Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Biggest Story - A New Book for Christian Kids (With #FlyBy Giveaway) #BiggestStory

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The Biggest Story Ever Told 
How the Snake Crusher Brings us Back to the Garden
  • Written by Kevin DeYoung - Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church, Lansing, MI
  • Illustrated by Don Clark - Co-Founder of Invisible Creature Design Studio, Seattle, WA
  • A Children's Book - Read Aloud for Ages 5-8 or Read Alone for Ages 8-11
  • Published by Crossway and Released on August 31, 2015
  • Hardcover Book With Dustcover and Ribbon Placemarker
  • Read More and Purchase a Copy by Visiting the Official Page on The Crossway Website
  • The Book Has 130 Brightly Illustrated Pages and a Suggested Retail Price of $17.99
  • Crossway Books has a Facebook Page and a Twitter Account (@Crossway)
  • There is Also a Kevin DeYoung Facebook Page and Twitter Account (@RevKevDeYoung)
I think that the connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament is often lost on many Christians.  We all know Jesus the Savior, but some don't understand the whole story.  When we unlock the connection between the Old Covenant and the New, it makes the story of Salvation History so much clearer.

As a homeschool mom I have a lot more time to show the correlations to my own children and I have tried to help them connect the dots.  We all agree that The Old Testament is so much richer when we see how many times it foreshadows The Cross and Resurrection.

This new book, The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to The Garden, written by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark can help young people understand this relationship between the old and the new.

The language is meant to be easily understood and fits the current generations need for quick and concise explanations. The drawings are bright, bold, and eye catching.  The contemporary design will delight both kids and tweens.  The younger ones will be fascinated by the colorful pages while bigger kids will be grateful that it is not babyish or old fashioned like many other Bible based books.

Here is a look at some of the pages:

The Biggest Story
Isn't it beautiful?  There is also a short promotional video which will give you a peek at more of the gorgeous illustration and a teaser for the book.

As the video tells, it does begin in Eden, and it does end with the Resurrection.  It also tells many of the significant stories in between.  It also tells them in a page or two, and without any big theological words or difficult concepts.

It is easy to see the pattern of God's promises and man's disobedience time and time again.  Thankfully, the end of the story is that despite our frailty and imperfection, god kept His promise and we can get back to the beautiful easy union with Him that He had designed for us.

The last pages of the book are notes for parents and a brief explanation of how important it is to see The Passion and Resurrection in the proper context.

When I read the description of the book I thought it was a fantastic idea.  I think the only way to fully appreciate what we believe is to know the whole story, not just the last few chapters.  The author gets there by being quick and witty.  Here is a sample of a page of text:

The biggest Story - text
I do think that he may be a bit too quick, and bit too witty.  I have been a catechist for quite some time now, and I think we might not give kids enough credit for what they can comprehend.  This is fine to whet the appetite of young people, and maybe open the eyes of their parents, too.

It is my personal opinion that it would be best to read the book, then go back and focus on single chapters.  One could then delve deeper into each story by going back to an actual Bible and having some conversation.  The excerpt from the book can then illuminate the stories that might not have made as much sense before.

Also, worth noting for Catholics who read the title and also know that I am Catholic, Mary gets an honorable mention for her virgin birth, but this book is written by a Protestant minister.

Are you interested in getting your own copy of this book?  You can follow the link in the bullet points above to buy your own, and you may also try your luck at winning a copy here.

This is a FlyBy/Propeller giveaway - so please, please, please - If you or any member of your household have won a giveaway sponsored by Flyby in the 30 days before this one ends, know that you are not eligible to win this one.  If you will be eligible for this prize after September 27 and live in the US, use the form below to submit entries.

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