Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less.
I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day.
Now available in Paperback and on Kindle
By popular request, a printed book version of the full set of summaries is now available on Amazon:
All the summaries are here on the website, and you can get an edited selection of summaries along with lots more background information on each book of the Bible in my @BibleIntro book, but I still have regular emails asking for a hard copy book of all the summaries.
I put the book together using CreateSpace, and I'm really pleased with the end product. It's definitely useful having the whole project in book form on my desk.
Thanks, as always, for your interest in the project!
My @BibleIntro book is released today!
It's a user-friendly Bible overview, written as an introduction for those new to Scripture and as a useful reference for experienced readers.
You can buy it in various places, including:
Find out more about the book.
@BibleIntro features an abridged selection of the Bible Summary summaries. The full set of summaries are here on the Bible Summary website.
I'm counting down to the launch of my @BibleIntro book with a rather random 40 days of Bible trivia, infographics, quizzes and memes.
The book is 'a Bible handbook for the Twitter generation". It gives a brief overview of each book of the Bible. My hope - as with the Bible Summary website - is that it will help people feel confident to read the Bible for themselves.
The book comes out on March 9 via Authentic Media.
Last Saturday marked one year since I completed the Bible Summary project. To be honest, I'm amazed that it's only a year. So much has happened since then!
Here are a few notes and reflections:
I continue to be amazed and humbled by the number of people visiting the website and getting in touch about the project. I thought the website traffic would drop off after I finished, but more people visited the website in the past year than did over the whole three-and-a-half years of the project. Students visit for help with their assignments, pastors visit for help with sermon prep, Bible study leaders visit to give context to their classes, people from all over the world visit to help them understand what they're reading in the Bible. I pray that these summaries help people to connect with Scripture itself, and through Scripture to God himself.
I can't believe how many opportunities have come up on the back of the project! My book '@BibleIntro' will be out on Authentic Media in March 2015; I recently spoke about Scripture in the Digital Age at the Christian New Media Conference in London; I've been working with various partners on offshoot projects; people regularly get in touch about licensing the summaries for other projects; and I've got a few more interesting possibilities waiting in the wings. It's an absolute joy and privilege to work with so many great people towards encouraging engagement with the Bible!
Regarding my own Bible engagement, I feel slightly embarrassed to admit that I haven't been very organised in the year since I finished. I still read the Bible almost every day, but there hasn't been a lot of structure to it. I've mostly been focussing on specific sections for a few days (recently, Psalm 88) rather than systematic reading. It's been a joy to have the liberty to do that after so many months of strict structure, but I'm beginning to feel that it would be helpful to have a more deliberate plan.
I have lots of other plans for the year to come! The biggest of those is that I'm going to relaunch the Twitter account early in 2015. Following your feedback, I will be posting the full set of summaries again, and I think I'll use the account to interact and get into conversation about the Bible. So stay tuned!
I can hardly believe there's still so much life in Bible Summary. I think the reason must be that I've rooted the project very deeply in Scripture, and there's always life in Scripture.
Thanks for reading, everyone!
Things have been a little quiet here over the past few weeks. That's partly because I've been discussing final changes to my @BibleIntro book with my editor. And partly because I've been finishing an EP of my worship songs.
I released 'Songs of Everlasting Hope' on July 3rd. It's five of my songs that we use at church, including a version of Psalm 40 ('I Waited for the Lord'), a paraphrase of Colossians 1 ('We Have Known Forgiveness') and an attempt at telling the whole story of salvation ('In the Silence of Beginning').
You can listen via Bandcamp below...
A fruitful time!
Things have been quiet here at the Bible Summary website. That's partly because I've been moving house. And partly because I've been finishing my @BibleIntro book!
I sent the final @BibleIntro manuscript to the publishers last Thursday - a day ahead of my deadline. (If only I had been that disciplined with writing at university!) The book is with an editor as we speak.
I'm pleased with what I've come up with. For each book of the Bible I give a short introduction, the key characters, a key passage, summaries of the key chapters and some thoughts towards applying the message of the book to life.
The book is currently due to be released early 2015. I'll keep you posted here. And do follow the @BibleIntro Twitter account for all the latest.
I've mentioned before that I'm working on a couple of writing projects following on from Bible Summary. It's time to say a little bit more about the first of those...
I'm writing a book for Authentic Media called @BibleIntro. It's an overview of the Bible, aimed at anyone who's followed @biblesummary and who wants to continue getting to grips with the Big Picture of Scripture.
You can follow my progress via the recently-launched @BibleIntro account on Twitter. I'll be tweeting notes, thoughts and questions that come up as I write.Follow @BibleIntro
I'm very excited to have this opportunity to continue encouraging people to get into reading Scripture for themselves.
Lets see where this goes...