The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible: A Devotional Study  -     By: Kenneth Boa, John Turner
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Where should you turn for the basic building blocks of a Christian worldview? Why, the Bible, of course! From creation to eternity, the 52 stories in this 5-day weekly devotional study demonstrate how they're all part of the larger narrative that points to Jesus. Features life applications, questions for reflection, timelines, maps, and reading recommendations. 400 pages, hardcover from Regal.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Regal
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830745823
ISBN-13: 9780830745821
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In today's world, the basic building blocks of a Christian world view are often missing in people's lives. To help fill in this missing information, The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible presents a foundational, clear synthesis of the most significant narratives of the Bible along with the implications and applications of these interrelated stories. It presents the big story in such a way that it will: Connect the dots for readers of the Bible, demonstrating how each individual story is really one chapter in the larger story; Show how Jesus is the point of the story, especially his death and resurrection; and Build a biblical world view by showing the reader how the Bible answers the ultimate questions of life.

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KEN BOA is engaged in a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing and speaking. Dr. Boa's recent publications include Conformed to His Image. He is the contributing editor to The Open Bible and The Leadership Bible, and is the consulting editor of the Zondervan NASB Study Bible.
JOHN TURNER  has studied Theology, Psychology and Philosophy, earning an undergraduate degree from Pacific Christian College and a Th.M. from Bear Valley Bible Institute. Having served churches in California, Maryland and Texas, Mr. Turner is now the President of Faith 2.0 Ministries.

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A generation ago, public discourse was littered with biblical references. Someone who endured painful circumstances without giving in to resignation and despair was said to have “the patience of Job.” Great stories like David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Balaam’s talking donkey were mentioned in stories and songs---both religious and popular. Everyone was at least somewhat familiar with them. But that isn’t the case anymore. Even within the church, our knowledge and basic understanding of the biblical narrative---and, consequently, the foundational tenets of our faith---is steadily eroding.

For authors Ken Boa and John Alan Turner, the solution to this problem is not the creation of another commentary set or scholarly work. Instead, they have collaborated to create The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible, a one-year devotional book that is practical, easy to understand, and tackles the pressing questions of origin, destiny, and morality. The book is designed both for church outsiders and Christians seeking a clearer and more confident understanding of their faith so they can communicate it to others.

“The greatest call of the Christian life is to know God and to help others to know Him, too. But where do you begin the task of communicating the gospel to a group of people who do not know the basics? How do you approach people who aren’t even sure who God is, what sin is, who Christ is, or what a Bible is for?” Turner asks. “Even more, how do you do these things when you’re not sure of their meaning yourself? Here’s how. You learn and tell the Big Story. You go all the way back to the beginning. Step by step through the Old Testament, you build your worldview in order to prepare yourself for the greatest story, the story of Jesus. Unfortunately, few Christians today know how to do such a thing. That’s why this book is so important.”

The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible marks the third collaborative effort for friends Boa and Turner. Boa is one of the most respected thinkers in Christendom and holds two doctoral degrees, a Ph.D. from New York University and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England. Turner is a teaching pastor par excellence who communicates important biblical concepts in language that anyone can understand. Over the course of a year, the authors will guide readers through one story each week according to a deliberate pattern:

  • Monday: a conversational retelling of the story including details about historical context.
  • Tuesday: a discussion of the orthodoxy of the story, a description of how the story shapes our beliefs.
  • Wednesday: a study of the orthopathy of the story, a discussion of how the story shapes our values.
  • Thursday: an exploration of the orthopraxy of the story, an explanation of how the story should shape our actions.
  • Friday: the conclusion of the week’s study that will guide the reader through a prayerful response to the story.

In a postmodern and post-Christian era, many people are confused about what the Bible is and why it was written. “For a long time, the church has given the impression that the Bible is a book of morality---cautionary tales for the morally impaired,” Turner says. “But the Bible isn’t about us (the people) and what we do. It was written to give us a vision of God---His character, His actions, His story. The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible will help readers understand the full scriptural timeline---from creation to eternity---by showing how these individual stories all come together into a much larger, cohesive narrative. Hopefully, by taking this approach, readers will be challenged to see their lives as another part of this continually unfolding Story.”

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Author: John Alan Turner
Located in: Alpharetta, GA
Submitted: May 30, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I grew up going to church. My father is a preacher. I know all the stories. I remember the flannel graph Jesus (he always had the light blue sash). I've breathed in the stories of the Bible as long as I can remember. Now I'm a Teaching Pastor who longs to help people understand these stories better -- especially how they all fit together into one big story and how their lives can become part of that story.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I encounter so many people who know some of these stories but have no idea how they all fit together. I wanted to show how the Bible tells one major story: the story of God's dream to create a community of people rightly related to him and rightly relating to one another.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will gain a love for the Bible and for the stories contained in the Bible. More than that, though, I hope people come to a greater appreciation of and love for the God we learn about in those pages.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Well, I read more commentaries than when I was in seminary! The biggest thing that struck me is just how bottomless the wisdom contained in the Bible is. You could study this material for 100 years and never plumb its depths.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Obviously, my father has been a huge influence on me. So has my friend and co-author Kenneth Boa (I wrote the Monday-Thursday portions; Ken wrote the guided prayers for Friday). Other than that, C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Andy Stanley and John Ortberg have all been major influences on me.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This book is not meant to be a substitute for actually reading the Bible. It's meant to supplement that discipline. If you don't have time to do both, please don't sacrifice time spent in God's Word for time spent in our book. But if you do have time, please read our book with an eye towards what you can learn not just about the people of God but about the God of the people.

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