESV Bible, this uniquely illustrated Bible storybook uses 156 stories to present God’s plan of salvation in Christ from its opening narrative in Genesis to its finale in Revelation. This easy-to-read storybook written for children from preschool to high school introduces readers to many captivating people, places and events from the Bible’s Old and New Testaments. At the same time, Machowski skillfully connects the individual stories to the overall gospel narrative of how God redeemed a broken world through sending his son Jesus to save his people. Each story ends by connecting to Jesus and his gospel of grace. By sharing these Bible stories with each other, young and old will learn together the life-changing habit of recognizing the presence and workings of Christ in every moment of their day.
“The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to change the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read,” says Machowski. “That’s what makes The Gospel Story Bible ideal as a storybook for a preschooler, a devotional for a grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer or an introduction for the new one. Parents and children will learn together to read the whole Bible as one story, with one hero—Jesus Christ.”
Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions and Scripture references accompany each story to help lead families in exploring the Bible. Parents and teachers will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. A companion to the family devotional Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the soon-to-be-released Gospel Story Sunday school curriculum (February 2012), The Gospel Story Bible is also a great resource for churches, Sunday school classes, home-schoolers and Christian schools who want to teach their children to apply the gospel to every situation and make Jesus the most important part of their everyday lives.
My Thoughts on this Bible Story Book
This is a wonderful Bible Story book with 156 Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation. The stories are 2 pages long with a few questions to discuss at the end. The unique thing about this Bible story book is the
versatility of it. It is short and simple enough that it can be read to a small child, yet even a teenager would enjoy reading it. The stories are well written and explained. I love the unique illustrations that will appeal to any age too! I like that you really have to look at them well to realize just what they are, because this will enforce the story more for the reader.
The book is heavier than a lot of Bible storie books but that is because of the quality of the cover and pages. It could pass as a text book, it is just that size. This may not be so good for a small child to look at alone, but it makes it more enjoyable for an older child because it looks more their age.
Over all, this is a wonderful addition to any library, weather it be your personal one, or a church, public or school library.
- List Price: $29.99
- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: New Growth Press (December 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936768127
- ISBN-13: 978-1936768127
AND NOW…Some Sample Pages (click images to see them larger):