Who is this God we believe in, and does He really care about us? Genesis is more than a description of creation, it is God’s invitation to get to know Him and the people He calls His own.
Story by story, God introduces His family. Walk under the starry sky of a defeated Abraham. Hide behind locked doors with Lot and his terrified daughters. Listen in on Rebekah’s whispered kitchen instructions to her favorite son, Jacob, as they cook up a stew of trouble. Find out there’s more to Joseph than a spoiled little brother’s designer coat. More often than not, you’ll discover it’s the “good guys” going down the wrong path with blood on their sandals.
These aren’t the stories you thought you knew. This isn’t the God you thought you knew. He is not quietly floating in the heavens looking on. He’s standing in the middle of His rebellious children, reaching out with open arms and a bar of soap to wash them clean.
God has been dealing with the mess of flawed and broken people from the very beginning. Through these intimate small stories from Genesis, we find the heart of a very Big God.
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About the Author
Georgia Tanner loves a good story. As an Emmy award-winning Director with commercial, television and movie credits she brings stories to film. As a Teaching Director for Community Bible Study for seventeen years, she wrote and delivered over 450 talks about God’s stories. Studying both the Old and New Testaments, Georgia discovered that God is the center of every story. Leading small groups in her home for both Intown Community Church and Buckhead Church, she realized that every story is connected.
Georgia and Jeff, her husband of over thirty years, make their home in Atlanta. Her husband and two children may have been the ones to ask for them, but the dogs always loved Georgia best. But that’s another story.
Table of Contents
The Family of Genesis xi
Small Stories: This Is Where We Begin xvii
1 Genesis 1-2:3 Once upon a Time 1
2 Genesis 2:4-25 Introducing God and His Goodness 6
3 Genesis 3 Introducing Satan and His Lies 12
4 Genesis 4-6:8 Sin Crouches at Your Door 18
5 Genesis 6-9:17 Trusting the Shipbuilder 24
6 Genesis 9-11 Noah and Names 33
7 Genesis 11:1-9 God and Words 39
8 Genesis 12-13 Traveling with the Lord of the Universe 42
9 Genesis 14 I Pledge Allegiance to the Lord 48
10 Genesis 15-16 Waiting for a Child 56
11 Genesis 17 Part 1: God Is an Extrovert and He Is Always on Time 64
12 Genesis 17 Part 2: An Intimate Relationship with the King 68
13 Genesis 18 God Speaks 74
14 Genesis 19 Reluctant to be Rescued 83
15 Genesis 20-21 Fearless 92
16 Genesis 22 Five Conversations 104
17 Genesis 23 Signing the Deed 112
18 Genesis 24 Servant 118
19 Genesis 25-26 The Stars in the Sky have Names 127
20 Genesis 27-28 Blessings, Blessings, Blessings 135
21 Genesis 29-30 Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire 143
22 Genesis 31 Building Walls 151
23 Genesis 32-33 Straggling with God: A Makeover 159
24 Genesis 34 Dirty Hands 167
25 Genesis 35-36 Turning Point 174
26 Genesis 37-38 Disappointing Heroes 183
27 Genesis 39-40 Joseph and a New Attitude 195
28 Genesis 41-44 Extreme Changes 203
29 Genesis 45-46 … But God 211
30 Genesis 47-48 Jacob's Story: A Pilgrim in a Foreign Land 218
31 Genesis 49:1-28 Lavish Blessings 226
32 Genesis 49-50 Heading Home 235
The End of the Beginning 243
From the Author 247