Children of God Storybook Bible

Children of God Storybook Bible

by Desmond Tutu


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Creating the first truly global Bible for children of all nationalities, Desmond Tutu retells more than fifty of his most beloved Bible stories, artfully highlighting God’s desire for people of every color and every background to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts.

The Children of God Storybook Bible represents a marked achievement in portraying the diverse peoples of the Bible and connecting Scripture with the multitude of ethnicities across the globe who seek to know and love God’s Word. Many of the finest artists from around the world—such as Jago, E.B. Lewis, Javaka Steptoe, and Xiao Xin—have been selected to illustrate these stories, infusing each one with the style and richness of their own culture.

The stunning, full-color illustrations found throughout the Children of God Storybook Bible allow readers to experience the Bible stories as if they were there, with Adam and Eve in the garden, with Noah on the ark, with Abraham in the desert, and with Jesus on the mountaintop.

As Desmond Tutu says: “In the spirit of celebrating children all over the world, each illustrator in this book has been invited to draw on their own unique and rich cultural heritage in their portrayal of these Biblical stories. Their art is truly a marvelous reflection of how we are all made in God’s image.”

The Children of God Storybook Bible:

  • Features Archbishop Desmond Tutu retelling fifty of his most beloved Bible stories
  • Includes stunning illustrations from many of the finest artists from around the world, such as Jago, E.B. Lewis, Javaka Steptoe, and Xiao Xin
  • Shows how God works through history, ending each biblical story with a short prayer, personalizing the message for each reader’s own life
  • Is filled with Archbishop Tutu’s wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor as he reminds us, “We are all God’s children.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310719120
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/26/2010
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 160,616
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He is the author of numerous books including the Children of God Storybook Bible, God’s Dream, and Desmond and the Very Mean Word. From 2007 to 2013, Tutu was the founding Chair of theElders, a group of global leaders who are working topromote the shared interests of humanity. In 2013he received the Templeton Prize for advancing spiritualprogress in the world. He lives in South Africa withhis wife, Leah. They have four children and sevengrandchildren.

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Children of God Storybook Bible

By Desmond Tutu


Copyright © 2010 Desmond Tutu
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-71912-0

Chapter One

God loves a child's welcoming heart

Jesus Blesses the Little Children Mark 10

Jesus spent many hours teaching people about God and how he loves us all. One day, when Jesus was tired and resting, some parents arrived with their children. The children were giggling and laughing and running around making noise while their parents asked the disciples if they could speak with Jesus.

"What do you want with the Master?" asked the disciples.

"We want him to bless our children."

"The Master is resting," the disciples said. "You can't bother him now. Go home."

But Jesus heard them. "Do not chase away the children!" he called. "Let them come to me. God loves children, and when they smile, he smiles; when they laugh, he laughs; when they cry, he cries."

Jesus went to the children, and they laughed and played together for a while. He took them in his arms and hugged them. He placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. Then he told the disciples, "Everyone who wants to see God's dream come true must see with the eyes of a child."

Dear God, help me to see your dream.

God chooses Samuel as his messenger

Samuel in the Temple 1 Samuel 3

A young boy named Samuel lived with a priest named Eli, who taught him to love God with all his heart. But Eli's sons were wicked and did not listen to their father or to God. They did not respect what was holy and took what was not theirs.

One night while Samuel was sleeping, he heard a voice calling, "Samuel! Samuel!" He ran to Eli and said, "Here I am."

"I didn't call you," said Eli. "Go back to sleep."

Samuel lay down, but again he heard someone calling him. He ran to Eli, but was told to go back to bed.

"Samuel! Samuel!" the voice called a third time.

This time Eli understood that it was God calling Samuel. "If you hear the voice again, say, 'Speak, your servant is listening.'"

"Samuel! Samuel!" came the voice yet again.

"Speak, Lord, your servant is listening," Samuel replied.

The next day Eli asked Samuel to tell him what God had said. Samuel was afraid to tell him, but Eli insisted. "God is upset that your sons have behaved badly and plans to punish the wicked."

Eli bowed his head and said, "He is the Lord and will do what he knows is right."

Dear God, let me hear you when you call.


