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Publisher's Summary

It can no longer be assumed that most people - or even most Christians - have a basic understanding of the Bible. Many don’t know the difference between the Old and New Testament, and even the more well-known biblical figures are often misunderstood. It is getting harder to talk about Jesus accurately and compellingly because listeners have no proper context with which to understand God’s story of redemption. In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes seekers, new Christians, and small groups through the big story of scripture. He helps listeners to know what they believe and why they believe it. The companion leader’s guide helps evangelistic study groups, small groups, and Sunday school classes make the best use of this book in group settings.

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of more than 40 books and is one of the leaders of the Gospel Coalition.

©2010 D. A. Carson (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"We live in a time when people quickly reject or accept the Bible without even knowing its contents. Carson does a masterful job of explaining the scriptures so that a person who has never even opened the Bible can understand it. At the same time, those who grew up under its teaching will find valuable and obvious truths that will lead them to greater worship and appreciation of the God we serve." (Francis Chan, author of the number-one New York Times best seller Crazy Love)
"Challenging yet respectful, thought provoking yet accessible, faithful to the historic Christian faith yet relevant to our ever changing world." (Randy Newman, author of Questioning Evangelism and Corner Conversations)
"A unique and important volume in many ways. As a ministry tool, it can be used for evangelism, since it so thoroughly lays out the doctrine of God. And yet it also does what the catechisms of the Reformation churches did: give Christians a grounding in basic biblical beliefs and behavior. By all means, get this book!" (Tim Keller, pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City)

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I will listen to this one again

This book is insightful and thought provoking. It is a book worthy of my resources of time and money. It is very interesting and beneficial to listen to. Also it was excellently narrated. I'm very selective and discerning so this short review is saying a lot.

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Great intro to the biblical storyline

D.A. Carson, as one might expect, does a wonderful job of both presenting the storyline of the Bible as a whole, but also doing so in a winsome and thoroughly understandable manner. This book is for both those who want a clear outline of the Bible, but also for those who are curious about what the Bible is all about.

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The God Who IS There

I loved this book! Narrator is great! It gives an understanding to the knowledge of scripture in a simple way for a believer or a sceptic to conceptualize the God who IS there, in sovergn reign.

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Great comprehensive overview

Five stars. Great comprehensive overview of the Bible written with seekers and newcomers to the Bible in mind.

However, I was alarmed that the author didn't conclude the book with applicable next steps for someone who is ready to invite "the God who is there" into their life as Lord and Savior. Or at least where to go from here?

A personal and perhaps pastoral invitation to the reader would have been an equipping conclusion to the book.

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  • MW
  • 06-28-17

Awesome read

This an evangelistic book that will give the unrepentant sinner a terrific understanding of the God who desires to save and is here. This book as well has been a wonderful refresher course concerning the magnitude of the God who has saved.

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Superb.

Quite solid content communicated very clearly and narrated with a great quality and reinforcing voice.

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Like reading a text book

Listening to this book took me back to sitting in a collage lecture. You are listening to someone give their idea of what something means with no emotion at all and some of the interpretations seemed hard to swallow even if he did talk like he believed any of it.

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  • Charles
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 01-31-15

a panoramic view summary

A panoramic view summary of the entire Bible easily grasped by those unfamiliar. Excellent! Captivating!

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Excellent overview of the Bible and theology

This book has something for everyone. I originally bought this book for my high school son to listen to and get an overview of the biblical basics. I decided to listen first to see how the whole thing was expecting to not hear a lot of new things but just a different voice on established theologies and ideas. I did hear that but it was done in such a deep yet simple way that I found new insights to ponder. The elegant connections that D.A. Carson has put together of themes and Old and New Testament stories while lining out the character of God was brilliant and lovely. The narrator was easy to listen to and had a soothing voice. This will be in my re-listen pile.