The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments

Marty Machowski
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The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments Picture Books
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments Picture Books
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments Picture Books
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments Picture Books
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Best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski’s beautifully illustrated storybook captivates young readers with the heart of the gospel. In this easy-to-read children’s book, families are invited to see Jesus clearly in the people, places, and events of the Old and New Testaments.

The Gospel Story Bible points to Jesus, helping families and kids identify Christ as the hero of every story. While it’s easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles, and conflicting priorities, Machowski reminds families of God’s plan of salvation in Christ, which is continually on display throughout the Bible.

This gospel-driven resource orients the minds of children toward the wondrous works of God, encouraging them to see Jesus in a larger context of redemptive history. As a treasure for both parents and young children, The Gospel Story Bible traces the gospel through the Bible with clarity and traction for all ages.

As you share these engaging Bible stories together, you and your family will meet Jesus and learn a new, life-changing way of growing in intimacy with him. Vibrant illustrations, child-friendly discussion questions, and Scripture references accompany each narrative to help you lead in effective family Bible study.

You will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story he or she has already come to love. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one.

The Gospel Story Bible is a companion resource to the Gospel Story Curriculum, Long Story ShortOld Story New, the Old Testament Gospel Story for Kids Coloring Book, and the New Testament Gospel Story for Kids Coloring Book. Each bible story corresponds to a lesson in the Gospel Story Curriculum, a coloring page in the coloring books, and a week of devotions in Long Story Short and Old Story New.


Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of  The Gospel Story BibleLong Story ShortOld Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, and The Ology. He and his wife Lois have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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"I could speak at length about how much I recommend Marty Machowski's books to churches—and indeed I do, along with books from a long list of other authors. But Marty's resources for families and children also appear on a far shorter list that places them in a more significant category for me—they are books that I actually use in my home. Again, Marty has provided us with a God-centered, Scripture-grounded, gospel-driven resource that orients the minds of children toward the wondrous works of God."
Timothy Paul Jones, PhD, Associate Professor of Family Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; editor of The Journal of Family Ministry

"Marty Machowski gets the gospel and knows how to transfer it to kids in a way that delights the soul and engages the mind. The Gospel Story Bible is a treasure for parents of young children. But it's not just for children, Marty traces the gospel through the Bible with crystal clarity and traction for all ages. Few pastors I know are this skilled in making the glories of Scripture so accessible in narrative form. It's a must-buy."
Dave Harvey, DMin, author of When Sinners Say "I Do" and Rescuing Ambition

"Machowksi does a great job of keeping the essential details of the stories intact while keeping the language accessible. This is no easy feat. Many storybook Bibles tend to be a bit too complicated or a tad too over-simplified. Machowski strikes the right balance between accuracy and age-appropriate comprehension, and for this I’m grateful. This is perhaps most noticeable when touching on a serious topic like God’s wrath and judgment. This is something you don’t see in a lot of storybook Bibles, even pretty decent ones like The Jesus Storybook Bible. Machowski doesn’t shy away from the hard truths of Scripture, but there are no scare tactics. He speaks plainly and appropriately, always returning to the hope found in the gospel. Perhaps the greatest feature of this storybook Bible is its versatility. It can be used for bedtime stories for the little ones, dinnertime discussion with the older kids, and as a basic primer for the parents in telling the story of Jesus in a way that kids will understand. Of all the storybook Bibles we have, I’d say The Gospel Story Bible is the best. The stories are concise and faithful to the Scriptures, the artwork is engaging, and the discussion questions are extremely helpful. I’d encourage any parent to get a copy of this book to share with their children."
Aaron Armstrong, Author, blogger at

"If you want your children to grow up loving the Bible, then introduce them to The Gospel Story Bible. Here you have a simple, readable, understandable, and engaging account of 156 of the most powerful stories in the Bible. Every story is of manageable size, and even the most energetic child will be able to remain attentive for an entire story. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised that your children will want to hear more than one story. The most important feature of the book is that Pastor Machowski sees the gospel in every story! Listen to how his book opens: "God's gospel story starts at the very beginning!" I assure you that it doesn't end there. The gospel permeates every chapter of this book. I highly recommend it."
Nancy E. Ganz, Author of Herein Is Love: A Commentary Series for Children

"Reaching the generations with the gospel requires an enormous amount of parental wisdom and intentionality. Marty Machowski has provided a great tool to aid parents in their primary task of discipling their children. Not only that but The Gospel Story Bible presents the grand story line of Christ in all of Scripture. Every parent should have a copy."
Randy Stinson, Dean, School of Church Ministries, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Former President, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

