Friday, August 28, 2015

(Review) The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark

Publication Date: August 31, 2015.
Publisher: Crossway.
Genre: Nonfiction, story of the Bible-OT to NT.
Age: 5-11.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Summary:
Beginning with Adam and Eve living in the garden, to their thrust from the garden, and their eldest son who murdered his brother, the reader is swept into the story of the Bible.
The emphasis of The Biggest Story is how Jesus is the snake crusher promised in Genesis chapter 3. Jesus is our redeemer, our Savior.
Other Bible characters covered are:
Noah
Abraham
Moses
Saul
David
Solomon
A divided kingdom
Prophets
Jesus

My Thoughts:

Several beginning elements I love about The Biggest Story:
  • The title. Kids can relate to small, big, biggest. The title is aptly, The Biggest Story. 
  • The pages are thick and sturdy.
  • Bold and vivid colors are used in the illustrations. 
  • The shapes used in the illustrations are squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. At first thought, this might be a minor point, but for a child, shapes are one of the first things a child learns. Shapes help "shape," or create a memory. I believe shapes can be a memory tool to help retain a story. 
How many adults can explain how the Old Testament and New Testament complete and compliment one another?
The Biggest Story shares the complete picture of how Jesus is the snake crusher (Garden of Eden story.) Throughout the Old Testament, people embraced God and then turned away from Him, they went back and forth between obedience and disobedience, until the kingdoms fell and the people were taken away from the Promised Land. People cannot save themselves. People cannot be counted on to make the "right" decision and stay with it. Most importantly, people are not righteous before a Holy God. Thus, people need a Savior. Jesus is the Redeemer and Savior of sin.

I believe building a strong foundation of understanding in a child about Jesus Christ, God, sin, the Bible, the relationship we have in Christ Jesus, and why we need a Savior will strengthen their faith as they become a grown-up. To attend church alone, does not explain why we are there, or why we believe in God. It's only going through the motions like a habitual routine.

A bond develops when we read to our children. We push the outer world away and focus on our child. Our child understands even at a young age, mommy, or daddy, is with us, and thus we are important and loved. 
Developing and nurturing a relationship with God in our children, is the most important task we have as a Christian parent. We have our child only a brief time, make haste.

I'm giddy about The Biggest Story. I purchased the book as a Christmas gift for my 9 year old grandson, Dawson. I can't wait to read the book to him!


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