Your 2019 JSB Advent Guide Is Here!

The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Guide is back! And this year it is even better than ever. From the intro to the JSB Advent Guide: “What do you love most about Christmas? Most of us might say, PRESENTS! And probably all the grown-ups will laugh and want us to say something more worthy. But actually… Read more »

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Books for November and Giving Thanks

I think every month should be gratitude month. I love what Chesterton said… “Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” (That’s the sort of math I am really especially fond of!) We pulled together a great roundup of books to help you celebrate the month of November (updated for 2019), including some Thanksgiving picks plus a… Read more »

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Slowing Down and Looking Up

This time of year it’s as if the trees are shining beacons of light, dancing, waving their arms all about, desperately trying to catch our attention. Inviting us to slow down. To stop and look up. Reminding us to be where we are. Right here. Right now. The writer, Dallas Willard, was once asked what… Read more »

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Living a Life of Radical Amazement

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” –Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel This quote has been bouncing around in… Read more »

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The One Indispensable Tool to Rely On Each Day

I love going behind the scenes and seeing the studio of an illustrator, or the desk of a writer, don’t you? I recently posted a behind the scenes of my own desk. These tiny pencils. One child calls his tiny pencils, “Legendary Pencils.” So that’s what they are from now on: my Legendary Pencils. What… Read more »

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Some of My Favorite Writing Books

If you love to write, I imagine you love to read. And reading about writing? Well that’s my cup of tea (along with an actual cup of tea, of course). Here are some of my favorite books about writing to help inspire your own projects. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott Acclaimed bestselling author Ann… Read more »

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Top Ten Bird Books from a Budding Ornithologist (That Is, Bird Expert)

I attended boarding school in the UK in the New Forest (which, for the record, is not new – it’s ancient – but to the UK, it’s new!). My school, Manor House, was nestled in the middle of New Forest, which made for excellent adventures and encounters with all sorts of creatures, including my favorite,… Read more »

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The Jesus Storybook Bible — Now Available in 38 Languages

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah to Moses to the great King David, every story points to a Child. The one upon whom everything would depend… So many of you have inquired about The Jesus Storybook Bible in other languages so you can share God’s… Read more »

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Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing: ARROW PRAYERS

Do you think that maybe your prayers aren’t long enough? Or don’t use enough special words? In the Bible there are lots of little prayers– so little they couldn’t be any littler. “Help, Lord!”, “Lord, save me!” They’re arrow prayers, quickly shot up to God. Once, in the middle of the night, during a huge… Read more »

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Thoughts to make your heart sing for Valentine’s Day

THREE SMALL WORDS “Treasure these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” DEUTERONOMY 11:18 (ESV) What words does God want you to treasure in the deepest part of you? “Be good”? “Do it better?” “Try harder”? Are those the words God wrote in the Bible for us, to rescue and free us?… Read more »

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