Reviewed by Mark Powell
With six children, I am always on the lookout for new children’s Bibles and it is good to welcome The Biggest Story. It is one of those rare blends of amazing pictures (illustrated by Don Clark) and great words (thanks to Kevin DeYoung). What’s more, it is biblical theology at its best, showing how the main theme of the Scriptures is God’s plan to rescue humanity from the control and power of the Devil (1 John 3:8).
The idea behind the book started out as a Christmas sermon – to re-tell the “biggest story” in one sitting as one would at a fireside chat. DeYoung is himself a very good storyteller. He is engaging, funny but most of all insightful; he is also one of the most gifted writers in the Christian world today.
There are 10 chapters in all, taking us from Genesis right through to Revelation, and covering all of the major highlights in between. I especially appreciated how the book avoided moralism and constantly kept the “dramatic tension” of waiting for the “snake crusher” to save mankind. Scattered throughout the book are tremendous theological insights, which are presented in a clear and accessible way.
The illustrations match the text perfectly and amplify what the Scriptures are teaching. I found myself as an adult connecting with the imagery and marveling at what was being communicated.
The book’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness – it’s just too short! (When was the last time you heard that in a book review?) I would have loved to have seen many more chapters added. However, that is really not a fair criticism.
This is a great read and a resource well worth having if you are a parent or grandparent. It would also make a terrific gift to give at any time of the year.
Buy it here from Reformers Bookshop
Mark Powell is associate pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church