"With hints of Marc Chagall, Marty provides more than the requisite 1,000 words with his depictions of biblical stories. The accompanying questions provide a great starting point for discussion with children of all ages, while the illustrations evoke even more stimulating thoughts for reflecting on the story of God's people. See the story again for the first time!"
Dr. Phil Schroeder, Church Consultant - Associate Director of Connectional Ministries, North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church

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64 Reviews

  • 1
    I do not like the illustrations

    Posted by Naomi on 09 20 2017

    I do not like the illustrations at all. It doesn't even keep my attention much less my daughters. I wish I would've returned it

  • 5
    ne of the best Gospel Centered Children's Bible

    Posted by Jim on 07 17 2017

    Several people have told me they thought this was one of the best Bible story book for kids. There are many ChildrenÕs Bible and ChildrenÕs Bible story books out there so I was skeptical when I first heard it until I discovered that the author told Old and New Testament stories in such a way as to point the readers back to Jesus and the Gospel. I thought that was what made this book unique among childrenÕs book out there.

  • 5
    More Advanced than the Jesus Storybook Bible

    Posted by Mandi on 06 05 2017

    Good, a little more advanced than Jesus Storybook Bible ...with the same idea of pointing to Jesus at the end of every story. It also has many more bible stories than Jesus Storybook Bible.

  • 5

    Posted by Lisa on 05 23 2017

    The artwork is spectacular. My oldest 20something daughter is reading this with my elementary aged daughter as we continue to grow her in Christ. The pages of this book NEVER disappoint, the stories keep her attention, and truly teach The Bible in a way that is easy to comprehend for the younger child!

  • 4
    Good Book!

    Posted by E. Bird on 01 27 2017

    Good book. Not quite as good as the Jesus Storybook Bilbe, but definitely shows Jesus/the gospel in the stories of the Scripture, which I appreciate. The accompanying Sunday School curriculum is not as good as this "Bible", nor as good as many reviewers on the web claimed it to be. So I recommend this "Bible" but not the Sunday School curriculum (unless you want to do a lot of work yourself).

  • 5
    Blown Away!

    Posted by Coram Deo on 12 16 2016

    This is by far our favorite devotional bible to read to our kids. Great in theology, christology, and biblical theology

  • 5
    One of my Favorites!

    Posted by Jaclynn W on 12 12 2016

    We have read a few story Bibles to the kids, and this is one of my favourites. There are 156 stories in total, and includes all the major stories of the Bible. This is what I love about this book: 1. Illustrations (done by A.E. Macha)--I am used to seeing cutesy, cartoony illustrations of various kinds in the story Bibles that I have read to my kids. These are fine and I like them. However, the illustrations in this book are more like art than cartoons. There is an illustration for each story, and my kids love looking at the pictures. They are colourful, but not your typical children's bible story illustrations--which I find as a positive. 2. "Let's Talk About It!" After each story, you will find this section, which usually includes three questions. Two of them are general questions about the story, but I find the third usually gets them thinking. For instance, after Story 9--God Makes a Covenant with Abram, these are the three questions. "1. How many stars can you count? 2. What did God promise Abram? 3. How are you and I like the stars in the sky?" This really created some good discussion on the part of my husband and kids. It really helps bring the discussion around the main part of the story--Jesus. Which brings me to my third favourite thing about this book. 3. The Gospel--Just as the title suggests, Machowski brings the Gospel to light in every story. For instance, in this same story--Story 9--Machowski says this, "If we believe that Jesus died for our sins and that God raised Jesus from the dead, our faith will be counted to us as righteousness just like Abram's was." He brings and ties the Gospel in to every story, which is very important for us as we want to teach our children the complete truth of God's word, and how the Gospel is connected to the entirety of Scriptures. This is very good, and I find has really helped aid the discussion. 4. It's a jumping off point. What I like is that these stories are short yet concise. They give us a jumping off point in discussing with our kids the truth of God's Word. We have young elementary aged children, and these stories allow us to centre the discussions we have with them on what is important...the Gospel. And he also includes where in the Bible he is getting these stories, so you can always go to the Scriptures as well and read the Chapter(s)/part of the Chapter(s) if that is what you wish. Again, I would recommend this for sure. I'm thankful that we purchased this, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a devotional to read to their children.

  • 5
    A fantastic story Bible for children

    Posted by Cherish Harr on 10 22 2016

    A fantastic story Bible for children. I love the way it incorporates Jesus right from the beginning. Speaking the gospel of His love and Sacrifice for our sins .

  • 4
    Aimed at younger kids

    Posted by Kim Endraske on 09 12 2016

    Excellent, but a little too simple for my children.

  • 5
    Love the Questions at the End of Each Story

    Posted by Ty on 08 16 2016

    my daughter loves this book. i love that there are questions at the end of each story.

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