Story of Stories: A Guided Tour from Genesis to Revelation
InterVarsity Press, 2013
Karen Lee-Thorp has a story to tell—“the vast story of God at work in the world” (9). As she tells the major stories of the Bible, in six main parts and 37 chapters, she emphasizes connections across biblical books and guides us through the arc of Scripture.
Each section covers a major section of Scripture: “A Promise of Deliverance,” “The Rise and Fall of Israel” and “Exile and Return” cover the Old Testament books. “The Coming of the King,” “Messenger to the Nations” and “Letters to the Churches” deal with the New Testament books. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection or discussion. Lee-Thorp brings in historical detail that helps us better understand the Bible in its setting. In Romans, for instance, she sets righteousness in its biblical context, comparing it to having a “circumcised heart” (293). Explanations like this allow us to see the Bible as a cohesive whole.
New Bible readers will find Lee-Thorp’s book a welcome guide. Visual learners will appreciate the basic maps and the timeline of biblical history (one can easily match prophets with kings). As long as we bring our Bibles along for the journey, we’ll find Story of Stories a useful tool.