Book Review | More Than A Story

There is a spiritual famine in the land. Now more than ever, our children need to know, understand, and embrace the truths of the Holy Scriptures. As parents, we need to understand that if we will not teach our children about Christ and the truth of His Word, the world will teach them—and it will teach them errors and lies. Furthermore, we need Bible resources that will help us in teaching and discipling our children to the truths of God’s Word, so even when they are old they will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6).

Sally Michael’s More Than A Story stands out as a unique discipleship tool in acquainting children with the Holy Scriptures. This two-volume storybook explores the message of the Bible from the Old Testament (volume one) to the New Testament (volume two), retelling God’s glorious story of redemption. Fully illustrated by Fred Apps, More Than A Story will not only enrich you and your children with God’s truth but will also take you on a wonderful visual adventure.

More Than A Story is scripture-saturated. This is the first thing that you should consider when looking for Bible storybooks, and this is what I love most about this book. While other authors tend to sacrifice fidelity to the Holy Scriptures under the guise of creative license, this book explores Bible stories by being faithful to biblical text and emphasizing it even more. Every page you turn, you will see verses for guidance and reference. For emphasis, they were italicized and printed in brown which I find brilliant and very helpful. The stories were also written using child-appropriate language, so they are not only biblically accurate but also fun and engaging.

Aside from being scripture-saturated and engaging, More Than A Story also gives a clear presentation of key doctrines of the Christian faith. Highlighted here are doctrines concerning God, creation, sin, man, the fall, redemption, providence, and many more. Sally Michael did not just write stories and throw in a bunch of Bible verses but she also explained them very well. She presented key Bible doctrines through phrases (given emphasis by printing them in bold letters) and elaborated them throughout the stories. By the end of each story, she included questions to talk, pray, think about, and verses to memorize. These are excellent approaches in teaching children Bible truths and to etch those truths in their hearts and minds.

Final thoughts

More Than a Story is one of the best discipleship tools for kids that I can wholeheartedly recommend to any parent. It is biblically and theologically deep yet at the same time very accessible. Aside from this, I love that the stories and the entirety of them make a beautiful survey of the Holy Scriptures. Sally Michael’s eloquent and masterful writing appeals to the interest and engages the heart, mind, and will, and points readers to Christ and the gospel. In this godless age that we live in today, this is the kind of book that we need to be reading to our children—truthful, uncompromised, gospel-grounded, Christ-exalting.

Disclosure: A review copy of More Than A Story (two-volume) was provided for review by Truth78, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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