• For Bible study groups, preaching, retreats
• For new and not-so-new Christians seeking to connect Scripture with their personal lives today
The treasure trove of stories from Scripture provides wonderful examples of people encountering the mystery of God. We read these stories over and over, and know how they turn out year after year. The one perspective we might miss, however, is that the characters in Scripture never knew how their story would turn out when they were living the unknown, fear, joy, surprise, and drama of the moment. They faced the same uncertainty, worry, distraction, and wonder that we face in light of life events that leave us breathless for hope and help. We often fail to grasp how divine participation in the human story is actually what God's story is all about. Our stories are God's story. Personal narratives, then and now, seem to be the ways in which God works best as Scripture is transformed from static story to a conversation that informs our own modern dilemmas and uncertainties. Today's reader can engage with ancient and familiar tales through the lens of pondering where God might be at work in our own lives as well.
As today's Church is in an unsettling transition, today's spiritual seekers and those who have grown disenfranchised from or disillusioned with traditional spiritual approaches will find a fresh perspective that opens their own story to the overwhelming constancy of God's grace and love.
Part One God's Storyboard
Chapter 1 The Promise God Just Doesn't Forget: A Story of God's Covenant with Abraham
Chapter 2 Who Do People Say That I Am? A Story of Peter and Jesus
Part Two When Faith and Fear Collide
Chapter 3 God Leaves No Fingerprints: A Story of Nicodemus
Chapter 4 When Faith and Fear Collide: A Story of Jairus and the Story of the Hemorrhaging Woman
Chapter 5 Under the Broom Tree: A Story of Elijah
Chapter 6 Do You Know God's First Name? A Story of Aaron and the Golden Calf
Chapter 7 People of Fear – People of Promise: A Story of the Shepherd
Part Three The Bleeding Edge
Chapter 8 Whom Do You Seek? A Story of Mary of Magdalene at the Tomb
Chapter 9 Good News Comes . . . Even for the Betrayer: A Story of Judas Iscariot
Chapter 10 The Breaking of the Bread: A Story of the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus
Chapter 11 Who Will I Be When the Geese Fly North? A Story of Carole
Part Four Letting God Be God
Chapter 12 The God of Surprises: A Story of Peter and Cornelius
Chapter 13 Hidden in Plain Sight: A Story of Joseph, Jesus' Stepdad
Chapter 14 When Love Came to Town: A Story of Peter, Paul, and Alyssa
Part Five Trusting An Unknown Future to a Known God
Chapter 15 Visible But Invisible: A Story of the Man Blind from Birth
Chapter 16 Discovering the New Normal: A Story of Despair¬––A Story of Healing
Chapter 17 Where Do You Put the Spaces? A Story of Discovering God in the Neighborhood
Conclusion The Light Shines Through: Transforming the Gloom
"Wageman offers productive connection exercises and pondering questions that enable the reader to dig deep into our biblical ancestors. Similar to an actor fleshing out a character, this practice helps us better understand those who came before us and identify ourselves in their stories."
––Jamie Martin-Currie, Missioner for Christian Formation in the Diocese of Texas and President of Forma.
"Here is a rare book. It is inspiring, informative, and innovative. Carole Wageman has given us a fresh way to enter the biblical story and make it our own."
––The Right Reverend Steven Charleston, visiting professor of Native American traditions at the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University
"Carole gives us stories and insights that are approachable, yet also invite us to go deeper. Wonderful illustrations and stories make this book a help for preachers as well as a guide for people wanting to explore their Christian faith. Writing from Vermont, she bring the simplicity and deep strength of northern New England to her writing."
––The Reverend Thaddeus Bennett, vocational faculty for CREDO, with previous parish ministry in California, Connecticut, and Vermont
"Under Carole Wageman's light touch these familiar stories from Scripture come alive with fresh images and invite us to reflect and interact with the material in a deep and satisfying way. I heartedly recommend this lovely book."
––The Very Rev. Diane Nancekivell, President, Kids4Peace International