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The Epic of God

The Epic of God by Michael Whitworth
Michael Whitworth in his award winning book The Epic of God takes the Book of Genesis as his main textbook and outlines, brings to life, and applies God’s Word to his reader’s lives with depth and clarity.  Basing his view of the days in Genesis of creation as literal 24 hour periods, Michael explains that he believes this because other passages consistently conclude that there were six days of creation and one day of rest and make up an entire week (see Exodus 20.11; 31:17) (pg. 24).  in the natural way that you would see a week.  He sees the day-age theory as more as a tip of the hat to modern science.
I appreciate the way Michael weaves together a sense of the application of Genesis for our lives, like in his discussion of the Sabbath (23).  In talking about sin, Michael points out that sin is breaking God’s boundaries but also contains an emotional element as well (79), for sin breaks God’s hearts and it grieves him.  Overall, his presentation on…

The Bible Story Handbook

The Bible Story Handbook by John and Kim Walton
This new book by John and Kim Walton called The Bible Story Handbook is a great resource for those wanting to teach the Bible to children but are concerned about interpretation and application.  The book is divided up into 175 stories starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation that combine sections on focus, application, interpretational difficulties, context and background.  Main takeaway points are in bullet points with succinct ideas that come from the text.  What is apparent in the reading of each story is that the Walton’s took time to focus specifically in interpretation difficulties that connect with the main points of application.  In turn, what you get is a well thought out synthesis of the biblical story that is God glorifying and edifying for the church. 
One of the last sections in each biblical story that the Walton’s look at is labeled Mistakes to Avoid.  In looking at Genesis 42-50, the authors mention something that is w…