Hutchmoot 2011 Special Guest: Sally Lloyd-Jones

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“The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whisipers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.

And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day – but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning . . .”

So begins The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. You may remember that passage if you’ve been to one of the Behold the Lamb of God concerts. Andrew reads it at the opening of the show and it sets the stage perfectly for the musical story to follow.

When we sat down to discuss who we wanted for a guest speaker at this year’s Hutchmoot, Sally Lloyd-Jones was one of the first names to come up. Her melding of story, art, and the coming of Christ is a central theme in the Rabbit Room and something we hope will be the subject of much lively conversation this September. So earlier this year, we extended our invitation to Sally, and now we’re delighted to be able to announce that she’s accepted.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East and West Africa, and at a boarding school in the New Forest (Manor House), the first book Sally ever remembers reading all the way through was The Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear, and she says “Things have never been the same since.”

She was educated at Sherborne, went to Sussex University and Paris Sorbonne IV (where she studied Art History), and worked in children’s book publishing for several years (Oxford University Press in Oxford, Octopus Books in London, Joshua Morris in CT, and Reader’s Digest) before leaving in 2000 to write full-time.

She’s written many books for children including the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller How To Be A Baby: By Me, The Big Sister (a hilarious “manual” on the behavior of babies by the elder sibling), one of only six children’s titles selected by The New York Times as Notable for 2007.

She’s a world-renowned writer with a unique understanding of the power and beauty of storytelling, and we couldn’t be more excited to be hosting her as our keynote speaker at Hutchmoot 2011.

Be sure to visit the Hutchmoot website to check out the suggested reading list. We’ve added The Jesus Storybook Bible and a few other topical reads. Look for more to be added as sessions and speakers are announced.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


24 Comments

  1. Tim Bourne

    How cool! I love reading the JSB to my children. Somehow I feel it’s even more for me than my children. Man, I hope the you guys get the waiting list for the “Moot. I still can’t believe how fast it sold out (bad for me, but great for you guys!).

  2. Tony Heringer

    Excellent! This should be another fine key note for the ‘moot. Thanks again for pulling this together Pete. These gatherings produce much fruit not only at the retreat but beyond it for years to come.

  3. Shauna

    Yay! I’m so excited to meet/hear her. I didn’t know she was born in Kampala. I’ve been there! Uganda is beautiful. And so is Paris.

    Wish I didn’t have to wait until September.

  4. Laura Peterson

    Excited!!! I need to pay a visit to the library tonight, so hopefully I’ll be coming home with some new finds. 🙂

  5. Christina

    Really, how CAN your torture us all who are barred from attending? (dramatic swoon) Ok ok …now you HAVE to record these sessions. Come on, half of you guys have iPhones, right?

  6. david

    so really, you’re just rubbing this in for all of us who waited a whole hour to try to register for the hutchmoot…right?

  7. dawngreen

    So excited. The JSBible is my standard “new baby” gift and I regularly read from it to my adult Sunday School class. Looking forward to HM11.

  8. carrie luke

    oh wow. The JSB never ceases in moving me to beautiful tears.
    Here’s to upping my hope in the wait list.

  9. kim

    What a great pick! The Jesus Storybook Bible is at the very tippy top of my wish list for our baby due this summer (the reason I won’t be attending Hutchmoot). In fact, I’d rather someone give our baby this book than anything else on our registry. Except perhaps diapers. Diapers are mission critical.

  10. robyn blaikie collins

    ah. the great storyteller of the best story. brilliant choice. if only…
    i know it will be wonderful for all involved and i will attempt to quell my jealousy that i can’t attend by avoiding twitter on the day of said conference…

  11. Hutchmoot 2011 « Hot Dogs and Marmalade

    […] when I was feeling totally out of my league (yesterday), they announced the special guest speaker for it,  Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook … Another Sally!  And one who writes children’s books!  I’m now excited once again.  […]

  12. Tom Murphy

    Well done Pete! Are any of the talks from Hutchmoot going to be podcast at all?

    Would love to hear what she has to say in terms of the thematic threads she pulls from the text. Would love to pass this along to my cohorts at Redeemer Seminary. My Hermeneutics professor would eat this up…We were just talking about the JSBB in class the other day. Love it!

  13. Maria Malaveci

    I love the Jesus Storybook Bible, but have yet to purchase it. Right now I am in a contest on FB to win a copy. I would love to give it to my kids for Easter. All you have to do is like Bethany Christian Services on FB, and like my coloring picture that I have submitted. All your help is appreciated!

    My name is Maria M.!

    God bless.

  14. Loren

    Sigh! I’ll have to join the tortured masses wishing even more that they could go to Hutchmoot! I would love to hear Sally in person and tell her about the impact The Jesus Storybook Bible had on our family. God used it powerfully to prepare us for a great grief by reinforcing the truth that Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare our forever home for us, and when it’s ready he’ll come get us. It was a tangible truth our littlest children could grasp and one that has comforted my husband and me as well.

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