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The Jesus Story
Messy Readings: Told Through 25 Readings from the Bible
by Lucy Moore
Publisher:Barnabas imprint of BRF
Lucy Moore writes in an engaging and winsome style in this short booklet designed to be read by enquirers wanting to know more about Jesus, his life, words, works and challenges. The fact that it is short makes it seem an achievable goal in an age when many people do not read much.
In the introduction she gives some useful tips for those new to reading the Bible—for example don’t start at the beginning and try to read straight through to the end as with a usual book. She goes on to include some brief background on how the Bible came to be written and put together, why there can be differences between the four gospel writers’ version of events and some scene-setting helping readers to get into the mindset of those living in Palestine around 2000 years ago.
Each reading begins with a short passage of Scripture (sometimes abridged as denoted by ... ) from the Contemporary English Version (CEV). The full reference is always given so the extra keen could look the passage up for themselves. There then follows a comment, sometimes moving the story forward, sometimes explaining something that may be unclear or confusing. As the readings progress readers are gently invited to consider for themselves their response to what they are reading. At the end of the book Lucy gives some options for those who would like to take the next step on their journey of exploration or discipleship, and suggests people and places who will be able to help with this.
The cover design and interior artwork clearly denote that this comes from the Messy Church stable but I was wrong in thinking it has been written for children. It could be for older children or teenagers and the back cover suggests it could be read by families, but it is really aimed at adults who are exploring the Jesus story and I think it is going to prove to be a very accessible and useful tool for those involved in all-age evangelism to give to people wanting to discover more .
Reviewer: Christine Leach (22/11/14)