A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance
by Fred G. Zaspel
My daughter-in-law, Marina, works diligently in teaching our grandchildren (and it shows!), and she is always on the lookout for resources. Recently she texted me about this book which I had somehow overlooked altogether. She had found it helpful, and so I thought I should check it out. Turns out she was very right! What a great idea and what a wonderfully helpful resource this book is!
The Waltons highlight 175 Bible stories and in short shrift provide interpretive guidance for each. Treatment of each story follows a similar pattern:
- Lesson Focus
- Lesson Application
- Biblical Context
- Interpretational Issues in the Story
- Background Information
- Mistakes to Avoid
My first thought was that this is a superb reference tool for Sunday School and homeschool teachers. It is certainly that. But on further examination, it occurred to me that it is just as useful for the pastor-preacher. The Waltons provide a helpful guide to the essence of each story, they stress what is important, and they caution away from tertiary issues that may be off-point or even distracting. That is to say, they help keep the lesson on point.
An excellent resource that deserves more attention than it has received. Highly recommended.
Buy the books
THE BIBLE STORY HANDBOOK: A RESOURCE FOR TEACHING 175 STORIES FROM THE BIBLE, by John H. Walton & Kim E. Walton