The Story of God’s Love for You- Sally Lloyd Jones
There are certain books that allow you to break free from all of your religious baggage. As a pastor’s kid, I heard the bible read, preached, and quoted so often growing up that it sometimes feels like a commercial jingle. When I discovered C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, I fell in love. The allegorical message of the gospel was so different from what I knew, my blinders fell off and I cried through all seven books.
Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible is like that. So unexpectedly different, and yet so true that it pierces your heart. My husband and I have several copies of the original version in our home- for “someday” when we have kids or to give away when our friends do.
Lucky for us, we now have The Story of God’s Love for You- all of the beautiful poetry of the Gospel, wrapped up into an adult-appropriate package.
All the stars and mountains and the oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them. And so it was that the wonderful love story began…”
If you’re looking for new work from Sally-Lloyd Jones, this is not what you’re looking for. It is the same words as the Jesus StoryBook Bible. But it is a classic. If you’re looking to introduce someone to the great storytelling that is the Bible, this is a good way to do it. It’s a simple read, and would be appropriate for middle schoolers and above.
It’s also rather small- about 8″x6″. The stories are organized into chapters, just like the JSB, and would make for excellent bedtime stories.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Story of God’s Love for You in exchange for an honest review. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon here.