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Welcome to the Story: Reading, Loving, and Living God's Word Paperback – July 7, 2011
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“Welcome to the Story reads, well, like a story—full of many interesting and important characters. The reader will find intrigue and mystery, striking beauty and hideous ugliness, noble and courageous heroes along with wicked and contemptible villains, all depicting the richness and sweeping breadth of this story. Along the way, one encounters many testimonials from others who likewise have been involved in this story, and the reader is invited to consider how he or she also should enter this story. In the end, Nichols shows how this story is the Story of all stories, since its central character is none other than the King who is over all kings, the Creator and Author of the story in which He plays the leading part. I encourage you to read this story, enter the story, and join in making this Story—the Story above all stories—your story.”
—Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Nichols has written a delightful and inviting book on how to understand and live out the Bible. The storyline of the Scriptures is sketched in, and the book is full of wise advice on how to read and live out what God requires. I recommend the book with enthusiasm.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is an editor of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and also hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is nothing new nor profound in what Stephen writes, but he does bring it in a very refreshing way as he walks us through the totality of scripture and describes the best way to understand the Bible. He starts by pointing out that any good book has a beginning, a middle and an ending, as well as a consistent plot line. Well then he points out that the Holy Bible is consistent with that concept. It falls under the outline of A. Creation, B. The Fall, C. Redemption and D. Restoration.
Nichols points out that the Bible begins with Creation. God created a perfect environment for man to live in and to have fellowship with him. But very quickly after the creation we have The Fall of man into sin. That happens just three chapters into the book, literally just a couple of pages into the story. The Fall is the problem that occurs and the rest of the Bible is the story to tell us how God is going to redeem for Himself a people whom He can call his own and then provide them with the restoration of the sweet fellowship He desires with them.
On page 44 Nichols gives us a definition of 'sin' that helps us to see what the problem of the story is and what has occurred that causes the story to have to take a certain path. Nichols goes on to point out on page 46, that "we live in a culture that seems rather content to ignore our true condition.Read more ›
"Our personal story is actually a distortion of reality and a desire for significance. God's story is reality, and significance can be ours with even a walk-on bit part, because pleasing and glorifying the Creator is the most significant experience offered to created beings." Clem, Disciple, 15)
It's not only our personal stories that can be distortions of reality. Our reading and understanding of Scripture can suffer from the same distortion. Yes, God's story is about us. It is about our creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. but that is our part in the story. More than our story the Bible is the story of God and we play bit-part's in it.
Stephen J. Nichols has written Welcome to the Story with the hopes of inviting readers to "enter in, to participate in, the story of the Bible". Nichols traces the Bible's plotline of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration, then he starts teaching a street-level hermeneutics course.
That's really what this book is: a street-level hermeneutics course. I have been looking for this book for quite some time. I love Goldsworthy's books outlining God's story.Read more ›
One of the things that I appreciated about the author is the use of quotes at the beginning of the chapters and throughout. A sampling of the quotes are below...
- "We are torn out of our own existance and set down in the midst of the holy history of God on earth", (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
- "Christianity means community", (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
- "Only in the Holy Scripture do we learn to know our own history", (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
- "You have made us for Yourself and we are restless until we find our rest in you", (St. Augustine).
- "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word
darkness on the walls of his cell", (C.S. Lewis).
Now let's get to the meat of the book that you are interested in!
As the author says, "The story of the Bible is not only the greatest story and not only the truest story. It is also the only story that makes sense of our lives. To put it another way, the Bible has existential significance. The Bible gives meaning to all our lives and every inch of our lives. It alone make sense of what happens to us. The Bible alone makes sense of all the confounding and confusing things we experience."
Then the Bible is broke into a few sections for the reader to consider. Its story line is...
The author spends the rest of the book expounding upon the storyline above.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very engaging piece of literature that was used for one of my recent classes at Lancaster Bible Study and I found it to be informative, accurate where scripture is... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's is a Great book! Very helpful and easy to read.
It is good for new believers, and Sunday school teachers.
Yes, I'm going to say again how essential I think understanding the "big picture" of the Bible is. It's not a collection of disconnected stories and writings that each give us an... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by K. L. Haschke
Reading the Bible can be a tricky thing if you don't always know what you're looking for. In Welcome to the Story, Stephen J. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Aaron Armstrong
Welcome to The Story is actually a great little tool for all! I am a lover of Bible study at 30 years old and found this book to very helpful. Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by H. Twitchell
Two years ago, I read Stephen Nichols book, Pages from Church History. I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Anne from Baltimore
Stephen J. Nichols has written a top notch book that teaches one how to read the story of the Bible, how to understand the story of the Bible and how to enter the story of the... Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Christopher R. Horton
Stephen Nichols has produces a highly readable Bible Overview book that does more than simply overview, it synthesizes the story of Scripture so that understanding is assisted. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by DR-J-J
For some people the Bible is a daunting book. It should be. It's long, it's written by dozens of people who've been dead for thousands of years, and it's a really weird story. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by P. Hamm