Beginner's Gospel Story Bible
Kennedy, Jared; Mahoney, Trish
“Gods promises are at the heart of the gospel, and those promises reveal his heart while deepening our faith, sustaining our hope, and enabling us to know and experience his love. The Gospel Story Bible illustrates, clarifies, and applies Gods promises made and kept. Jareds pastoral heart and his passion for reaching kids with the gospel is seen on every page. Use this book to train children, adults, and even ministry leaders to see the beautiful story of God in ways that stir the imagination and engage the heart, while grounding the reader in the faithful and enduring love of God.”See All
Robert K. Cheong
Pastor of Care, Sojourn Community Church
“We absolutely must pass the faith on to the next generation, and Im delighted to see this book, which gives us one more way to do it. Enjoy!”See All
Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY
“The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible is a gift to parents and Bible teachers alike. The stories are written with a gospel crispness and illustrated with vivid colors and pictures that are sure to teach little minds about the beauty of God and his Kingdom. The Lord will use this work to plant many seeds in mini hearts.”See All
Lead Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Midtown
“Jared is a master teacher. He sees what each Bible story says about God, and also what God says in each story to a childs heart. This book is packed with simple and strong truths like, God never forgets his people, and, Jesus died instead of us. Jared gets to the core of each Bible story without dumbing it down, and then makes it easy to understand and remember. Thats powerful teachingexactly what kids need!”See All
Author of Show Them Jesus
“Jared Kennedy has written a beautiful, theologically rich book that everyone will lovekids, parents, and teachers! The illustrations are captivating and stunning, matched only by Jareds passion for Gods Word and the incredible way he makes it accessible for kids. I love this book and cant wait to read it with my daughter!”See All
Director of Content at JellyTelly
“Stories are great conveyers of truth, which is why Jesus so often told stories to his followers. His stories were often simple, repeatable, and powerful. Children of all ages won't be able to put this book down because the truths revealed are timeless!”See All
Pastor of Discipleship and Church Planting, Family Church, West Palm Beach, FL
“It is invaluable that a childs understanding of the story of Gods love for us to be grand and expansive. Not overly simplified in the form of a love note, but rather as an epic story of perfection, sin, redemption, and restoration. If a child comes to this understanding at a young age, it will fundamentally transform how they relate to God and read scripture. Jareds distillation of these gospel truths is an invaluable resource to parents and pastors alike.”See All
Pastor of Families, Redeemer Church, Utica, NY
“Parents, if you want a beginners bible study thats clear, beautifully-illustrated, on-level and brimming with gospel-promises, look no further. Just spend one minute flipping through The Beginners Gospel Story Bible and you will be convinced that Jared Kennedy is a pastor who knows how to convey bible truths in a memorable manner. Sure to capture little minds with big promises!”See All
President of Sojourn Network; founder of AmICalled.com; author of When Sinners Say I Do and Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls
“Once I started reading The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible, I could hardly stop. Jared Kennedy retells favorite Bible stories with a freshness and clarity that toddlers and preschoolers (and their parents) will love. Open this book with your little one, and watch eyes light up, fingers point, and smiles start to spread. Every page pops with bright colors and playful illustrations. Best of all, each of the fifty-two short chapters will point your child to Jesus. And thats good newsfor young and old alike.”See All
Author of The Radical Book for Kids
“It has always been challenging to find gospel-rich books to share with our kids, especially when they were very little. Here, Jared Kennedy and Trish Mahoney offer an engaging, beautiful, and fun resource for families. The stories manage to be faithful to the Scriptures and clear for young children, and theyre loaded with conversation starters. My only wish is that this book had come sooner!”See All
Founder and Director of Harbor Media
“The Beginners Gospel Story Bible lives up to its title. It truly is filled with stories that highlight the gospel promise in each portion of the Scriptures. Kennedy brings familiar passages into focus, highlighting God as the promise-making and promise-keeping good father who loves his children. Beautifully illustrated and perfect for a wide variety of ages, this book will definitely prompt questions and conversations about what life might look like as a follower of our wonderful promise-fulfilling God. The gospel is a clear and natural part of each chapter as Gods plan of redemption unfolds through the great stories of the Scripture. Focused on Jesus as the fulfillment of Gods promise to provide a way back to life with him, The Beginners Gospel Story Bible is both faithful and fun. I highly recommend it.”See All
J. Michael Thigpen
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitics, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
