This format is an excellent tool for introducing either a new Christian, or a non-Christian who is interested in learning what we believe, into the Story our Bible tells. Written as a novel, and in the plain language of the NIV, the reader is easily caught up in the story as the adventure of the Bible unfolds and Bible characters come to life in a fashion easily understood and portrayed.
The women in my Bible Study group are doing 'The Story' for their new study. They love the book and after watching the video they fill out the questions relating to the video session that are found in the Participant's Guide. The Participant's Guide promotes discussion which the women love. I am so pleased with 'The Story'. Well done!
I've been a missionary & pastor for 35 years. I think this is the best thing I've seen for getting the church into the whole story of the Bible. Except for the poorest of readers they are enjoying The Story. And if they can't read there is the CD.
I'm a pastor who is planning to use this book to help middle school children get an overview of Bible history and fill in any blanks they might have missed in Sunday School over the years. This book has been a great way to do that. In 31 chapters of reasonable length, it covers the high-points of Scripture. Anyone could debate what the editors chose to leave out and what they chose to include, but I think they've done an admirable job.