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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830745823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830745821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You probably know a few Bible stories——Adam and Eve entertaining a serpent in the Garden of Eden, the Israelites crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, Jonah camping out in the belly of the whale, David surprising Goliath with something that had never entered his head before——but do you know how each of these stories fits into the Big Story uncovered in the pages of God’s Word? Whether you’ve been reading the Bible all your life or don’t even know where to start, The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible will help you connect the stories that may be familiar——Noah’s floating zoo and thousands of people being fed from a single sack lunch——with the Biggest Story of all: reconciliation of broken and sinful mankind with a holy God. Through the course of a year, Ken and John will guide you through 52 of the Bible’s most famous stories and reveal how each one is critical to a full understanding of Christian beliefs, values and practices. The Bible holds the answers to life’s most pressing questions— questions about truth and lies, life and death, beginnings and endings. This book is a place where God’s Story comes to life!

About the Author

KEN BOA is engaged in a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing and speaking. Dr. Boa's recent publications include Conformed to His Image. He is the contributing editor to The Open Bible and The Leadership Bible, and is the consulting editor of the Zondervan NASB Study Bible.
JOHN TURNER  has studied Theology, Psychology and Philosophy, earning an undergraduate degree from Pacific Christian College and a Th.M. from Bear Valley Bible Institute. Having served churches in California, Maryland and Texas, Mr. Turner is now the President of Faith 2.0 Ministries.

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John Alan Turner and Ken Boa have provided a unique, enjoyable daily reader.
Crestviewer
Each day we read a portion or all of the biblical text that contains the story for the week.
John Mark Hicks
I'm halfway through and hope the author releases another book by the time I finish!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible is a devotional study that will teach us that the twists and turns and bends in life are not random. Nothing happens to us pointlessly. God will use each and every circumstance to shape us and form us into the kind of image we were designed to be.

The authors started in the Old Testament, and had a hard time determining which stories to include in this book. After some discussion they decided on the fifty-two stories included. John Alan Turner wrote the devotions for Monday through Thursday and Kenneth Boa wrote the devotional for Friday. They are divided up as such:

Monday - a conversational retelling of the story, including historical context
Tuesday - a discussion of the orthodoxy of the story and how it shapes our beliefs
Wednesday - a study of how it shapes our values
Thursday - exploration of how it should shape our actions
Friday - the conclusion of the study that will guide you through a prayerful response

The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible was a true pleasure to use as a devotional. I enjoyed delving into the stories at the depth that was included in this book. My pastor husband was very excited to see this book and he wanted to go through it as soon as I finished it.

If you are looking for an in-depth Bible study devotional, then the 396-page The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible is definitely a book to consider.

Armchair Interviews says: It is highly recommended. Don't miss this book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dabbs on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner offer a very distinct and useful approach to a daily devotional. Selecting one major narrative of the Bible each week they explore the story itself and how it impacts our life and and faith in different ways each day of the week. The tone is conversational, the stories are retold in an engaging way and the application is excellent. It is rare to find this many biblical narratives examined with this quality in as few pages as Boa and Turner manage.

This is a unique approach to devotional reading through the year and I would highly suggest picking up a copy. It would also be a good book to recommend to people looking for a daily devotional.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sublett on May 12, 2010
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OK, so this isn't a ground breaking theological wonder. But to be honest, how many of us even want to read ground breaking theology? I know I don't & the folks in my church don't. This is a FIRST CLASS resource for youth or adults who want a GREAT Bible study. Factually on the mark, entertaining and best of all soooooooooooooooooo practical. If you want to understand the Bible better, this is your book. If you want to live a better life, more like God wants, this is your book. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this book. In our adult Sunday School class it has been a real hit with our new converts AND our well seasoned believers. That's hard to do. Check it out. God bless. Mike
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Mark Hicks on August 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is divided into Monday through Friday readings. Each week is devoted to a different biblical story (e.g., creation in Genesis 1-2 for the first week). Monday retells the narrative, Tuesday summarizes theology (Orthodoxy), Wednesday guides our affections/emotions (Orthopathy), Thursday guides our actions (Orthodpraxy), and Friday suggests four prayers related to each of the previous four days. My wife and I utilize the book like this: we read a section of the biblical text containing the story, then we read the appropriate section for the day, and then pray the prayer tied to that section. Each day we read a portion or all of the biblical text that contains the story for the week. So, we use the book Monday-Thursday. We use other resources for Friday-Sunday.

The daily readings are brief (a page or two) which is managable for a daily meditation in conjunction with reading the Biblical text. They are well-written, thoughtful, and generate discussion. The theology is basic (which is good) and stated in a way that offers a helpful perspective in an interesting way. Sometimes the theological language may assume some background but it is generally explained in a way that most anyone can grasp. My wife and l look forward to working through these readings in conjunction with reading the Biblical text. It is basic, refreshing, and thought-provoking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crestviewer VINE VOICE on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
John Alan Turner and Ken Boa have provided a unique, enjoyable daily reader. Though their work focuses on the "greatest" (and - thus - most familiar) stories of the Bible, they provide a refreshing perspective (in a cool weekly format) on each one.

The summaries of the stories (Monday) are interesting and fun re-tellings, the observations of the following days (orthodoxy/beliefs on Tuesday; orthoprathy/values on Wednesday; and orthopraxy/actions on Thursday) are insightful and helpful, and the prayers on Friday are both worshipful as well as excellent summaries of the week's lessons and observations. It's an excellent, effective combination that I've found to be helpful and challenging.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Lee Williamson on February 5, 2010
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This book is well written, witty, and very insightful; and, you don't have to have a theology degree to understand it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dee Andrews on August 25, 2008
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Those of us who are Christians have learned stories from the Bible from the time we were little children, if we were lucky. John Alan Turner and Ken Boa take our favorite Bible stories and many more to a deeper level.

This weekly devotional study guide will fill our year with cogent, insightful and concise portraits of God's people and of His son from both the Old and New Testament. We will not only read one of those 52 important stories each week, but also be led to make applications of them to our own lives, wherever we are in our own journey through life.

I, myself, have been a baptized believer for more than 50 years, yet found new and previously unexplored corners of my life and world in the stories of this book within which to grow.

I highly recommend it to all who are searching for Biblical answers to some of the sticky problems of this world and to those who which to enrich their lives further.
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