Over the last couple of weeks I have been reading through Sean Gladding’s excellent book The Story of God, the Story of Us. Ten years ago Sean was asked to create a Bible study that gave the big picture of Scripture for people who have never read the Bible. This initial study became a twelve week narrative telling of the Biblical story, one of the best that I have ever come across.
The Old Testament stories are narrated by an elder sharing the stories of God with Israelite exiles in Babylon. The New Testament is told by a woman who witnessed the life of Jesus and the early church. The biggest challenge with this book has been the temptation to read it in one sitting. It was designed to be read in installments and when used in this way is an exciting exploration of the Biblical story.
The Story of God, The Story of Us is a wonderful immersive experience in which we all enter fully into the drama of the Biblical story. I love the way that Sean weaves the interactions of the storytellers with the theological truths of his Biblical studies.
This is a book not just for those who are new to Christian faith. I found it to be a refreshing and insightful retelling of the Biblical story that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to deepen their faith.
Sean and his friends at The Work of the People have also created a series of six videos to accompany the book. It is an excellent resource to accompany a study of the book and take readers deeper into the themes of God’s story. Topics covered include creation, God’s covenant with the people of Go, the nature of bondage and freedom, the meaning of the incarnation and the Trinitarian basis for community.