Concerning Life as It Is Supposed to Be

Super Extra Holy People

When I met with the Presbytery of Central Florida to handle some details of my transfer there, the devotion for the morning came from a little book called The Jesus Storybook Bible.
It may seem odd that a gathering of presbyterian leaders was brought together by a reading from a children’s book of Bible stories, but that only speaks of the profound simplicity of the book. The particular story which was read was reverently and carefully told with a clear allusion to how the hopes of the story are fulfilled by Jesus. Hence the book’s subtitle: “Every Story Whispers His Name”.

Soon after, I ordered a copy of the book, and Wednesday night we read together as a family a story from it. We could have started at the beginning, with creation, but I flipped randomly and decided to begin by reading the chapter in which where Jesus contrasts sincere prayer with boastful public prayer and introduces the Lord’s Prayer. The first sentence hooked me:

In those days there were some Extra-Super-Holy People (at least that’s what they though), and they were called “Pharisees.”

How can you not love a book like this?

The book is written by Sally Lloyd-Jones who acknowledges her indebtedness to Tim Keller. It is wonderfully illustrated by someone who goes by the name Jago.




Installation Service


  1. Have given it to a grandchild on the basis of high recommendation from a friend. I have not read it myself, but love that she sees Christ in the Old Testament.

  2. This is one of our favorites. It's not uncommon to get teary-eyed if I read it aloud. It's our standard gift for baby showers. The church we visited last Sunday gave it to the parents of the infant which was baptized that day.

  3. I love the baptism gift idea. Thanks for sharing!

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