The Real Story


About the book:

Adam and Eve in the Garden, Noah and the Flood, David and Goliath…

We might be familiar with these famous stories of the Bible, but what do they all mean? Where do they fit in the larger picture of God’s plan of salvation for His people?

In The Real Story, Curtis Martin and Edward Sri break open the Word to examine how all these pieces fit together into one cohesive narrative—a story of how, little by little, God has drawn His people into closer union with Himself, culminating in the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Church. Through a closer study of the key characters and events in the larger biblical narrative, Martin and Sri show that the Bible ultimately isn’t a collection of disjointed stories, but an epic saga of God’s infinite love for us and His perfect plan for our salvation since the beginning of time.

Curtis Martin & Ted Sri on the book:

The Bible can be intimidating. After all, it is no ordinary book; it’s more like a library. It consists of 73 books, written in different languages, by different authors, and to diverse audiences at various periods of time. It also contains many different kinds of writings: law, poetry, letters, history, and prophecy, to name a few. And while some people might be familiar with the major stories of the Bible—Noah and the flood, Moses and the Exodus, David and Goliath, Jesus and the cross—few understand how all these varied stories actually fit together.

In this short work, you will discover the “big picture” of the Bible—how the many smaller stories of Scripture fit into the overarching story of God’s covenant family plan, centered on the person and mission of Jesus Christ. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “Different as the books which comprise it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God’s plan, of which Christ Jesus is the center and heart” (CCC 112).

We will break down that larger narrative into concise, easy-to-read chapters that focus on key characters and events in the drama of salvation—from Adam, Noah, and Abraham to Moses, David, and Daniel. But we will always do so with the “big picture” in mind. At every step of the way, we will see how God is preparing His people for the coming of Jesus Christ and the Church He established. Special attention will be given to the first book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, which introduces the main characters, plot, family lines and promises that shape the rest of the salvation history. With this foundation in mind, the unity of God’s plan as revealed in the Bible will shine out more clearly.

We hope that this book will help readers see the Bible not as a random collection of stories about people, places, and events from long ago, but as an epic saga about God’s infinite love for us, the struggle between good and evil in the world, and the crucial role we each are called to play as we enter this drama with our own lives. That in the end, is the real story of Scripture.


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