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Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj, “‘We Are Afraid of Christmas’: Tensions Dampen Holiday in India,” The New York Times (Dec 24, 2017)

Panorama of children't picture book covers
Creation to Christmas: Big Picture Picture Books /

At CTBP we know you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the little ones in your life. Something simple yet significant. And you want our recommendation. Well…

Why not give them the Creation and Consummation of the cosmos in a picture book? What would better satisfy your niece or nephew than the biblical panorama of salvation history to read in one sitting? An epic present. Really.

The idea of the Bible as one epic story is catching on with authors, illustrators and publishers. Jesus started the idea (Luke 24:27, 44–49). Missionaries have taken to crafting “Creation to Christ” (C2C) stories to cross cultures. I tell it as the Kingdom Story. And now there are picture books to give you more creative ways to convey the good news to your children. Make this year’s gift truly epic by doing it together: reading, believing and living out the story of the Bible.

Below are three winners and two honorable mentions in the category of… uh… big picture picture books.

Winners

Honorable Mentions

Two other books are too long for one sitting but present the Bible clearly and creatively as one story.


Update

Kevin DeYoung and Don Clark made a board book to go along with The Biggest Story, The Biggest Story ABC.

Now you know what I mean when I shout “Merry Christmas!” The Author has come to be with us.

Doug TenNapel, “Still the Greatest Story” (Dec 25, 2014)

Herana: A Traditional Nepali Christmas Song /

Herana हेरन

Khristiya Bhajan no. 35
ख्रीष्टीय भजन न. ३५
Arrangement by Aradhna

हेरन आकाशमा ताराको उज्यालो
नवजात प्रभुको दर्शन गर्न नगर बियाँलो (२)

ईश्वरको वचन पूरो गर्नलाई आए प्रभु जगमा (२)
मानवको सबै दुःख बुझ्नलाई पस्रिए डुंडैमा
(गोठालाहरू छक्क परे जब) देखे स्वर्गदूतलाई
ढाडस पाई रमाइ गए खबर दिनलाई (२)

तारालाई आफ्नो लक्ष बनाइ बढे ज्योतिषीगण (२)
भेटी चढाए दर्शन पाई गराए आनन्दित मन
(पापी जनको तारणहार) मानिसको रूपमा
ख्याल नराखी डाँडा-काँडा बढौँ सबै प्रभुमा (२)


Transliteration

herana aakaashmaa taaraako ujyaalo
nawjaat prabhuko darshan garna nagara biyaañlo

ishwarko bachan puro garnalaai aae prabhu jagmaa
maanawko sabai duukha bujhnalaai pasrie DuñDaimaa
goThaalaaharu chhakka pare jaba dekhe swargadutlaai
DhaaRas paai ramaai gae khabar dinalai

taaraalaai aaphno laksha banaai baRhe jyotishigaN
bheTi chaRhaae darshan paai garaae aanandit man
paapi janko taaraNahaar maanisko rupmaa
khyaal naraakhi DhaañRaa-kaaRaa baRhauñ sabai prabhumaa


Translation

Look at the brightness of the star in the sky
Don’t delay to appear before the newborn Lord

The Lord came to the world to fulfill the word of God
He laid humbly in a manger to understand man’s sorrows
Shepherds were amazed when they saw the angels
They were encouraged and happily went to share the news

A band of astrologers made their own way to the star
Obtaining an audience, offering presents, their hearts were filled with joy
Rescuer of sinful man, in the form of a man
Taking no thought of the ridicule, the journey, let’s all grow in the Lord


Key G, Time 3/4

G   D   G Em    C  G
हेरन आकाशमा ताराको उज्यालो
G     Am  C   Em G   D  G
नवजात प्रभुको दर्शन गर्न नगर बियाँलो (2)

G     D   Am  C   Em  D    G
ईश्वरको वचन पूरो गर्नलाई आए प्रभु जगमा (2)
G     Am C    Em       D G
मानवको सबै दुःख बुझ्नलाई पस्रिए डुंडैमा
Em    D G          C     D G
(गोठालाहरू छक्क परे जब) देखे स्वर्गदूतलाई
D       Am  C  Em  D G
ढाडस पाई रमाइ गए खबर दिनलाई (2)

G     D    Am   C Em  D    G
तारालाई आफ्नो लक्ष बनाइ बढे ज्योतिषीगण (2)
G    Am C  Em         D  G
भेटी चढाए दर्शन पाई गराए आनन्दित मन
Em      D G      C     D  G
(पापी जनको तारणहार) मानिसको रूपमा
D        Am  C   Em  D   G
ख्याल नराखी डाँडा-काँडा बढौँ सबै प्रभुमा (2)