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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 Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
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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This particular book is especially good. It offers a overview of the narrative arc of God's Word, with an emphasis toward major themes. Specifically, Welcome to the Story chronicles the overarching themes of Scripture as it goes along: creation, fall, remption, and restoration. Then the author talks about what this story teaches us about who God is and who we are. Finally, the author delves deeper in how understanding Scripture this way can form our spirits and change our lives.
What I especially like about this book is that it understands Scripture as GOD'S story. The Bible is designed for GOD to speak to us, for us to understand who GOD is, for us to see what GOD is doing in the world, and then for us to decide if we want to be a part of the big thing GOD is doing in the world.
This is a good resource to have on my shelf, and then to share with those who are asking, "What is the Bible all about?"
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." What does he mean by that? He means that we have fallen into sin and that we love to wallow in it and not really work very hard to correct our life's course and return to the fellowship with God that God intended at the Beginning of Creation. He further explains on page 64 that, "Americans have a problem, they read the Bible through the lens of their culture -- not as the Lord intended!" He then goes on to explain how best to read the word to help gain a firm understanding of what God is doing in His Story.
To help with that several of the chapters have a list of "Questions to ask" while reading the different styles of writing in the Bible. These questions are really good and will help anyone wanting to understand their Bible better how to ask good questions, do good research and understand the flow of the story through the Bible.
I think my favorite chapter in the book is Chapter Six, The Story within the Story. The reason is that in this chapter Nichols points out about finding ourselves in the lives of the different Characters who are written about in the Bible. He uses Peter, Paul and Mary (the mother of Jesus) as examples of characters who are human just like us and faced many of the same issues that we faced in life but yet God spoke to them and used them in a mighty way. This was a great chapter for helping to think through how to read about the different characters and using their life circumstances to help us better grapple with our life circumstances.
This is a very quick, short read, but will give you many profound ideas on how to read and understand God's Word.
His book and approach are not unique. However, this is an good choice for an audience that needs a gentle, conversational approach to get them started.
This little book by Stephen Nichols is a welcome answer. In plain language, Nichols explains the different aspects of the "grand Story" and fits the smaller stories in with them. It's not a replacement for reading the Bible, but it's an excellent help to interpreting and understanding why writers wrote the way they did, using the words and images they did, and why it's still useful for us today.