The Beginning

Today is a day of new beginnings.

At least for this blog.

I love reading to my daughter. We have such fun together with books, that in our new house we set up a reading area where we can sit together and read. Reading aloud to children has multiple benefits ranging from cognitive development to behavior and attention.

Stories have been a part of human culture since the beginning of time. They communicate truths about humanity, as well as divine themes that motivate us to grow in our humanity. Stories, being told and being heard, have the power to heal and transform.

Children’s story books are no exception.

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No matter how old we are, we all have a favorite storybook. Maybe it is one you had your parents read over and over again. Maybe it is one you secretly pull out when no one else is watching to read again.

Intentionally or otherwise, story books communicate Biblical and theological themes to children and parents. Anne Wimberly uses the term “story-linking” to describe the process of connecting the stories of our lives with the stories of Scripture. This linking can happen with children’s storybooks and literature.

The Storybook Project is an effort to encourage parents to read to their children and to foster theological, God-talks with their kids. In short, to story-link between the stories we read and the stories of Scripture. The goal is to have a simple discussion guide published each week. Occasionally there will be reviews of books or Bibles.

I hope you will come back and check it out over the next few weeks. It all starts tomorrow! And let me know what you think.

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