Long Story Short



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Perfect for:

  • Newcomers classes
  • College or Young Adult Ministry
  • Home groups
  • Neighborhood Bible studies
  • Sunday School

In these pages you will:

  • Learn the big story of Scripture as a seamless whole
  • Engage with a highly readable book
  • Be challenged to think about familiar stories of the Bible in fresh ways

About the Study

The Bible can be daunting. It’s ancient, enormous, and sometimes challenging to understand. Long Story Short opens up the Christian Scriptures by sharing the biblical narrative in a way that requires no prior engagement with the Bible. It traces the big story of who God is and how he is saving the world through six simple movements: Creation; Fall, Israel; Jesus; Church; New Creation. With this framework in place, readers will not only understand how the little stories of the Bible fit together into a seamless whole, they will also be compelled to step into the drama to be part of its performance.

McNall writes in a compelling tongue-in-cheek style and has pop culture references scattered throughout. But rather than distract from the biblical story, it engages unchurched, de-churched, or over-churched groups with substantive truth about God’s character and the story of redemption. This book is for anyone who may find the Bible confusing, irrelevant, or inaccessible. Included at the end of each chapter are group/reflection questions, and references for sections of Bible reading that accompany that part of the scriptural story.

Preview the first chapter here.

“Joshua McNall in his engaging and witty little book Long Story Short, can help you understand the storied world in and of the Bible, and perhaps more importantly help you understand how actually you are in the story, and you must embrace it as yours.”
Dr. Ben Witherington III
Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

Long Story Short will make you smile, make you think, make you wince, make you wonder. It warmly welcomes you into fresh engagement with ancient truth. Josh masterfully connects the familiar with what we have yet to discover. Whether you read it personally or discuss it in a book club or small group, you’ll see yourself in God’s story.”
Wayne Schmidt
General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church

About the Author

Joshua McNall (PhD, Manchester) is assistant professor of theology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Brianna, have four young children and he blogs regularly at joshuamcnall.com


  • Length: Six Chapters
  • Page Count: 191 pages
  • Video accompaniment: Encouraged

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