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“The Children of God Storybook Bible is a wonderful way to introduce my young grandchildren to our Christian faith.” -- President Jimmy Carter, President

Magnificently illustrated and beautifully written Scriptural wisdom from one of the church’s greatest heroes. This book is the one children’s book that every Christian family should own. This book will serve as the main devotional book for my children in the upcoming year. In Children of God, Bishop Tutu presents Biblical truths reflecting a much-needed global perspective. --Soong-Chan Rah
Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism
North Park Theological Seminary -- Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Professor

“Desmond Tutu speaks to children and their elders in an inspiring and beautiful retelling of many of the central stories of the Bible. The artwork is a strong partner to the stories, and supports the challenge of the prayer that closes each one.” -- Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate

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Children of God Storybook Bible 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
PanglossMystic More than 1 year ago
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Children of God Storybook Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010) Review by Cynthia Coe As a mom, I've been in the market for a decent children's Bible for about 15 years. Most Bible storybooks for small children are too simplistic or make me wince when I read certain "takes" on essential stories, re-told for children. On the other side of the spectrum, other purportedly "children's" Bible storybooks are far too complex, not age appropriate, or go into way too much detail for any child under about 12 to sit still and listen to. Finally, here's one that is "just right." Archbishop Desmond Tutu, by way of Zondervan, has recently published his own retelling of essential Bible stories for children, and it is wonderful. I am currently reading this storybook Bible with my six year old, and the language, length of stories, and amount of detail are perfect for a young child. Better yet, the concept of the story is printed at the top of the page, and a very brief prayer follows each story. Then there's the illustrations, done by a marvelously talented and diverse group of artists from around the world. This Bible storybook is available as an e-book, but I highly recommend the hardback version - the colorful artwork alone is worth the price of the book. (Illustrations are included in the e-version, but the condensed size and lack of color do not do them justice.) With the text by Archbishop Tutu and illustrations by these artists, this storybook exemplifies the best of Anglicanism - a strong prophetic voice backed by worldwide diversity. With Sunday School attendance dwindling and many parishes without formal Christian formation programs, this Bible storybook is a much needed and much welcomed resource for parents to use with their own children.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In this truly lovely children's Bible, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has selected 56 of his favorite stories from the Bible to share with young readers. Starting at the beginning, with "The Creation" (Genesis I) and going all the way to "The Promise of a New Earth" (Revelation 21-22), this Bible offers a wonderful selection of stories to entice youngsters. There are the popular tales that appear in most children's Bibles: Noah's Ark, The Ten Commandments, and Jesus Feeds the Crowd, as well as some that are less frequently told such as Naboth's Vineyard and Jeremiah the Boy Prophet. While some of the stories may not be recognizable by the titles Archbishop Tutu has given them here, for example, "Jesus Teaches the Secret of Happiness" is known as "The Beatitudes" by most readers, all are well-written and engaging. Each story is just one or two pages long, and along with its accompanying illustration, occupies a two-page spread in this 128 page book. At the end of each tale is a short, one line prayer that relates something from the story; "Dear God, help me to speak with your wisdom" and "Dear God, help me to be a blessing to others," are a few examples. A perfect bedtime book, it's easy to flip through the pages to find two or three stories for each night's reading, going back and forth between the New and Old Testaments. Archbishop Tutu wanted this book to be a global Bible, for children the world over, so he invited twenty illustrators from around the World to add their interpretations of the stories. Their illustrations represent not just their vision of the stories, but adds the flavor of their various cultures, making this a truly international Bible. While Jesus may not look the same in each story, the changes in his appearance offer a good starting point for a discussion of Christ's followers from around the World. The illustrations are without an exception, bright and engaging and the changing styles keep the book fresh and interesting. Quill says: This children's Bible is sure to be a favorite for young readers who will read the stories over and over until they've memorized the tales and the book's pages are ragged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great for reading to grandsons, 6-8.
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My fiance and I gave this book, along with a savings bond, to our goddaughter for her baptism. No, she can't read it just yet as she is still a baby, but the sentiment of knowing it's a book she will grow up with is quite lovely. I look forward to reading it to her and with her.
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My kids enjoy this book, I have bought this for gifts
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