There’s nothing like a good story, and the Bible is full of them! This fall, we are starting “The Story” curriculum by Zondervan and I’m thrilled. Ever since my time at The Gathering Conference, I’ve been increasingly convinced that we need to be putting more emphasis on “The Big God Story” (overarching meta-narrative of the Scriptures). When I saw this Bible in the Amazon Vine program, I snatched it right up. I am completely impressed.
In the beginning pages, there are 6 lessons for small groups to go through together. At the start of each lesson, there is a tag that you can scan with your smart phone and Randy Frazee does a short video introduction or devotional. The first video lesson started with a famous football speech, so my husband was instantly a fan! I thought the videos were great and I love the fact that the editors took the time to be “up to speed” with today’s technology. I can see this sort of thing being a great resource for morning devotions.
There are 36 (I think) key stories in the Bible that help form “The Big God Story”. Of course, everything in the Bible contributes to the overall story, but sometimes a person (especially someone just picking up the Bible for the first time) can get overwhelmed trying to read the Bible from cover to cover. This Bible helps guide you to the 36 key stories, giving a brief devotional type write up at each passage with a “God’s Story” and “Your Story” section. Then it tells where to turn for the next key story, both as a Scripture reference and page number. It’s very helpful and non-threatening to a beginner and enlightening to a long-time reader.
There have been some translation differences since the 1984 NIV, but it seems the translations are more accurate. I would definitely recommend this resource. In fact, I’m so thrilled with it, I’m giving away a copy at our next Kids for Christ Family Fun night!
What About You?
What’s your favorite resource for getting into God’s Big Story?
*I was provided with a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine. The opinions expressed are my own.