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The Most Important Stories of the Bible: Understanding God's Word Through the Stories It Tells

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Most of us are familiar with the exciting adventures of David and Goliath, Noah, or Daniel in the lions' den, but we don't always understand how they fit together. We lack context, and so we sometimes miss the point.

The Most Important Stories of the Bible will give you a working knowledge of the key events in Scripture and how they flow into one big story. The book's 75 st
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Lydia Howe
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

Plain and simple: Because I was curious.

I dislike it when people refer to Biblical accounts as stories (which in todays lingo brings to mind fiction, which the Bible obviously isn't), so I nearly didn't request the book. But then my desire to see what "stories" (aka, accounts) from the Bible were included in the book made me request it after all.

WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

The book was a pleasant surprise to me. I think the title is a misnomer and not entirely true anyway
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Michelle
The Most Important Stories of the Bible is a biblical study book by authors Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell. It will take the Bible student chronologically through the Bible. Beginning with Creation and ending with John’s visions. Much of the book tells of the Bible stories of Jesus.

Special content is the parallels of Biblical and world events. Which I found well laid out and informative. There is content much of which I was surprised to learn.

I thought it was interesting that some Bible
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Leslie M.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book contains seventy-five stories from the Bible, many of which will likely be familiar to the reader, as they are classic stories told in Sunday School, etc.

Each story was posted in chronological order, along with the scripture it was from. Each reading contained the following components: The Story Title, The Bible verse, "The Story Continues," "The Essential Story," and "The Essential Truth." Granted, there are a number of stories not included, but the ones here are simplified in a way
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Nathan Albright
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Any time a book of less than 200 pages purports to tell the most important stories of the Bible, I get at least a little bit suspicious.  That isn't to say that such books are not often good, as this book is good, but it is rather that authors and readers alike invariably have different opinions on what the most important stories of the Bible are, especially to the extent that both are we
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Nancy
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn’t like this book. It was shallow, and too simple. I can not and do not recommend this book. In the “Essential Truths” parts, which come at the end of each story, there is a LOT of conjecture and opinion, which disqualifies it as an essential truth. Some of them are fine, but watch out, here and there the authors give the idea of what they think is true, but might not be.
Conjecture: an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.

Both authors, Christopher Hudson and
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Most Important Stories of the Bible
Understanding God's Word Through the Stories It Tells
By Christopher D. Hudson
and Stan Campbell

This book takes the reader from Genesis through Revelation touching on 75 of the most important stories that give an overview of the whole. Forty-three come from the Old Testament and thirty-two from the New Testament.

The book is broken down into six main sections Beginnings, Patriarchs, Israel's Family Becomes a Nation, Kings and Prophets, Stories of Jesus, and S
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Kate Ashton
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here we have 75 stories from the Bible in simple English, staying faithful to the original story. the author points out in the introduction that these are left 'as per the original' without aiming to interpret or explain whether any particular story is meant to be taken literally or as an allegory, for example. However, there is a helpful introduction to each of the stories to put them into context both historically and in relation to the larger biblical story of God's interaction with his creat ...more
Becky
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Quick Walk Through Biblical Stories

PLEASE READ MY REVIEW ON MY BLOG: http://bookreadingtic.com/2019/08/16/...

Explore seventy-five stories in the Bible starting at the beginning in Genesis, moving throughout both testaments, and ending with the book of Revelation. The authors give their summary of each account, calling it the “essential story.” That is followed by the “essential truth” which condenses the story into a couple of lines that contain the most important point. Each narrative is only
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Josh
Jul 10, 2019 added it
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When reading the bible, the context of a particular story is essential to delving into the meaning of a passage. However, most people don’t read through canon from Genesis through to Revelation and remember the entire storyline of scripture. For those that require a survey of the story line of the scriptures by looking at pericopes to provide both a slight recap on the narrative development from the previous section, the story itself and finally a truth derived from the story. When looking at a ...more
Kristen
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest opinion.

I was very excited to see The Most Important Stories of the Bible as a review option. A few years ago I read the Bible cover to cover for the first time. It was difficult. I sought out guides and plans to help me stay on track and understand better what I was reading. I wish that I had this book that first year. Even though this book includes a limited selection of stories from the Bible, I
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Evelyn  Fonseca
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a slim book containing short summaries of the most popular Bible stories. They need to rename this book, I don't consider some stories more important than others, just more popular. The stories are divided into 6 sections: Beginnings, Patriarchs, Israel's Family Becomes a Nation, Kings and prophets, Stories of Jesus, and Stories of the Early Church. Each story gets about 1.5-page treatment. It quickly summaries the story and then a very short paragraph or sometimes 1 sentence at the end ...more
Connie Saunders
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are so many stories from the Bible that we all have heard many times but there are others not as well known. Authors Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell have corrected this by choosing seventy-five stories from both the Old and New Testaments that they consider to be the most important. Each of these entries include scripture, The Essential Story and The Essential Truth about their selection. The first story is from Genesis 1 and each one after is in chronological order so by the time ...more
Oak
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Most Important Stories of the Bible: Understanding God’s Word Through the Stories It Tells by Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell discusses key stories in the Bible – and how they all connect to one another. The book is sectioned into stories that cover the beginning of the Bible, Biblical patriarchs, when Israel becomes a nation, kings and prophets, stories of Jesus, and stories about the Early Church.

The authors describe the essential part of each story and identify an essential truth
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Virginia Campbell
"The Most Important Stories of the Bible: Understanding God's Word Through the Stories It Tells" is a revelatory reading guide and reference work. Authors Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell have put together a collection of 75 simply-worded retellings of fundamental stories from the Bible which will appeal to Bible beginners and also to those who have reread the Bible many times over. Parents and children, home-schoolers, teachers, Bible study groups, pastors and Sunday Schools, book clubs, ...more
Michelle Noble
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you're expecting a fictionalized account of the bible like I did, then this book isn't for you. It narrates the stories in the bible from the beginning to the very end in a timeline. Its pretty cut and dry, but gives an account of the bible. I didn't care for it myself, because it is so dry, but I probably will refer to it as a reference.
Deb
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Most Important Stories of the Bible by Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell

Written in understandable English, this book is exactly what the title implies. It covers seventy five Bible stories putting the most important and meaningful events in a nutshell for the average reader.

Whether you are familiar with these stories, or are new to the scriptures, this is a “one size fits all” summation of the most powerful Biblical happenings.

Each chapter begins with a title or introduction, followe
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Bruce
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I was hoping for more. In fact, a lot more than a quick summary of a story. It felt dry, uninspired, as if someone was simply giving an orthodox view of the Bible stories. In my opinion it's a lot more exciting simply reading the Bible itself.
Trisha
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a different way to read through some stories in the Bible. I’m one of those people who looks at things with a cautious eye when reading through things based on scripture especially when it’s interpreted and not exact scripture.

I liked how each story was in chronological order and shared the scripture it was take from. Each one began with “The Story Continues...” then has “The Essential Story” followed by “The Essential Truth”
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Christopher Hudson has contributed to over fifty Bible projects, sixty study guides, and over a hundred books. He has also served as managing editor for best-selling Bibles such as: The Love Languages Devotional Bible with Gary Chapman (Moody), Inspirational Bible with Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson), and the Case for Christ Study Bible with Lee Strobel (Zondervan). He is a graduate from Wheaton Colleg ...more