What's the story of the Bible?
Don't sweat it if you can't answer. It's one of the toughest questions I know.
It's a tough question because the story of God's work to form, sustain and redeem Creation is the biggest, grandest, wildest, most challenging, rewarding, and sometimes most confusing story I know.
This is why I like The Story. It presents the big story of God's work as one seamless narrative, like a novel. The Story uses the NIV translation of the Bible to reveal the biblical storyline chronologically, from Genesis through Revelation. The Bible's stories, poems and teachings are woven together in so to keep the Bible's unified story arc front-and-center. You should hear the unabridged audiobook:
Listen to Chapter 1 of The Story, which takes us through the high drama of Creation (0:01), Fall (9:56), and Flood (16:10).
When you listen to that chapter I think you'll see why The Story was just honored by the Audie Awards — which is like the Academy Awards for audiobooks — as the Inspirational/Faith-based Nonfiction work of the year.
Hearing these Genesis stories, I marvel at the patience of God. This in particular jumped out at me: the first murder on earth was committed out of a motive as simple as envy, and it was committed by one brother against another.
The chapter above ends with Noah's family surviving the Flood, and I'm thankful God didn't use the opportunity to rid Earth of humanity once and for all! I'm looking forward to hearing more of The Story's rendering of the Bible.
What jumped out at you from The Story's telling of Genesis?
-Adam Forrest, Zondervan
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