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And so I was more struck by what was left out than what was kept. Gone are the begats. Also gone are almost all calls for God's people to take care of one another. No call in the Law to be mindful of widows, orphans, and strangers in the land. No prophetic denunciation of oppression of the weak by the powerful or of the poor by the rich.

No call from Jesus to love one another though most of John 13 is included or to love our enemies most of the ethical content of the Sermon on the Mount is cut. One would never guess from "The Story" that the prophets denounced anything other than idolatry or that anyone but Paul wrote letters to early Christians. One wouldn't see the chaos that made the Israelite tribes long for a king. Of course some people would celebrate the cuts. Some would commend the near absence of calls for social justice. Others might applaud the removal of the book of James with its insistence that faith must be lived out in righteous action also cut is the call to bear fruit in John Still the pattern is disturbing.

And it makes "The Story" seem like a betrayal of The Bible. There was a lot of Bible in this relatively short book! I have never read a book about the Bible like this meaning reads like a story. This was a good big-picture type read of the Bible. I learned a lot and feel when I go back and study parts of the Bible it will make more sense since I have read a broad version. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to know the story of Christ in a compact easy read. Oct 02, David Jones rated it did not like it.

Just read the Bible. That way you won't get things left out. Jun 25, Michael Powe rated it liked it. This book is a useful tool for study of the Bible. It is not , despite the cover, "selections from the New International Version. It's useful because it allows the student to follow the narrative lines of the Bible.

Most of the historical annotations inserted by the original Biblical authors are stripped out. The book fails, in my opinion, in two important respects. First, it does not include annotations that parallel its te This book is a useful tool for study of the Bible. First, it does not include annotations that parallel its text with the originals. Readers cannot go back to the original Bible and see for themselves what the original stories looked like. Second, it sometimes blurs together accounts that are quite distinct in the original. For example, it runs together chapters one and two of Genesis as though they combine for a single story.

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In fact, they're two distinct stories of the creation. That said, The Story enables non-theologians to get a clear picture of the Bible as a narrative. This is a good step toward understanding the Bible as a holy book. Oct 05, Bonnie Garrett rated it it was amazing. I came into this book with only a fuzzy concept of the Old Testament.

This seemed like just the right thing to give me a clear, chronological picture of events, and it certainly did the trick. However, I had already read much of the New Testament, so I could definitely tell when The Story left out large chunks of it. As a whole, I enjoyed it and I learned a lot.

Not only did it read like a page-turner Imagine that - The Bible as a fast-paced novel! This is not a replacement of the Bible by any means, but more of a synopsis to use before diving in to the real thing. I have no doubt that people with more Biblical knowledge than I will also find it useful and entertaining. This audio version helped me with my study of The Story. However, some of the readers were slow, the last disc had some sort of manufacturing defect, and certain parts--especially Revelation--could have been much more dramatic.

As helpful as it was, I'm trading in my copy first chance I get. View all 3 comments. Smart idea, but it has the risk of being interpreted as a "substitute" for the Bible itself. When its purpose is defined clearly, it could be a great evangelical tool. Certain chapters might give great perspective and clarity to some of the lesser-known parts of the Scriptures. Yet other valuable parts of Scripture are taken out, and some of it feels incomplete.

Some of the language in the commentary contained a little too much slang for my tastes you really wanna say they "just plain forget," i Smart idea, but it has the risk of being interpreted as a "substitute" for the Bible itself. Some of the language in the commentary contained a little too much slang for my tastes you really wanna say they "just plain forget," instead of "simply forget"?

Once I got used to the things that bothered me see "first impressions" below , it wasn't too bad. I still wish it had been more than the NIV, more descriptive, more "current," but it's obviously a Zondervan thing, so I'll have to wish for Tyndale or Eugene Peterson to copy the idea if they haven't already, I honestly have no idea.

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I'm glad I listened to the whole thing and got a glimpse of the entire Bible as a story. It's not a foreign concept by any means, but since it's so long, it was nice Once I got used to the things that bothered me see "first impressions" below , it wasn't too bad. It's not a foreign concept by any means, but since it's so long, it was nice to go through a shorter, condensed version. That said, it definitely didn't cover the entire Bible as in every single book or chapter, but I think it was a good overview.

I should've listened to a sample. I listened to it a bit, but it is dramatized, which I thought would be a good thing at the time. It has music in the background, and everything is read very epically. But it just felt over-the-top, although I guess maybe that is appropriate for the reading of the Bible. So I saw this book and got it thinking that it would read more like something written now sort of like The Message except better.

It's just chunks of the NIV with short segments that help one story segue to the next or summary of a story that they aren't using the NIV for. And it's read with the background music and epic voices, and it just sounds kind of ridiculous sometimes. I kid you not, there were laughable background sounds of a woman giving birth that I could've done without. And like I said, it's just the NIV.

So at the risk of sounding like a terrible Christian, I wish they would've taken the liberty to fill in gaps with descriptions of emotions, thoughts, intentions, and setting, and made the dialogue more relatable. I'm not listening to this to do a study; I'm listening it for the story which is the title of the book.

