Book Review by
Many of us have grown up hearing stories from the Bible – stories about God’s love and His redemption of mankind. But how well do we know the overall story of the Bible? Helping readers understand the Bible’s overarching story is the goal of the book “Telling God’s Story: the biblical narrative from beginning to end.”
This book shows how many smaller stories come together and reveal one larger story about God’s purpose for His creation.
“Telling God’s Story” looks closely at the Bible from its beginning in Genesis to its conclusion in Revelation. By approaching Scripture as one purposefully flowing narrative, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the text, this book reinforces the Bible’s greatest teachings.
This book is co-authored by former Ouachita Baptist University professor Preben Vang, who currently serves as professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Terry Carter, current Ouachita Baptist University professor. Carter is the associate dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University.
The authors’ goal is to help readers improve their ability to share God’s story effectively with others. This is summed up by what John T. Brady, vice president of global strategy at the International Mission Board, writes at the beginning of the book. He says, “In the young vibrant movements to our Lord around the world today, there is a strong emphasis on knowing the acts of God through the people whose lives are recorded in the Bible. The simple but powerful storyline of God’s Word reveals the truth the Lord has used to set multitudes of men and women, boys and girls from around the globe free from bondage to sin and death. Vang and Carter have masterfully provided a tool in “Telling God’s Story” that will not only be personally transformational but empowering for those who seek to train others to be tellers of God’s great story.”
This expanded second edition of “Telling God’s Story” now features beautiful charts, maps, photographs and illustrations in color.
This book is ideal for classroom settings, such as Sunday school classes, that involve discussion time. Each chapter ends with discussion questions for your group to talk about and assignments for the following week’s class. Studying this book will give readers a better understanding and background of God’s story and its application to their lives.
Matt Ramsey is the director of communications for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.