“Colorful! Simple! Beautiful! Jesus-centered! Those are just a few of the words that I would use to describe this new book from Jared Kennedy. The Beginners Gospel Story Bible is a reliable resource to provide to childrens teachers for use in their classrooms and to parents who need a tool to begin discipling their children at home.”See All
Timothy Paul Jones
C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“As a teacher of Biblical Interpretation, I frequently lament the hermeneutical thoughtlessness found in many childrens materials. The Beginners Gospel Story Bible, however, is a different story. It is characterized by both faithfulness to the intent of the inspired biblical authors and attention to the unifying themes of Scripture that find their ultimate fulfillment in Christ. The book is also beautifully illustrated. I wish this story Bible had been available when my children were younger. I am pleased to commend it with enthusiasm.”See All
Robert L. Plummer
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“With colorful, attention-grabbing illustrations and simple, heart-grabbing stories, The Beginners Gospel Story Bible is a must for you and your littles.”See All
speaker; podcaster; author of Everyday Grace
“Jared Kennedy has created a spectacular resource to help us teach the Bible to our youngest children. Though the language is simple enough for toddlers, the gospel truth it carries can and will transform lives. The illustrations compliment the story, creating a colorful journey for children as they discover the promises of God and how they are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. I will be placing a copy of this book in all our childrens ministry classrooms and recommending that every family in our church with small children add it to their bookshelf.”See All
Pastor; author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, and other books and curriculum for the church and family
Westminster Bookstore Note: This book contains cartoon or artistic images of Jesus. There are many people in our constituency who, in a sincere effort to honor the second commandment, refrain from the use of any kind of drawings or pictures of Jesus, even if not intended for a worship context. Out of respect for those who take this position, we have sought to add a note to books in our children’s category which have drawings or depictions of Jesus so that they can factor that into their buying decisions, as they would if they could inspect the books physically.
How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers? Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy’s focus on the promises of God makes the gospel come alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible highlights God’s perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.
Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!
In The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God’s tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child’s attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children—or letting them read it to you!—even the youngest kids will come to know that God’s promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.
- Gospel-centered Bible stories expressed in ways that speak to toddlers and preschoolers.
- Children will learn the good news of God’s love for them.
- Traces God’s perfect promises throughfifty-two Old and New Testament stories.
- Brightly colored illustrations by Trish Mahoney highlight each story and add fun elements to keep young children’s attention.
- Each story ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to reinforce the message.
What Makes the Product Unique? While much has been written in recent years for older preschoolers and children, very little has been written from a gospel-centered perspective for young preschoolers and toddlers. The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible was written for children ages two to five, retelling fifty-two Old and New Testament stories in simple and compelling ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the story and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child’s attention, and each story ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
What Is the Product for? The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible traces God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories to show toddlers and preschoolers how God keeps his promises—better than anyone could have thought or imagined! Each gospel-centered story highlights God’s tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Along with brightly colored illustrations that will hold children’s attention and questions to help parents and caregivers reinforce the message, even the youngest children will come to know that God’s promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.
Who Is the Product for? Written with toddlers and preschoolers in mind, each of the fifty-two Old and New Testament stories in The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible are retold in simple and compelling ways that will speak to their young hearts. Parents are encouraged to read this book to their children one chapter at a time—or have their children read it to them!—and use the illustrations and questions included with each story to help their children engage with and learn the gospel. Parents or caregivers may choose to read one story a week with their children, creating a one-year Bible curriculum for young children. Older children can also be encouraged to read the stories to their younger siblings, allowing the entire family to come to know the good news of God’s love for them.