More Than a Story: Old Testament is a new kind of Bible resource for children—taking them on a chronological journey through the Bible with a God-centered, gospel-focused, discipleship-oriented, theologically grounded perspective.
Though the Bible is full of stories, it is MORE THAN A STORY. It is the authoritative Word of God that, throughout its pages, proclaims and magnifies the majestic character of God, His work in this world, and His plan of redemption for sinful men through His Son, Jesus.
“As I sat down I prayed, and I said 'how do I make these great truths understandable for children? And not only understandable but that they would embrace them with their hearts?'” Sally Michael in interview with Peter Bell and Nick Fullwiler
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"In More Than a Story, the Bible stories are both well-told and faithful to the original text. It also contains stories that other children’s Bibles tend to skip over. It’s written for children to understand, but not dumbed down; it’s age-appropriate, but doesn’t skip over big truths about God, his wisdom for living in a confusing age, and his unfolding plan of redemption."
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"What a magnificent book Sally Michael has written! It is at once simple to read and follow, and comprehensive, covering all of the major events and persons of the Old Testament. Parents will learn much along with their children as they use this book as a guide to understanding better the stories and storyline of the Old Testament Scriptures. Here is a resource parents can use profitably with their children for many generations to come."
"Sally Michael has a big view of God and a deep respect for the words of Scripture. These loves shine brightly in More Than a Story as she takes us through a gospel-rich look at the Old Testament. Along the way, she skillfully sneaks in theology, Old Testament chronology, and New Testament commentary. This is a wonderful resource for parents, grandparents, children’s workers, and, yes, even pastors."
CHAP BETTIS, author, The Disciple-Making Parent and Executive Director, The Apollos Project
"If you’ve ever visited a historical site, you’ll know how an expert tour guide can make all the difference. With decades of Bible study and teaching, Sally Michael now puts a masterful guide to God’s Word in your hands. I loved it! Packed with Scripture, this book is More Than a Story because it tells the true story of what God is doing in his world. So gather your family, enter the Story, and lead them on a life-changing tour of God’s Word."
CHAMP THORNTON, pastor and author of several books including The Radical Book for Kids and Why Do We Say Good Night?
"Sally Michael has written a fantastic Bible storybook that is a God-centered, doctrinally-rich, gospel-driven resource that will help children develop a grand view of a great God and understand the big story of the Bible centered on Christ. Sally’s books aren’t just ones that I recommend for other families—they are books that I use in my own home with my own children. I highly recommend that every parent and grandparent own a copy."
DR. JOSH MULVIHILL, Gospel Shaped Family and Christian Grandparenting Network, author of Biblical Worldview
A Must Have Resource!Wow! This is an incredible resource for families, with colorful true-to-life illustrations and much more in-depth content than you typically get in a book for children. It's the kind of book kids won't outgrow but will enjoy coming back to again and again. I love how the author gives questions to think about and discuss at the end of each chapter, setting parents up to engage their kids in conversation. Highly recommended! I'm definitely looking forward to the New Testament version when it comes out. BRUCE
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Best Children’s Bible for Older Kids!...We’ve read most of the children’s Bibles out there and it’s hard to find a children’s Bible that my 10 year-old doesn’t find too “babyish”. And yet we still need some sort of children’s Bible to read, since my kids (ages 7 and 10) aren’t quite ready for simply the ESV or NIV. ... I love that “More Than A Story” promotes higher-level thinking skills as well as helping you ponder the character of God. I feel like it is not only the kids whose eyes are being opened to the character of God—mine are too! If your kids loved the “Jesus Storybook Bible” and you’ve been looking for something similar for older kids, this is the Bible to get!!!! It is deep and wonderful for all ages and no doubt with help foster spiritual growth in your family and in your own heart. ERIN
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Many parents, grandparents, teachers, and pastors made it possible for us to complete the Old Testament volume of More Than a Story. Their generous investments enabled us to illustrate, edit, and print the English version so that it can now be translated for global reach.
We are now trusting God to supply the remaining finances needed for the New Testament volume of this valuable resource. Will you consider the opportunity to help us complete this project?
You can partner with us while also reserving your own copy of this book. As a thank you, anyone* who gives $100 or more (or $25 a month) will receive a copy of the New Testament volume of More Than a Story after it's completed.
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