Friday, September 18, 2015

Book Review: The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the GardenThe Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A unique book for introducing children to the big picture of Scripture. I have not read any book like it. DeYoung moves from the garden to the major events in the history of Israel to Jesus to Heaven. He does all this in a book that can be read in one sitting and is packed with wonderful illustrations.

Some of my friends have disagreed with parts of it. But I am not sure I agree with any book in its entirety, especially one interpreting Scripture. DeYoung emphasizes Israel's failings. I wish he had put more time into those who were faithful in Israel. He mentions them, but then reminds us that they were sinners too. He emphasis on God's faithfulness is excellent. But at times this comes at the expense of faithful men and women throughout the history of God's people. To prove God is faithful one does not have to minimize the faithfulness of his people. DeYoung also leaves out creation, which is odd.

Still it is a great read because of its length, illustrations, the emphasis on God keeping his promises, and the way it gives kids the big picture of the Bible.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8