Book Review: The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm

The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm with Illustrations by Gail Schoonmaker, published by Crossway Books, 2004, 453 pages, clothbound.

The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm is a children’s book. You might be wondering, what is In-Depth Studies doing in reviewing a children’s book? Admittedly, this is not the sort of book that I would typically review. To be honest, I am usually a bit disappointed at most children’s books. The reason for my disappointment is that children’s books tend to be theologically deficient. You might be thinking, why is it so critical to be theologically correct in a children’s book? The answer is that everything we do is supposed to be done in a manner that brings glory to our God (1 Corinthians 10:31). The Big Picture is a Bible Story book. The illustrations are wonderful and the book is well put together. The wording on the pages is minimal so that this book would work well for young children. But, the strength of this book is its handling of the Old Testament. It sees all the Old Testament as pointing toward the ultimate story of the cross of Jesus Christ.  All the stories in the Old Testament were guiding us to the greatest of all stories, the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross to pay for the sins of all those who were going to believe. I recommend this book to all parents and grandparents as a very useful tool to help you in your quest to ground those entrusted to you with the amazing message of Scripture.

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