No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all—God’s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible. David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book of Bible stories written especially for children ages 2–7. Rather than simply retelling portions of the Bible, this book presents the big picture—the unified story running through the Old and New Testaments. Twenty-six stories together form parts of this big picture.
Simply written and beautifully illustrated, this book teaches children the Bible’s whole story so they can begin to appreciate the fulfillment of God’s promise to his people. The Big Picture Story Bible is perfect for parents to read to their children and for older children to read on their own.
First published in 2004, The Big Picture Story Bible has been widely praised and used by parents. It now comes with an audio recording of the book, read by the author and presented on two CDs, one each for the Old and New Testaments. Great for Sunday school classes and trips in the car, children can listen to the text and follow along in the book.
About the Author
David Helm serves on the pastoral staff of Holy Trinity Church, a multi-congregational church in Chicago. In addition he is the executive director of The Simeon Trust, which partners with churches to train men for gospel ministry. In this capacity, he leads workshops on biblical exposition to promote practical instruction in preaching. Helm is the co-author of The Genesis Factor (with Jon Dennis) and a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching.
About the Illustrator
Growing up, Gail Schoonmaker loved to draw pictures depicting the songs and stories she heard in church. She earned a BA in art from Wheaton College and makes her home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood with her husband, Keith, and their four children.
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: November 2010
“This is, hands-down, my new favorite of all our children's books, as well as the "story Bible" genre. It is superior to most other Bible story books in that it is written not as a collection of stories, but as one story—God's Big Picture. It is, simply, a 'Biblical Theology' for children, tracing the grandest Biblical story lines progressively through the entire Bible. Author David Helm does this in a way that is Christ-centered, while also showing how themes like God's place, God's people, and God's Word/Promise find their climax and fulfillment in Jesus.
“Big Picture also refers to the artwork, which is fantastic. I am sure it is the reason this book was my toddler's favorite long before she could follow the story itself. Besides being visually engaging, the artwork contributes significantly to the plan of the book by having progressively repeating themes to reinforce the story of redemption that forms the 'plot' of this children's Biblical theology.
“This book tells the whole story of the Bible so well I would commend it even to adults who want to understand the story line of the Bible better. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
- Jim Weidenaar, Westminster Bookstore Staff
Also recommended by Westminster Bookstore staff member Janice Mason
“When my son was growing up we read lots of Bible story books. But somehow we missed the big story that all of the stories fit into. The Big Picture Story Bible provides a foundation for children (and their moms and dads!) to grasp God's intention for his people to be in his place under his loving rule from the first page of the Bible to the last. What a treasure!”
- Nancy Guthrie, author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series
“This book is an outstanding resource for parents who delight in invading their children’s lives with the gospel. Your children will learn and grow through the marvelous words and pictures, and your heart will be refreshed and comforted again and again with the greatest story of all.”
- Barb Duguid
“David Helm has a pastor’s eye for the grand narrative of Scripture, combined with a father’s understanding of how to communicate that big idea to little minds. Gail Schoonmaker’s delightful pictures not only illustrate the text but also include additional details that invite parent and child to plunge deeper into the richness of the Biblical account. Highly recommended!”
- Iain Duguid
“As someone who tries (and succeeds, most of the time) to establish a regular pattern of family worship at the dinner table, I am always on the lookout for good Bible story resources to use with children of all ages. David Helm's Big Picture Story Bible is an excellent book to read with the youngest members of the covenant community. The book is written in a simple way that little children can understand. The pictures reinforce the meaning of the biblical text and often contain details that generate conversation and lead to a deeper understanding of the gospel. Even better, Helm's redemptive-historical orientation helps even the youngest Christians see the fundamental unity of the Bible and its single gospel message of salvation in Christ. As the title implies, it is an ideal book for helping little people get 'the big picture.'”
- Phillip Ryken, Tenth Presbyterian Church
“The Big Picture Story Bible . . . presents the Bible as a unified story—and this is so important, even when children are quite young. Children have keen narrative minds and active imaginations. They need to have those capacities respected and developed through hearing the stories of the Bible over and over again. At the same time, parents who read and tell these stories should help children to connect the dots and to learn of God's love and saving purpose from one story to the next.
“Children taught to see the big picture and to know the big story are in a good position to see that knowledge matured through deeper Bible study in years ahead. . . . great gifts for children and young families.”
- R. Albert Mohler Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary