In early January I was asked if I was willing to help with a project that would summarize each book of the Bible in 30 seconds and then share the good news of that book in 30 seconds.
In just over an hour a person could the entire Bible in summary and good news. Isn’t that one of the coolest ideas you have heard of for the Bible?
We were told to sign up for our favorite book (or whatever was left that interested you.). Well, at first I was disappointed to have gotten my fourth favorite book of the Bible (Philemon, Habakuk, and James were already chosen). I put Ezra and Nehemiah together, since they tell one story. When Ezra was taken, I jumped at Nehemiah.
Boy am I ever glad I did. If you want a painfully beautiful activity, summarize a book of the Bible in 80 or less words and then try not to read it like a crazy person. It pushes you in a good way.
Here is my summary of Nehemiah. When I stop talking, you can stop listening, there is nothing but silence for about 60 seconds. Why? Oh, just to mess you with.
Here is the good news of Nehemiah. Don’t you love the prayer?
This is a Lenten project, so books are being added until Easter. You can follow the series here. My friend Tanya not only wrote a book on Ruth, she gives the summary—the secret hero— and the good news—patron saint of the grumpy. She has a lovely British accent you’ll enjoy wherever you’re from. I have to be careful or I’ll start recommending everyone of them. But truly, if you only check out one more, listen to Tara Owens’ good news of 1 Samuel. I can almost promise you’ll be thinking about it all weekend.
I am excited at the potential for this project and the ways it can be used in Sunday School classes, youth groups, and personal listening.
Which have you listened do? Recommendations?