So maybe I'm terrible, but I wish it read more like a story written within the last thirty years. It turns out that this wasn't really what I was looking for at all, but I'll keep going for the remaining 14 hours or so I hope I can get more into it as I get used to it and as I get to stories that I'm not as familiar with. I went into this expecting it to be a novel-ish version of the bible because I had heard it was, but it wasn't - actually, it's the bible rewritten so it's in chronological order and more easily understandable. So it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it was still very interesting and good to read.

However, I felt that the authors comments in italics were - at least to me - more distracting than helpful and so I quickly started skimming over them or skipping them altogether. May 01, Ntombezinhle Nzama rated it really liked it. This book weaved together the story of the bible so beautifully. Although it was not a word for word account of the bible we would just read the bible if that were the case , it puts the story together.

I actually learnt a lot about the bible and how some things fit together. They did not believe this prophet from the puny nation of Israel, and they were destroyed a hundred years later in BC. This is a cool book. Habakkuk told the people in Judah what was left of Israel in those days to change their ways. Habakkuk then asked God why the people would not respond properly.

Zephaniah is another book warning the people in 6th century BC Judah and a few other nations that judgment was coming if they did not change their ways. It ties in nicely with the book of Ezra. This is a great book. You not only get a glimpse of what God and the angels are really like, but this book explains many symbols used in prophetic writing. It also refers to the restoration of the temple in Israel after the Babylonian conquest, tying in with the book of Haggai that precedes it.

The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV

Malachi contains what amounts to a humorous and somewhat sarcastic dialogue between God and his hypocritical followers. This is a good book to read early on. Strictly speaking it is not a biography, but it is close enough that you get the idea. The original audience was the Jewish people who converted to Christianity or were thinking about doing so.

For that reason, Matthew starts with a list of the ancestors of Jesus. This would be important to a Jewish audience, since Old Testament prophecies required Jesus to have a specific parentage. This explains how Jesus met that requirement. For the rest of us, hang in there until you get past the list of names. Shorter, and more fast-paced than the other biographies, we recommend making Mark the first book in the Bible you read.

This is the book in the Bible that best covers the birth of Jesus we hear each Christmas. It also contains a story in chapter 16 that gives us a glimpse of heaven and hell.

Yet, it traces the ancestry of Jesus through Mary rather than through Joseph, as the book of Matthew does. Different from the others, John opens his book with symbolism that may be confusing to the first time Bible reader. The book of Romans is one of the most important in the Bible. It describes why a person would want to be a Christian, and how they can become one.

First Corinthians is a letter written to the most corrupt Christian church specifically addressed in the Bible. Appropriately, Chapter 13 is one of the most famous in the Bible, powerfully explaining a simple principle that would help get this church and the rest of us back on the right track. Second Corinthians can be thought of as the sequel to 1 Corinthians. The church followed some of the earlier advice, but still had some problems. A special feature of this book is that it lets Christians know what their heavenly bodies will be like.

The letter to the Galatians addresses a problem seen in many churches today: This book beautifully reveals how free from external requirements Christianity really is. Ephesians has at least three special points of interest. First, it explains how people receive special abilities when they become Christians. Second, it outlines the roles of the husband, wife, and child in a family. If the idea of a spiritual battle involving angels, demons, and humans interests you, Frank Peretti wrote a fictional book titled This Present Darkness that you would certainly enjoy.

Philippians is a wonderful book. If life is stressing you out, this short book is a good place to go. Colossians is another short book.

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It is especially suited to reading by new Christians yet anyone, Christian or not, can benefit from reading Colossians. First Thessalonians is not only easy to read, but it contains one of the best descriptions in the Bible of what happens to departed Christians. Another short book, it would be easy for anyone to read them both in an evening. If you want to learn what separates a real church leader from a phony, First Timothy is a great place to find out. Titus is a short letter of guidance and encouragement to a young pastor that includes great advice usable by all of us.

Hebrews is another of the most important Books in the Bible. It is not the easiest book to understand, so read a number of other New Testament books first to give you some background information. James is a cool book. Would you like to hear from someone who literally walked the Earth with Jesus for three years? If so, this is a great book to read. The second of two books in the Bible written by a half brother of Jesus. It is another warning against listening to false teachers and false teaching.

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Remember, every prophecy in the Bible came to pass exactly as it was stated when its time came to be fulfilled. Therefore, that will also be the case for the writings in this book. Printed copies of this article may be circulated if it is reproduced in its entirety, along with this copyright notice. The books have been marketed in the United States for many years by placing the first volume, which covers the first part of the Book of Genesis , in doctor 's offices with postage prepaid postcards included for readers to order the set or ask for more information. The Seventh-Day Adventist slant is discernable especially in passages that deal with the Sabbath , which receives its own chapter "A Day to Remember" in the first volume of the series.

He blessed the Sabbath so it would be a blessing to them. He set it apart as a holy day not for Himself, but for them. Even now six thousand years later, all who keep the seventh day holy, find a blessing in it that others never know! As is evident from this quote, Maxwell also presupposes Young Earth Creationism with a literal six-day creation taking place six thousand years before the present, in accordance with Ussher chronology.

The introductory chapter to the first volume encourages the reader to reflect on the origin of animals, humans and the earth itself, asking where everything came from.

The reader is pointed to the Bible account as the only trustworthy source:.