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The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version) Hardcover – April 23, 2011
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I never get tired of reading about Boaz and Ruth, David and Bathsheba and Daniel in the Lion's Den. This book also focuses on the life of Paul from the New Testament. The Gospels are also condensed into six chapters with the story flowing beautifully and no repeats. So you read about Jesus' life in a logical progression.
Because this reads like a novel it brings the biblical stories to life in a new and interesting way. There are however many omissions that had to be made in order to keep to a manageable book size. You won't find chapters on Jewish law or very many references to chronology. Revelation seems to have been shortened and many books of the Old Testament are not included like Psalms and Proverbs.
If you have read the entire Bible this will become apparent to you. So I'd suggest reading this book as it will give you new perspectives. I would not in any way suggest that you read this instead of reading the entire Bible because you will miss out on some important sections that might be very meaningful to you. This book will take you maybe a week to finish and will give you an overview of how much God loves the human race and what he has done to ensure that anyone who decides to believe in Jesus can have eternal life.
~The Rebecca Review
"The Story reveals the unfolding, grand narrative of the Scriptures. Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV, this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems, and teachings to come together in a single, compelling read."
I am relentlessly convinced that too many Christians are missing the big picture of the overall drama of human fall and salvation, how the Bible spiritual story fits into an integral narrative. As kids we heard tales of Noah and his ark, Jonah and the whale, as youngsters sat through Sunday School, and in adulthood we listened to sermons about salvation history, and the time of fullfillment. Those who continue to carry their daily devotions, may start relating to the biblical message assembling the puzzle pieces.
It astonishes me that as many others of my Christian and Jewish friends alike, who grew up in religious families, may have never got an overall grasp of what the Old Testament, or the New Testament messages are? How they integrate in a vivid story of God's love for his creation that the Bible continues to tell, much less, how to react with it, as a good Samaritan. In modern terms, of Jim Davies words, "To see the Bible with fresh depth through the 3D glasses of drama, doctrine, and directions?" So, after some weeks of study, they may come away with the ten Laws of the Decalogue, or sections of Old Testament history, or few gospel or epistle verses, and even pieces of Apocrepha. But do they fit together, and how would they integrate the verses, books, and the testaments together to clear the puzzle: The book of Old and New?
Reading the Bible is one thing, understanding it is another, but living it is eternal life, here, and now.Read more ›
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Scholars re-write the Bible in story form rather than the usual list of books in the Bible divided into chapters and verses. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Brenda Jean Myers
The Story is arranged in chronological order so it reads easily as any book you may pick up. Oak Hills Church in San Antonio will be doing a 30 week series in the fall 2016 which... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Swiss Miss
If you are like me, and find it hard to get through the Bible. This book will help you understand and learn to love the Book of God even more. I'm going to get the next one.Published 15 days ago by Terri Hash
The short narratives help the reader gain much important context to the passages. There are good follow-up questions for each chapter and this could easily be used as a group study... Read morePublished 20 days ago by L J Fennell
I am always in favor of spreading the Word. I just dont think it should be chopped up so much. Not a fan of the NIV or Zondervan either.Published 22 days ago by RealDeal