Review: Telling God’s Story

41vzn801m7l-_sx336_bo1204203200_Preben Vang is director if Doctoral Studies and professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. Vang received his MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of 1 Corinthians in the acclaimed Teach the Text series published by Baker. Terry G. Carter is associate dean and W. O. Vaught professor of Christian History and Ministry at Pruet School of Christian Studies. Carter also serves as chair of the department of Christian Ministry at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He received his MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of Preaching God’s Word: A Hands-on Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon (with Scott Duvall and Danny Hays).

In this second edition of Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End, Vang and Carter bring a much needed visual-facelift to an already helpful exploration through the biblical storyline. The volume is now presented in a beautiful, full-color display, including pictures, maps, charts, and diagrams. Vang and Carter have also included short sidebars throughout. Also, throughout the volume Vang and Carter have included several learning sections with study questions, assignments, and a “digging deeper” sidebar that provides additional biblical and theological information. Together these visual changes display a keen awareness on the part of the authors and publisher to provide readers with a volume that is both informative and engaging.

The book as a whole offers the reader a unique journey through the biblical narrative. It is divided into thirteen episodes (major narratival themes) with various acts making up each. The reader is guided from Genesis to Revelation as Vang and Carter purposefully treat the Scripture as an interconnected flowing narrative. The benefit of this approach is obvious. The reader is introduced to the holistic portrait of the biblical story and guided along the way with sensitivity to practical application and communication. This is a forward-looking book that culminates in the person and work of Christ, and carefully and clearly chaperones readers from creation to new creation. This revised and updated edition recognized the few shortcomings of the previous edition and made alterations where needed. Together these updates have significantly improved an already useful and important work.

Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End by Preben Vang and Terry G. Carter is an excellent resource that should be on the shelf of every serious student of Scripture. The new full-color presentation is beautiful, and the maps and charts throughout are both helpful and well-executed. If you are looking for an introduction to the Bible that tells the story how God intended, then Telling God’s Story by Vang and Carter is exception and comes highly recommended!

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