I’ve read a lot of storybooks that explain the good news of Jesus and overarching message of the Bible to children, and there are many excellent ones. But I really do think I’ve found the best one, and it’s from The Good Book Company and their series Tales That Tell the Truth. The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross is written by Carl Lafterton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, and I simply cannot stop reading it to my kids. It’s so good for me.
Unlike most of other storybooks, there really aren’t many words, but 66 books of powerful truth about God has been packed into tiny little sentences that make perfect sense to little toddler-ears. The whole theme of the book is summarized in an excellent little catchphrase to which my children love to chant and wag their fingers: “It is wonderful to live with Him, but because of your sin, you can’t come in!” The separation between God that started in the garden of Eden and continued to the temple has kept us from the perfect enjoyment for which we were made, but Christ has torn the separation and risen again, and now our sins are forgiven and we can come in and know the Lord.
The illustrations are wonderful. They’re creative, modern, whimsical, and fun. I love the depiction of Heaven and how all the believers are wearing crowns. I love how happy Adam and Eve were.
You can tell that this book was made with much effort, care, and deep theological knowledge that translates to simple but beautiful truths about mankind and our relationship with God. My kids (2 and 3 years old) loved it and I’m sure younger and older kids would enjoy it too.
You can watch the book on Youtube, but I think it’s worth it to go ahead and purchase the physical copy or ebook.
Praise God that we can know Him and enjoy Him forever!
Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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My name is Hope.
I'm 25, married to a former skater dude and raising three little people ages 1-5. I like chartreuse, calligraphy, Coke Icees, childbirth, crocs, Studio C, and...alliteration.
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