As Paula and I came to see how the story in the Bible fits with the very kind of story human beings deeply desire, we began to try and take some time during our crazy assignment to actually read the story.
And because we were looking through the lens of story, our minds were racing.
Then one day Paula had an idea.
“What if it would help us,” she said, “to both run and walk slowly?”
“Like a new driver on a standard clutch car?” I asked.
She laughed. I love to make her laugh.
“No,” she said, “I don’t mean in a jerky way. It’s just that this rushing sensation we get whenever we dive into the Christian story in the Bible is overwhelming. And while it’s important to constantly keep in mind the meta story, if you want to understand the story, it’s also important to peel back the layers and layers of the intimate details of this story. In fact, slowing down will only give us a deeper understanding of the meta story anyway.”
“And,” I replied, “if Christianity is the story we are in, and if God is indeed the Great Storyteller, this Christian God has woven together a masterpiece.”
“Exactly,” she replied. “And if the Christian God is the great storyteller, we will be as blown away by a slow walk as we are by our recent experience of running.”
“Okay,” I agreed. “So, Paula Wong, how do we do this walk/run?”
And that’s when we began experimenting with what we’ve come to call the Slow Read Bible. We’re essentially breaking out the sentences in a way which slows you down.
Here is the very firs sentence in your Bible, from the book of Genesis:
God created the heavens
Of course, that is a pretty short sentence. You’ll see plenty of others which stretch way across the page.
And, Paula reminded me to tell you that what was impactful for us was the experience of doing the slow read breakout, not the end product.
So, as we continue breaking out the books in your Bible, we’ll give you links below to the books we’re finished with. And we’ll start with the book of Revelation, because of our continuing struggle with the major dramatic question:
How will this turn out?