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Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the Bible's Central Story (Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective) Paperback – June 2, 2008
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"In reading this book I have gained an even deeper understanding of an appreciation for the biblical perspectives of salvation. It is as if blinders have been removed from around my eyes, and now I can see what God has done through Jesus Christ for me in lights of what He is doing in all of creation. I heartily recommend this book." (Jason Button, TheoSource.com, August 28, 2008)
"Good grief, this is a good book." (Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed blog)
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Christopher Wright's book SBTOG does a wonderful job of explaining this story - what the purpose is, who the characters are, and why it's meaningful to us today. There are a handful of other similar books out there (The Drama of Scripture, Far As the Curse is Found) that are also good. SBTOG takes a more thematic approach to the story, whereas TDOS and FASTCIF walk step by step through the events of the story. All of these books are good, though I would rank them, from highest to lowest, as SBTOG, TDOS, and then FASTCIF.
SBTOG is more of an entry-level overview of the Bible story, and it would make an excellent read for someone who wants a better idea of how the Bible as a whole has meaning and should impact our lives. Nevertheless, it can also serve as a reminder to even the seasoned theologians, who spend a lot of time on the little details, that there is an overarching story and plan of God's within which we play our part. I highly recommend this book.
Here's a wonderful summary of book's main point, from the book itself:
"Salvation in the Bible, because it is embodied in these historical covenants, is not merely a set of doctrines to be learned. Salvation is not just a subjective personal experience to be enjoyed by myself. Salvation is not some mythical future state of paradise that I long to arrive at by whatever religious methods I think will achieve it. Salvation is fundamentally a story - The Story. Salvation is constituted within the all-encompassing biblical meta-narrative that forms the biblical worldview.... The gospel is not somebody's theory. It is not somebody's good idea. The gospel is the good news about what the biblical God has done, is doing, and will finally do, within the history of the world." (pg 96)