If You Cannot Find a Suitable One, Write it Yourself
by Rev. David T. Myers
Catherine Vos was the wife of the famous Princeton Seminary professor of Biblical theology, Geerhardus Vos, and an author in her own right. Her daughter once said that the sentiment reflected in our title above summed up what her mother experienced as she sought to train up her children in the truths of the Bible. She had gone though bookstore after bookstore looking for a book which would present the excitement and warmth of the stories found in the Bible. When she came up empty, she made it a life-long project to write one herself. And did she ever? The Child’s Story Bible originally was published in three volumes but has more recently been released as a one volume edition, as revised by her daughter. No matter which one you purchase, this study has stood the test of time, in that it has been close to seventy years plus since it was first written.
Catherine Francis Smith married Geerhardus Vos in 1894 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, just two years after he had become the first professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. They were married for 43 years and produced a family of three sons and one daughter. One of the sons was J.G. Vos who studied at his father’s alma mater, Princeton Seminary, and became a Reformed Presbyterian minister.
The Child’s Story Bible is different from many children study Bibles in that it goes far beyond just treating a few of the major characters in the Bible. Catherine Vos’s book treats 110 stories from the Old Testament and 92 stories from the New Testament. In every way, children are pointed to the gospel and the Redeemer of the gospel.
Catherine Vos would pass into glory on September 14, 1937, and was buried near the Vos summer home in Roaring Branch, Pennsylvania. Her husband Geerhardus would join her in that small cemetery near the summer home twelve years later.
Words to live by: If the readers of this devotional guide are parents of young children, there is no better means to “train up your children in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6) than by a daily reading of the Bible. And for young children around the age of four and five years of age, and upward, the Child’s Story Bible an invaluable tool for that purpose. The book employs the King James Version, and there are some pictures of Jesus which some readers might find objectionable. But overall, this writer recommends it highly.