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Every Story Whispers His Name

Updated on June 16, 2013
Sally Lloyd-Jones
Sally Lloyd-Jones

I am unabashedly a fan of Sally Lloyd-Jones. She's a British children's story book writer who currently resides in Manhattan. I could tell you more about her but she does it better at her website. The book that got me started is The Jesus Storybook Bible, subtitled "Every story whispers his name." We keep a copy at home and every grandchild has one as well. But I've recommended it to adults who have a hard time grasping the Scriptures. Thanks to The Jesus Storybook Bible there are adults who have grasped the true message of the Scriptures for the first time.

What's so special?

Don't know about you, but I grew up with umpteen Bible stories rolling around in my head. Usually there would be a moral attached so we would learn to be good little children. The lesson from the feeding of the five thousand is that we share our lunch at school. The lesson from Daniel is that those who love God don't need to fear lions. Is it any wonder that when kids grow up, they begin to question the relevance of the Bible to their lives? Some eventually chuck it altogether.

Enter Sally Lloyd-Jones

She means it when she writes, "Every story whispers his name." Take for instance the account of Rachel and Leah. That chapter is titled, "The girl no one wanted." You can read it in Genesis 29 and 30. So Rachel is beautiful. And Leah? Not so much. While Jacob wound up with both as his wives, he clearly favored Rachel. Here's how Lloyd-Jones ends the story.

"Now when Leah knew that God loved her, in her heart, suddenly it didn't matter anymore whether her husband loved her the best, or if she was the prettiest. Someone had chosen her, someone did love her - with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

So when Leah had a baby boy she called him Judah, which means, 'This time I will praise the Lord.' And that's just what she did.

And you'll never guess what God gave Leah. You see when God looked at Leah, he saw a princess. And sure enough, that's exactly what she became. One of Leah's children's children's children would be a prince - the Prince of Heaven - God's Son.

This Prince would love God's people. They wouldn't need to be beautiful for him to love them. He would love them with all his heart. And they would be beautiful because he loved them.

Like Leah."

Sally Lloyd-Jones' latest just arrived at our door today: "Thought to Make your Heart Sing". It's an outstanding set of daily readings for children. Gripping fo

Get it?

While the Bible was written by over 40 different human authors its content was superintended by the Holy Spirit so that every incident is included for a reason - to whisper the name of Jesus. I've worked for ten years on a Bible survey, The Covenant Story. It's primarily for adults and older youth. I've found that Sally Lloyd-Jones is way ahead of me showing children how the Bible hangs together.

Oh, The Jesus Storybook Bible is beautifully illustrated by Jago. The Covenant Story? Well it's in very attractive Helvetica Neue.

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      sonfollowers 6 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Good stuff. I love the way you presented Leah's story. There are so many examples of people in the lineage of Jesus who we might not have chosen for one reason or another. I would imagine that even Jacob would have chosen Rachel over Leah. And yet God sees differently than we do. He chose Rahab also. And instead of Joseph (who seems to be the logical choice), God instead chose Judah who is the one who talked the brothers into selling Joseph to the Ishmaelites. Moses probably didn't seem like a great choice at the time either. I'm pretty sure that God uses us not in spite of our weakness but because of it--to magnify his glory. Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Pagel 6 years ago

      As a kindergarten teacher, I have strong opinions about books for kids. I agree wholeheartedly that Sally-Lloyd Jones does a FABULOUS job of explaining Bible stories in a way kids can understand and relate to. She conveys God's love, majesty, power, and character in a winsome way.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Every occasion is an opportunity to teach about Jesus. Many do not realize the Old Testament was a leading up to His birth and ministry here on earth. This sounds like a lovely book for children. Thanks for the review.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed this, and you are right. We really ought to teach the parallel between Jesus and the stories. It provides a fuller understanding and purpose.