If you’re looking for a new God-centered story to read to your kiddos on a picnic blanket in the shade, or to a musical background of crickets and frogs at bedtime, we have an idea for you!
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung, offers a unique and informative perspective on some of the Bible’s more prominent stories. DeYoung tells these stories in a way that shows how all of the individual stories, from Genesis to Revelation, come together as God’s one, big Story. He deals with some of the more challenging Bible stories that leave us asking questions—such as God’s request for Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice—and he explains important aspects of God’s purpose for them.
This authentic telling is complemented by DeYoung’s sense of humor, which will keep older kids and adults amused and engaged. Plus there are 127 pages of Don Clark’s absolutely amazing illustrations! Check these out…
Click this link for a video introduction to the book, with narration by Propaganda. Below is a summary of how The Biggest Story takes us through the greatest Story ever told.
The story begins in the Garden of Eden, where “It was a wonderful time to be God’s children in God’s wonderful world.” We are then taken through the choice Adam and Eve made to trust the snake and turn away from God, and how every person continued to make wrong choices from then on.
Still, God promised that someday a son of Eve would “crush the head of that nasty Snake” and make everything right again. And God continued to make good promises and give good blessings and important messages to His people. Then after a long, long time, God sent the Snake Crusher: Jesus, His Son.
But surprisingly, this Savior died. It is explained that this is how God did everything that humans couldn’t do—keeping promises and choosing the right way—so we could be with Him again. We then learn of the following justice: the resurrection of the innocent, crucified King-Priest-Prophet, and how God sent the Holy Spirit to bring the “power and peace and the presence of Christ with us all the time.”
But that’s not all! We learn that “We live in the beginning of the end of the story that we are still in the middle of.” The end will find us back in a renewed, perfect Garden with God, where “forever and ever”—once again—“it will be a wonderful time to be God’s children in God’s wonderful world.”
We love this honest, humorous, beautifully-illustrated take on God’s Story! We would love to hear your thoughts as you explore this way of sharing Scripture with your kiddos. Happy reading!