Monday, September 14, 2015

The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden {Review and Giveaway}

There are some reviews I get to share which quickly get put on my favourites list, and The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden is one such book (and keep reading because I get to give one away!)! I read this story to my 8 and 10 year old girls. We read it in one sitting. One could easily read one chapter per day, but they since they are older, they are happy to sit still for longer periods of time. We all loved it, and I have a feeling it will be requested again and again. We laughed out loud in some sections, and I felt tears spring to my eyes in others. I will be happy to oblige in reading it aloud to them whenever they ask.

The story is my favourite one of all time and means the world to me, personally. The illustrations are extraordinary. I am such a visual person and this book is one of the most visually pleasing and appealing that I have ever experienced. (Side note: Are their degrees of how visual one can be? If so, I'm at the most extreme end of the spectrum. I buy wine based on the how appealing the labels are to me. But . . . that's a topic for another day.)

Just take a peek at these phenomenal illustrations:

(By the way, the page immediately above, with the text and the corresponding artwork made the three of us gasp, "ooh" and "ahh", all at the same time! I get glorious chills just reading the words and seeing that rainbow sunburst again.)

I didn't know exactly how Kevin DeYoung would be able to share the entire gospel story, from Adam and Eve all the way to a future we have yet to experience and so much in between in a meaningful, concise way, but wow, has he ever done a remarkable job at it! It began as a Christmas sermon for his church, with visions of a sparkling children's book to come. Sparkle, it does, Kevin DeYoung. That is the perfect descriptive word for it. Hats off to both you and Don Clark. 

About the book:
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Crossway (August 31, 2015)

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - a best-selling author and father of six - leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heave and new earth.  With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.  

About Kevin DeYoung:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.  He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do SomethingThe Hole in Our HolinessCrazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word.  He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan. 

About Don Clark:
Don Clark is an artist and the cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio in Seattle that has worked with clients such as Target, Nike, LEGO, and WIRED magazine.  He lives with his wife and their 3 children, 4 goats, 12 chickens, and 1 crazy dog on a farm just outside the city limits. 


S O C I A L • C O R N E R

PURCHASE THE BOOK - What a great gift idea for the little ones in your life, or even for yourself!


I have one copy to giveaway! Woohoo!

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Open to residents of the USA and Canada, age 18 or older. 

Blessings and love. xo

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  1. Oh, I can never pick one favorite bible story! I do love to read about Paul, Moses, Joshua, and of course Jesus. Thank you for the giveaway of this beautiful book!

  2. No favourite Bible story per se, but I just finished reading through Judges and I am just so amazed at how much the culture during the times of Judges is so similar to ours and then started Ruth (which happens at the times of the judges) and it's filled with so much hope which totally foreshadows the hope of Jesus for me!

  3. I love to read the story of Esther! The book looks so good. I entered. :-) Thank you for linking it up with Read Aloud Wednesdays!

  4. I think I equally like the story of Joseph and the story of Elijah (Mount Carmel). I entered. The book looks great! Thanks for linking up with Read Aloud Wednesday.

  5. Favorite Bible story? Hard to nail that one down! How about Ruth with the aspect of the kinsman redeemer. This looks like a fascinating presentation of the gospel. Visiting from Booknificent Thursday.

  6. Favorite Bible story is too, too hard! :) I love the story of God redeeming mankind throughout the whole book - is that cheating? I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!