This is No Fairy Tale
Your favorite fairy tales are just stories, and they're just for fun. This book tells the greatest story ever told--the story of Jesus, God's Son. And it's a true story--Jesus really came to live with us, to die for us,...
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Your favorite fairy tales are just stories, and they're just for fun. This book tells the greatest story ever told--the story of Jesus, God's Son. And it's a true story--Jesus really came to live with us, to die for us, and to come back to life, showing us how much God loves his children. And the best part of this story is: you're invited to be part of it! ^^
^Tells children the greatest true story ever told and invites them to be a part of it. ^Some people say the story of Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection is too good to be true. They dismiss it as a fairy tale. But if Christianity were a fairy tale, wouldn't Jesus have been a great earthly king, rich in wealth and power, the leader of a vast army, who lived a long life and died a glorious death? ^This Is No Fairy Tale points out the dramatic contrasts between fairy tales and the truth about Jesus: he was poor and humble, spent his time with common people, and suffered a terrible death as a young man. But this story has a happy ending, and readers are invited to be a part of it. This richly illustrated book is now being re-issued with a new jacket.
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
Corbert Gauthier lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Susan, and their three children. An illustrator since his graduation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1983, he has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print Design Annual, and Communication Arts.
A former Jehovah's Witness, Dale Tolmasoff is currently training for pastoral ministry. He received a B.A. from Wheaton College, followed by apprenticeship training with pastor/author John Piper at the Bethlehem Institute. He is pursuing the M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.