Monday, December 21, 2009

He's Here

Now that my kids are older (read: teenagers) I miss reading "storybook" type books to them. I really do! I don't know if they miss it as much as I do, but that's been something I've mourned as they've gotten older. We read aloud still, but it's chapter books, British Literature, and other selections. One thing I've loved since our adoption, however, is that I can go back through some picture books and story Bibles with all of the kids again, and they'll listen with their new brother. Because, you know, it's for him.

One book we've been reading that came out after my kids were small is the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The subtitle of the book is "Every story whispers his name" (referring to Jesus). Oh, how true! The Christmas season (if you listen) shouts Jesus' name, and passages like Luke 2 wonderfully depict the birth of Christ. But what I never truly realized until recently, and what this book helps kids to see is how every single other story in the Bible points directly to Christ. I have been captivated by Lloyd-Jones' masterful ability to bring that out.

Just last week, we were reading the story about Abraham sacrificing Isaac, and it said "They climbed the steep stony trail up the mountain. Isaac carried the wood on his back. His father carried the knife and the coals."

At the end of the story, she draws this amazing parallel: "Many years later, another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father and do what his Father asked. He wouldn't struggle of run away. Who was he? God's Son, his only Son- the Son he loved. The Lamb of God."

My older son (13) said quietly, "Wow. I never thought of that before. That's so true!"

Here is a wonderful video from the book with the story of the birth of Christ. I love this. I needed to see this, and so did my kids.

I'm so glad He's here.


Craig and Phyllis said...

I just watched the video with our three youngest boys. It was very good. And I'm quite intrigued by the concept of the Bible story book. I'll need to check into this book. Thanks for posting about it.

By the way, I found your blog when I was looking last spring for help with homeschooling your adopted child. Your blog came up on the google search. I have enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

Vickie said...

I *love* that book. Seriously. Like for real!

The kids and I read through it last year one chapter per week. We paired it with other readings or activities to stretch each story into a week. They are a bit old for that book but we still got SO much out of it.

Also, for the record, I might have cried every single time I read aloud from it. Ok ... I did. And they might have laughed at me ... yep. They did.

Did I mention I *love* that book?!?

Kristi said...

Oh, it is so good to hear from you again on this blog!! I totally understand. I was writing more, but then life just got too busy at our house as well! I love The Jesus Storybook Bible as well. Merry Christmas!

Julie said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. I believe the very hand of God led me here. We have adopted two children from Ethiopia and travel to pick them up in January. We also homeschool and I was panicing a little over how I would teach our 8 year old son. Thanks so much for your posts, they have really inspired me and also comforted me that we are doing the right thing by planning to home school him with our other children.

I will be back !

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