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Telling God's Story: A Parents' Guide to Teaching the Bible

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In this accessible and engaging book, Peter Enns (author of the controversial and best-selling Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament) provides parents and teachers with a straightforward and intelligent twelve-year plan for teaching the Bible. Written for lay readers but incorporating the best scholarly insights, Telling God’s Story ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Olive Branch Books
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Feb 19, 2015 David rated it really liked it
I grew up in the church learning all the old Bible stories. I fondly recall hearing, over and over again, Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the Lions Den and so many more. I am forever grateful for what I learned as a child. Yet as I’ve moved into an adult faith, I see some of the problems in this sort of traditional Christian education.

First, the stories are sanitized. Since you are teaching children you cannot go into all the gruesome details. Second, any sort of understanding of the Bible as a
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Apr 17, 2014 Rachel Wylie rated it it was amazing
Revolutionary for me. Clarified issues with traditional methods of teaching bible stories to kids, offered intelligent alternative philosophy.
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"There is a big gap between what children tend to learn about the Bible in the early years, and how scripture is studied in later years, as children mature into adults."

Peter Enns and I are on the same page, here. Fifth grade was the point where my daughter began coming to me, expressing dissatisfaction with Bible class (which she had always before enjoyed). She had outgrown "Bible stories" as taught to children -- as she put it, "Mom. God told Noah to build the ark and Noah built the ark and
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Mar 28, 2014 Becky Sayler rated it liked it
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This book is less a parents' guide to teaching the Bible (its subtitle) and more an explanation of what the Bible is - "a story of who God is and what he does to restore his world." Apparently there is a curriculum that goes with this book that gets more into the details of actual lessons and activities to do with kids, but I haven't read that yet.

I rated this three stars, but I wish I could rate parts of it a five and other parts of it a one. I agree with the author wholeheartedly when he remin
Christa Hogan
Dec 24, 2016 Christa Hogan rated it really liked it
This book is a guide on how to use the 12-volume series that can be purchased separately. Our family has been looking for something just like this, so we were thrilled to find this series. We've been using the first book and separate activity pages with our 4, 7, and 11 year olds at home. We've been through numerous other family devotionals and kids devotionals but this one is great about giving both historical context and big-picture concepts of the foundations of our Christian faith.

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Dec 09, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
"Growing in faith is not a contest or part of a daily to-do list," writes Peter Enns. "It is a journey that all Christians are on. Your children have the privilege of beginning that journey under your care and love. Yes, that is a serious responsibility for parents (hence, the anxiety involved). But it is also a joy and a calling that can be heard echoing through the pages of Scripture. As far back as Exodus, when Moses is giving the instructions for the celebration of Passover, he adds “And whe ...more
May 13, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it
Very interesting approach to teaching scripture to young people. I like the idea of avoiding the flat and thin character studies and well worn-and often misleading-children's stories that come from trying to teach the adult content of the Old Testament to kids. Enns argues that we need to start with Jesus first and work back from that as kids grow more mature. The final part where Enns outlines in broad terms the story of the Bible is also interesting and challenging even if it ends up being a r ...more
Sep 01, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
Easy read finished in a few days, really great birds eye view of the bible to prep you for this curriculum which we have just started and so far were loving it :) it is different from the majority of kids biblical studies curriculum in that he focuses on Christ for the first 4 years , explaining that Jesus is the point of our faith and we will build a firm foundation with what is the central message (and age appropriate) and then build off of that in later years with more complex history that le ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Jana rated it liked it
Read because I was curious what Peace Hill Press offered in terms of religious education. Enns makes some good points thoroughly adaptable to LDS faith -- more so than I was expecting. Worth a look for homeschool parents seeking to add a religious component to their curriculum.
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Peter Enns is Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has taught courses at several other institutions including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias and is the author of several books, including Inspiration and Incarnation, The Evo ...more
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