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Item description for The Story by Zondervan...
Overview Crack open a Bible and you're likely to find (a) Guidelines for living (b) Answers to life's deepest questions (c) Endless lists of people you've never heard of (d) An incredible story about a God who offers hope to a messed up world. "Incredible story" isn't always the first thing that comes to mind when you attempt to read through the entire Bible. Maybe you?ve tried, only to get lost among obscure genealogies and ancient dietary laws. Maybe you don?t have a clue where to begin. Christianity is a story about God and the remarkable lengths he goes to in order to rescue lost and hurting people. The Story gives you just that?the story of Scripture. Condensed into 30 accessible chapters, it reads more like a novel than your typical religious text. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.4" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310922658 ISBN13 9780310922650 UPC 025986922658
Bible Binding: Cloth Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 11.00 Version: TNIV Maps: Yes - Contains Maps
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More About Zondervan
Dennis Jones loves to draw. His artwork can be seen in books, magazines, games, toys and Sunday school curriculum. He's illustrated several print products including the NIrV Super Heroes Bible.
Zondervan has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Story?
Great Read! Mar 15, 2006
This book is wonderful for those who have had trouble reading the bible from cover to cover. This will wet your appetite with the richness of the word, and only serve to make you more hungrier to dig in to a feast of truth and wonder.
The Story Mar 2, 2006
This is one way to read the Bible from beginning to end without having to go through geneologys, sacrifices and all the dietary laws, etc. It really just skims the stories. The questions in the back are for discussion. They are the best part of the book. We are using this book in two of our Sunday Bible studies. We get into great discussions. However, if you want tto know "The Rest of The Story" you must get into THE BIBLE. Hopefully this book will wet your appetite to do just that.
Not the best choice. Aug 3, 2005
While one admires the intent behind Zondervan's abridged version of the Bible, i.e., to introduce the Bible and the story of salvation to those who find the complete text too intimidating, they went too far in their editing. For example: Melchizedek is mentioned only as a priest and Abram's exchange with him is not at all explained and their conversation is completely omitted; the account of God's covenant with Abram omits completely Genesis 15.12-20; the account of God's visitation to Abraham and Sarah, Abraham's intercession, and the the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is also completely omitted.
If one is looking for a abridged or condensed version of the Bible a much more excellent choice is Tyndale House's "The Bible In Brief." It is less expensive and follows the same approach using the text of The Living Bible, and lacks the omissions of "The Story." Walter Wangerin's "The Book Of God," while actually a novel, is also useful as a means to introduce someone to God's story of redemption. Though being a novel it is written in the author's own words interspersed with passages of Scripture as opposed to using primarily the actual biblical text as the "The Story" and "The Bible In Brief" do.
Finally, an excellent paraphrase of just the Gospels can be found in Daniel Partner's "The Story Of Jesus: A Portrait of Christ from the Gospels."
Best Chronological Bible I've seen May 3, 2005
This is Today's New International Version of the Bible organized not by book and verse but as one seamless story from beginning to end. One of the difficulties for many people who study the Bible is the fact that it is not organized chronologically but the historical books often cover the same period (i.e. 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles) or are organized by the length of the book (major prophets vs. minor prophets) or other ways. This is a unique way of presenting the complete Bible story that brings pattern and structure to all the disconnected stories we tend to learn in church.
Others have taken the Bible and organized it into chronological order before but generally they have produced a paraphrased story and not a translation. What makes this book unique is that they have retained the translation so it is still a good study Bible. I recommend The Story as the best chronological Bible available today because it stays as true as possible to being a translation that has just had the chapters and verses reorganized to make it a single story.