Tomorrow night, we'll be getting started on new book in my Pathways Class at Valley Christian Church. The book is called Story of Stories: A Guided Tour from Genesis to Revelation
. The idea is to help people see an overarching narrative that runs through the entire Biblical canon.
years, the main focus of my Pathways class has been on reading through
the Bible and journaling. We set goals for how much to read, how often
to read, strive for consistency, and aim for quality and depth of
experience as we seek to understand and apply what we have read.
With the start of a new year, I want to see if the literacy gained by reading Story of Stories
will help those who haven't read the Bible feel more able to do so. My
hope is that by getting a clearer overview of the Scriptures as a whole,
they will get more from their personal Bible reading.
From the Publisher's Description:
The Bible contains many of the most
memorable stories of all time--the great flood, David and Goliath, the
empty tomb. These stories are packed with enough drama to astound and
inspire readers on their own. Yet when read as parts of a larger,
grander story, each of these stories reveals added depths of artistry
and meaning. Still, it is easy to lose sight of how the Bible's
narrative threads weave together into one great tapestry.
In Story of Stories readers
join Karen Lee-Thorp on a guided tour of Scripture where she retells
the Bible's major stories, draws out the significance of overlooked
subtleties and shows how individual vignettes contribute to Scripture's
overarching story of redemption. Readers will find a renewed
appreciation for the breadth and depth of the greatest story ever told.
Written with both individuals and groups in mind, this revised and
expanded edition includes end-of-chapter reflection questions and a
leader's guide for facilitating discussions.
Praise for Story of Stories...
"Karen Lee-Thorp invites the reader into the drama of the biblical
story. Her masterful hand guides us to a clear understanding of the flow
of the text, and we stand in awe as we see, perhaps for the first time,
how the Bible truly is an organic whole with One Author." (Tremper
Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont
"Story of Stories is one of the most valuable
books I have ever used for helping new Christians grow. As they grapple
with the complexities of biblical truth, this book can quickly give them
the big picture. Karen Lee-Thorp has conveyed the dramatic plot that
flows from Genesis to Revelation with keen insight and wit. I've lost
count of how many copies I've given away." (Jim Petersen, associate to
the general director of The Navigators)
"Most of our Bible
originated in acts of storytelling, but somewhere along the line many of
us lose the story line and end up with a file drawer full of doctrines
and dates and study notes. But God, in his Scriptures, is first of all a
storyteller, elaborating the plot of his saving ways among us and
pulling our stories into The Story. Karen Lee-Thorp recovers the story
for us." (Eugene H. Peterson, professor emeritus of spiritual theology
at Regent College and author of The Message)