Here's just a sample of what I read that night:
Adam and Eve lived happily together in their beautiful new home. And everything was perfect - for a while.
Until the day when everything went wrong.
God had a horrible enemy. His name was Satan. Satan had once been the most beautiful angel, but he didn't want to be just an angel - he wanted to be God. He grew proud and evil and full of hate, and God had to send him out of heaven. Satan was seething with anger and looking for a way to hurt God. He wanted to stop God's plan, stop this love story, right there. So he disguised himself as a snake and waited in the garden.
Now, God had given Adam and Eve only one rule: "Don't eat the fruit on that tree," God told them. "Because if you do, you'll think you know everything. You'll stop trusting me. And then death and sadness and tears will come."
(You see, God knew if they ate the fruit, they would think they didn't need him. And they would try to make themselves happy without him. But God knew there was no such thing as happiness without him, and life without him wouldn't be life at all.)...
You'll have to get this fantastic book and see for yourself how God's heart breaks when his children believe the terrible lie and eat the fruit and how he sends them from the garden because he loves them too much to let them live forever in their sin hiding from him and...well, here's the end of the story...
And though they would forget him, and run from him, deep in their hearts, God's children would miss him always, and long for him - lost children yearning for their home.
Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: "It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I'm going to do battle against the snake. I'll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I'm coming back for you!"
And he would. One day, God himself would come.
This book has been endorsed and influenced by Tim Keller's teaching. It is, as Keller says, not just for kids. I am learning tons as I read through this with Zachary. The Bible I had before this one is totally moralistic and actually tells kids to be like David - implying that if you just try hard enough and be "good" then you're ok. Isn't that the exact opposite of the gospel?? I'm not ok. I can't try hard enough. Christ had to come to do what I can't - save myself. I'm so grateful to have found this book now while Zachary is young and can grow up hearing how the entire Bible is one big love story of God rescuing his children.
I encourage you to buy a copy here (or 3 to get free shipping and give 2 away!)