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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 in Children of God Storybook Bible. Many of the finest artists from around the world—such as Jago, E.B. Lewis, Javaka Steptoe, and Xiao Xin—have illustrated these favorite Bible stories from Desmond Tutu, connecting Scripture with the multitude of ethnicities across the globe.

The Children of God Storybook Bible:

  • Is perfect for readers ages 4 to 8 with a large format hardcover
  • Shows how God works through history, ending each biblical story with a short prayer, personalizing the message for each reader’s own life
  • Features Archbishop Desmond Tutu retelling 50 of his most beloved Bible stories
  • Includes a presentation page for thoughtful gifting at birthdays, Christmas, baptisms, or anytime.

Through the stunning illustrations and Tutu’s delightful words, readers will 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.

ISBN-13: 9780310719120

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 08-14-2010

Pages: 128

Product Dimensions: 8.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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 the Elders, 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