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Posted May 16, 2009
Like all storybooks, this volume of the Storyteller's Companion to the Bible has its high points and it's obscure points. There are 25 readings extracted from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke included here. Most of these are the readings you would expect to hear at churches following the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL); basically those worship traditions following the cycle of the Christian Year. Each reading has a few pages of commentary and then the Bible story is retold by one of the editors. While I could see any teacher using these resources, preachers would benefit from this volume the most. The high and obscure points come in the Retelling the Story sections. Sometimes I love how the editors adapt the Gospel to our lives today; sometimes their applications are beyond me. Overall, when the Retellings hit the mark, they do so effectively. I am also well aware that different readers will find what I see as strange stories very good to them. Then again, after a few years of preaching on other Scripture readings, my return to a particular Retelling grabs me as it hadn't before. I have as many volumes of the Storyteller's Companion as I can acquire on my bookshelf, because I never can tell when a retelling will move from my 'strange' to 'good' catagories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.