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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another beautifully written book by Max Lucado. Putting the entire Bible into a "story" format is genius.Published 32 minutes ago by AudraSue15
I have tried many times to read the Bible start to finish, always getting distracted along the way. The Story was recommended to me by a friend. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amanda Hill
Want to give a copy to believers with questions about The Lord Jesus, the Work of The Holy Spirit of God and Creator God's plan from the beginning of time to the end of time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by pegrobertson
I enjoyed reading all the history of Good throughout the beginning until now. I am a believer and it was great to be reinforced by the facts of time. Good read for all.Published 8 days ago by Adriana TrigianiAdd
so much easier to read in this format vs the bible itself. It covers it all tho.Published 12 days ago by JOSHA'S POP