A book launch event was held on June 23 at Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club for RSF author Paige Vanosky who recently co-authored the book “The Bible in 30 Minutes – God’s Story for All”. For more on Vanosky and his book, see the story below.
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RSF resident releases new book ‘The Bible in 30 Minutes – God’s Story for All’
Co-author Says the Book is Intended to Help Readers Understand the History of the Bible in a Simple Way
By Joe Tash
The Bible is the best-selling book in the world, but how many people really understand what it is trying to say?
This question intrigued Rancho Santa Fe resident Paige Vanosky and led her on a personal quest to both understand the story the Bible tells when its different parts are taken as a whole, and to be able to explain to others.
The result of this quest was a Bible study course that she designed for a group of friends that spanned 12 years, and her last effort, a book that seeks to present the Bible in readable terms for those who want to find out more.
“The 30-Minute Bible – God’s Story for Everyone” was published in June by InterVarsity Press, an Illinois-based Christian publisher. Vanosky co-authored the book with Craig Bartholomew, a UK-based Bible scholar
“If you ask most people what they think of the Bible, you’ll get different answers,” Vanosky said. Some see it as a rule book to follow, while others say it is a chronicle of the life of Jesus Christ.
“It’s actually a long story from the first page to the very last page, it’s a long story,” Vanosky said. In essence, she said, the Bible, which encompasses both the Old and New Testaments, is the story of the world from creation to its end, and it follows a branch of a family tree from Adam and Eve to Christ.
The Bible was written over 1,400 years, by 40 different authors, she said.
While she grew up reading the Bible in a Baptist family in Texas, Vanosky said, it was only after she completed a 12-year chronological study of the Adult Bible and was given a asked to prepare a short book review for his book club. , that, “I found this amazing story that I never knew existed,” she said.
She decided to write the book, she said, after receiving a number of requests from friends and acquaintances for copies of the study guide she had prepared for her Bible class.
Her next step, she said, was to seek out a co-author familiar with Bible scholarship who could help her realize her vision for the book. His online research led to Bartholomew, director of the Kirby Laing Center for Public Theology in Cambridge, UK, and author of several scholarly books on the Bible.
“He jumped at the chance to co-write the book,” Vanosky said.
The co-authors spent over a year on the first draft, with Bartholomew writing chapters and Vanosky editing and adding comments. They then gave the manuscript to their publisher. An artist has been hired to create illustrations for the book.
The result is a book of 30 chapters, each highlighting a different segment of the Bible, including passages from Scripture and a short essay explaining how the passage fits into the larger Bible account. Vanosky said the book can be read in 30 minutes a day for 30 days.
Each chapter “tells a bit of the story and a bit of explanation, and helps connect the dots along the way for the novice reader,” Vanosky said.
Vanosky said the Bible is a complex book written on many levels, but his book is intended to help readers understand history in a straightforward way, without delving into controversies over the application of the Bible to modern life. , like the role of women in the church. or gay rights.
“It’s really the top layer, there are so many layers underneath, it’s like the CliffsNotes version, it’s the big preview of what you find when you read the Bible,” she said. .
“I think just knowing the story is worth it,” Vanosky said. “When I found the Bible story, I found answers to all of these questions, about God and Jesus and life in general. I was amazed at the clarity I received when I knew the whole story.
The book is available online at Amazon.com and InterVarsity Press. For more information, visit 30minutebible.com.