"The Story" - Began August 18, 2012
The book called The Story is a best-selling abridged chronological Bible. There are no verse references in the text, and the segments of scripture are woven together with transition text written to connect the storyline so it reads like a seamless story.
For people new to the Bible, this way of reading scripture reduces the intimidation one can feel when approaching the full-length unabridged Bible, and it gives them a holistic and sequential picture of the storyline of Scripture. For seasoned Bible veterans, the chronological arrangement of the essential texts reveals the way the whole Bible fits together in a single grand narrative.
Reading through The Story triggers interest and understanding, and drives people back to the original Bible texts for further exploration. It is not meant to replace the Bible but to be used in addition to the Bible.
You can find a list of all the passages included in each chapter of The Story on the Chart of References pages in the back of the book. Additional versions of the list are provided in the Online Resource Library. In order to preserve the story-like reading of the passages, the scripture references are intentionally not provided with the text. Without the standard points of reference and biblical structures, readers of The Story are far more likely to experience new discoveries within familiar passages, and that is one of the main purposes of this book.
The Story is an abridged Bible, arranging selected texts from the New International Version in chronological sequence. The latest revision to the New International Version was completed in the fall of 2010 after years of meticulous translation work by the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT).
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