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|Title: The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost & Found in the Bible|
By: Sean Gladding
Number of Pages: 248
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW836321
"The ever present ache of exile rises above the comforting sounds of the river, as the image of the house of the LORD in ruins breaks the peace. . . . Despite the warmth of the fire, he feels a chill. He wraps his cloak around him and looks into the eager faces of his people, then closes his eyes. 'Picture this scene . . .'" Before the Bible was a book, it was flesh and blood. In this book, you can travel with Sean Gladding between the lines of the Scriptures to listen in on the conversations of people wrestling with the Story of God for the first time. Whether sitting around a campfire in Babylon, reclining at table in Asia Minor or huddled together by candlelight in Rome, you'll encounter a tale that is at once familiar and surprising. The Story of God, the Story of Us can be read alone but is especially rich shared with a group. Sean Gladding presents an account of the Bible that pays attention to its audience as well as its message. He introduces you to people who may remind you of yourself or your family, friends and coworkers. As much as the Bible is a story about God, it's also a story about you--and all of us--as we encounter God in a new way.
Sean Gladding is a member of Communality, a missional community that serves as one of the host "schools for conversion" for the New Monasticism. There he and his wife, Rebecca, acclimate guests and new participants to life in community, provide pastoral care for the community members and curate the weekly fellowship gathering. He presents The Story of God, the Story of Us to large groups and small gatherings throughout the United States and internationally as well.
Author: Sean Gladding
Located in: Lexington, KY
Submitted: September 13, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm originally from Norwich, England and moved to the States 20 years ago. I've been in pastoral ministry for much of that time - both on the college campus and in the church. My family is part of Communality, a small missional community "seeking the welfare of the city."
What was your motivation behind this project? "The Story of God" is the book version of an introduction to the 'big story' the bible tells that my wife and I have been walking through with groups for a decade.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Whether you've been reading the bible your whole life, or never opened one before, I hope you enjoy hearing the Story of God told as a story - and perhaps hear something you've never heard before as you discover the part you have to play in that Story as it continues to unfold.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Every time we walk through the Story with others, I learn something new as people share what they hear in the Story. Those insights continue to get woven into the narrative that has become this book.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? N T Wright, particularly 'The Challenge of Jesus' and 'Surprised By Hope'. Sandra Richter - The Epic of Eden. Walter Brueggemann, Joel B Green, Alan Hirsch, Brian McLaren.
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