By Teresa Sayles, Children’s Curriculum Specialist
Woodland Hills Church
I love the Bible. That’s probably no big surprise as teaching the Bible is my main job at Woodland Hills. However, if you were to ask about my favorite Bible, the one I get most excited about, it wouldn’t be one of several study Bibles that sit on my desk or the handy travel-sized one in my car or even the one my grandparents gave me as a kid. No, my favorite Bible, the one I can’t help telling people about, is The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago. It is, in my opinion, one of the best translations of the Biblical narrative and message I have ever seen, and it’s written for kids (though adults like it, too)! It doesn’t just tell stories but focuses throughout on God’s love and redemption and connects the stories by showing how He has been working throughout human history to draw people to Himself. Plus, the beautiful artwork on every page by British artist Jago makes you want to stop and read every story you pass.
So, it was with quite a bit of excitement and anticipation that I ordered Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, another collaboration by Lloyd-Jones and Jago. And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a wonderful collection of 101 thoughts and ponderings in free-verse poetry format that are both easy enough for kids to read and potentially spiritually transformative. Lloyd-Jones beautifully writes about things like trusting God, God’s power, unity in the Body of Christ, and forgiveness. They’re simple enough ideas for kids to understand and yet challenging enough that adults will find themselves growing closer to their Creator, as well. A Bible verse is included with every “thought” to help kids connect what they’re reading with what the Bible says. And, once again, Jago’s amazing artwork fills every page, providing beautiful visuals to accompany what you’re reading and pondering.
If you’re looking for a devotional or conversation-starter for your family, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is a fabulous choice. And if you already own The Jesus Storybook Bible – Great! Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing makes a perfect companion book to help enable kids to dig deeper into God’s truths and apply them to their own lives as they draw closer to Him.