The DFF Book Club

If you’re looking for good books that introduce Bible stories to your children, it’s hard to get excited by the forced metered rhyme found in Arch Books. However, there are good options out there, and one team that do a fantastic job are Brits Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. (How about “Inkpen” for an illustrator’s name?)

The Precious Pearl

This is a version of the parable Jesus told where a wealthy man finds a treasure and sells all he has in order to gain it. Whenever I read this story, I am reminded of Jim Elliot’s quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Nick Butterworth’s witty alliteration keeps the story interesting. (This merchant has a “fine fur coat and a favourite felt hat with a floppy feather.”) And Inkpen’s illustrations show a happy man who is even happier when he sells all he has in order to obtain the one precious pearl.

The Precious Pearl
The man is so happy to have the jewel at last, even though it cost him EVERYTHING.

The kingdom of God is like this treasure. Although it costs all you have, it’s worth more than that. And I need to be constantly reminded of it.

I have one extra copy of The Precious Pearl, which I’m happy to send to one of my blog’s readers. Simply leave a comment below requesting the book, and I’ll select a worthy recipient.