Not Just for Kids – The Bible Story Handbook

This book is a collaboration between John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and his wife, Kim Walton who has been teaching Sunday School for many years.  The book gives a summary of 175 of the stories in the Bible – yes all the famous and not so famous stories that Sunday School teachers repeat each year with flannel graph pictures.

Each summary is about 3 pages, which review the context of the story, the main teaching points, significant points of background and possibly most importantly, mistakes to avoid.

The Waltons consistently warn teachers from the common errors of moralizing from the text, but are encouraged to present the lessons the text does.

My wife (a long-term Sunday School teacher) and I, a pastor, have found this a very helpful took in working with young people.  It is readable for the lay person, but not dumbed down.

The Bible Story Handbook: A Resource for Teaching 175 Stories from the Bible, John H Walton and Kim E. Walton, 2010, Crossway, Wheaton.

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