Storylines by Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi
Storylines is a book that is clearly written for a post-modern audience. And that is a good thing. It is written primarily for teenagers and young adults. One of the first things you discover when you begin to learn about the way post-moderns think is that they learn through and love narratives. Storylines does that well. In an age of increasing biblical illiteracy, Croft and Pilaviachi introduce the story and stories of the Bible to a new generation.
The authors could have chosen any of a number of ways to relate their content. They could have chosen an overview of Scripture in the order it is compiled, chronologically, character studies, by doctrine, or other ways. Instead, they chose to provide an overview of some of the different storylines that run through the entire Bible. It is quite clever. Those storylines are:
- The Jesus Storyline
- The Covenant Storyline
- The Presence Storyline
- The Kingdom Storyline
- The Salvation Storyline
- The Worship Storyline
They trace these themes throughout the Bible, beginning in Genesis all the way through Revelation. At the end of each chapter, they provide what they call a paperchase. This is a list of Scripture passages that trace that particular storyline through the Bible. Following each paperchase is a short list of discussion questions. The book has two appendices; the first is a twenty page synopsis of the entire Bible in the order it is compiled. The second is a what, why, and how of the Bible which describes and defends the inspiration and preservation of the Scriptures.
Storylines is simply written and appropriate for its intended audience. I would recommend this book for the unbeliever who wants to know more about the Bible. It is also appropriate for the new believer or any believer who is not very familiar with the Bible. It would also be a good resource for leaders who work with youth and/or young adults. It could provide insight into the ways they learn and process information as well as provide ideas for more clearly communicating the Scripture and the Gospel to them.
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Are you a leader who works with youth and/or young adults? Do you think this would be a helpful resource for you? Do you think teaching the Bible through its major “storylines” in a narrative style is a valid way to introduce the Bible and the Gospel to this audience?