The Mystic Bible

Once upon a time.

There was a young woman.

A very young woman.

And her name was Mary.

And one night this Mary was visited, by an energy,

filled with light.


An angel.

And the angel said:

Do not be afraid Mary.

For there is life growing in your womb.

And your belly is going to swell like the golden moon.

And you, my darling, you are going to give birth to a baby boy. And he will be so filled with God, like all children are and even more. Filled with God from the tips of his toes to the tip of his nose.

So do not be afraid Mary.

And Mary, even though her heart beat fast, a galloping horse inside her chest, said to the angel:



Have you been looking for a powerful children’s bible from a progressive perspective?


The Mystic Bible journeys with Christ from his birth through to the Pentecost experience and invites children to explore the sacred stories from a new perspective.Using inclusive language and images the Mystic Bible will open your little one’s heart to an ancient story of LOVE.

Every once in awhile, we come across resources that are not easily available to our global readership and we feel l it necessary to support and offer them.  This kind of creative work we support helps people all along the spectrum understand our intent and theology. The Mystic Bible is perfectly balanced on the progressive spectrum, meaningful for people who are deeply connected to the stories of the Bible, mystical and poetic, and yet innovative and theologically progressive. Written for children, The Mystic Bible is also a great supplement to our children’s curriculum, A Joyful Path.

The Mystic Bible is 63 page of full color, original art and poetry and follows the story of Jesus.

View a Sample of The Mystic Bible Here


by Alexandra Sangster

Text and illustration by Alexandra Sangster. Copyright © Sophia Books 2012. First published in 2012.

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Review & Commentary

  • Sally Narr

    I wish that progressive Christians would include the Hebrew Scriptures into children’s Bibles, as well as the life of the disciples after Jesus is resurrected. While The Mystic Bible looks and seems wonderfully designed, let’s include all of the scriptures. This is not a “Bible” but a “new testament” or a book that should be entitled: “The Mystic Storybook About Jesus and His Life.”

    Still, I love this website and am excited about trying out the curriculum. Thank you!

    Sally Narr

  • Beverly Shade

    I have 2 comments. The account of the angel visiting Mary is like a fairy-tale and probably not likely to be accepted real by kids.

    Secondly: the pictures are too weird, why can’t you make them appear life-like? They’re like bad art.

    • Elizabeth Byrd

      Perhaps these representational pictures will help to make the story more open-ended while more realistic pictures might narrow it to represent “them” instead of “me too.”

    • Janice

      “…probably not likely to be accepted as real by kids.” And you think the story is real, and is currently being accepted as real by kids?
      In my experience, nothing drives young people away from Christianity, sooner or later, more than the insistence that they take the Bible stories as literal, actual fact — assuming that’s what you mean by “real.” The people who wrote them down, who first told them and passed them along, were smart enough to appreciate them as symbolic, as expressive of inner truth, our human search for meaning and how Jesus of Nazareth embodied our sense of what God is. Only in modern times do we see some Christians insisting we must take these stories as fact, as “reality.”
      A study by Boston University psychologist Dr. Kathleen Corriveau, with degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and Brown universities, published in the peer-reviewed professional journal Cognitive Science in June 2014, showed that young children with religious backgrounds have a harder time distinguishing fact from fiction in stories. Religious stories, like fairy tales, are just stories. Children, and apparently many adults, need to learn to read them for their deeper truths about human nature, including our spiritual nature.
      Most children do learn the difference — which is why churches of all denominations are struggling to stay alive. Any effort to present Christianity to children in an honest way, as a faith they do not have to outgrow and reject when they learn to distinguish fact and fiction– one that treats stories as stories and values them for their deeper meaning– is something to celebrate.

  • I should like to buy and translate the book into Catalan, our language in the Balearic Islands, but shipping costs are so high as the book. Is it possible to get it on line? Grettings from Mallorca. Guiem

  • Justin Taylor

    Does anyone know where I can get this in the UK?

    • Blissful Seeker

      Hi Justin,
      We can ship it to the UK, if you’d like.