Book Review: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross

Too often when children are taught Bible stories, two problems arise. The first issue is children are taught the Bible apart from the greater context, namely the narrative of redemption in both the Old and New Testament. Secondly, these Bible stories fail to point to the need for salvation in Christ alone, rather calling for a morality of “do this but don’t do that” and “be like him but not the other guy”. That is why I am grateful for The Good Book company and why I am excited to share with you Carl Laferton’s The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross. Laferton succinctly shows how the stories of Scripture are weaved together and ultimately find their fulfillment in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross is essential a biblical theology book for children. Parents g_c2may very well learn from this simple book. Carl Laferton is faithful to the narrative of redemption, revealing God as the holy Creator. Not falling into the trap of morality minus the cross, Laferton points to how sin is what separates us from God and sin is first and foremost against God. Instead of saying to just do better, he points to how the Bible tells us we cannot save ourselves and the truth is Christ is the answer and the only answer. In The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross, fellowship with God, the fall of man, and the forgiveness of God are all highlighted.

To the point, The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross by Carl Laferton is an essential storybook for every Christian parent with young children. If you are a parent and have children from 3-6 years old, then this Bible storybook is a must-buy for you. This does not mention the attention-capturing illustrations by Catalina Echeverri. Simply put, I wholeheartedly recommend you buy this book!

I received this book for free from The Good Book Company (http://www.thegoodbook.com) via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.

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