In The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses, Chris Bruno takes readers through the storyline of the Bible. From creation to the new creation, Bruno illustrates how God’s will to establish His kingdom on earth has never changed. By highlighting 16 verses in the Bible, the author shows how the biblical storyline builds on this underlying theme and how the story still involves us today. Each chapter begins with the specific verse to be discussed and ends with key terms and a recap of how the story is unfolding each step of the way. Bruno has shown mastery in weaving all sixteen chapters together to form a logical, streamlined perspective of understanding the story of the Bible. His target audience is wide encompassing both new believers and mature Christians so he is careful not to incorporate terminology that would confuse readers. Moreover, his writing style is easy to follow and includes applicable examples and humorous asides. Using only 127 pages, Bruno has given readers a tantalizing taste of how marvelous and wonderful the biblical narrative is. Indeed, no screenwriter or playwright could possibly write such a beautiful story as the God whose eternal love for His people know no bounds.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read in one sitting what is the story of the Bible. After reading Bruno’s work, I find that I often feel more comfortable teaching Bible stories rather than proclaiming the grand Bible Story itself. Furthermore, this book reminded me that the Bible is a story that has not ended though the canon is closed. Rather, followers of Christ should invite those who are unaware to join in this magnificent story of the King who reigns forever.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a free review copy of this book from Crossway.