Several years ago, I participated in a Bible study in which we read 85% of the Bible in 34 weeks. As you might imagine, this study was intense, requiring that we read around 5 chapters of the Bible each day. I loved it! Reading most of the Bible in that way gave me an terrific overview and a great perspective on God's story. it also helped me to make connections between widely spaced portions of the text. However, there is no way I would be able to devote that much time and effort to a study at this point in my life.
That's where God's Story in 66 Verses by Stan Guthrie comes in. In this book, Mr. Guthrie chooses one verse from each of the 66 books of the Bible that best summarizes the message of the book. These aren't necessarily Mr. Guthrie's favorites, instead these are the verses that best display the flow of God's story and His plan for us.
It's brilliant. This book is like the cliff notes version of the Bible. While God's Story in 66 Verses is no substitute for reading the actual Bible, it does give a great overview that will increase the reader's understanding of the interconnectedness and overarching themes of the Bible, and at 256 pages, reading this book is a lot more manageable than reading the entire Bible.
Bottom line: You should definitely read your Bible, but reading this book will alow you to put your daily readings into the perspective of God's story.
I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.