I was somewhat skeptical of a book that claimed to tell God’s story in 66 verses… let alone was titled that. Stan Guthrie though uses a verse from each book of the Bible to allow us to explore the whole of scripture and gain a basic overview of what God is doing. Each chapter takes us through an overview of a book of the Bible, using one verse to highlight the overall theme of that book of the Bible. Guthrie also works hard to tie the book of the Bible into the larger story of scripture, and does a good job of connecting the Old Testament texts to the New Testament narrative.
Reality is if you try and summarize biblical books in just a few pages details will be left out. My goal in reviewing is not to criticize those specific details. Overall this book has many purposes and is a book I can utilize as a pastor. I can see myself using this book in doing devotions before starting a new book in the Bible. I can see myself using this in a class context or small group context to help people navigate the larger story of scripture. I can also see this as a discipleship tool for people exploring faith or overwhelmed by the amount of content in the Bible. I particularly like the idea of using a verse from each book of the Bible as a ‘hook’ to highlight and identify what the chapter is about. The appendix lists all 66 verses without any commentary.
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