Ten Keys for Unlocking the Bible by Colin Smith (Family Bookshelf)


10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible

Whenever I talk or write about family discipleship, I always stress the importance of understanding the “big picture” of the Bible: the overarching theme of redemption that runs all the way from Genesis to Revelation.

I’ve recommended resources I love to help teach our children this one big storyline, like The Jesus Storybook BibleGrandpa’s Box, and the What’s in the Bible DVDs.

But what if you aren’t familiar with the concept yourself? Well, I think any of the previously mentioned resources are great for any age and that even parents will benefit and learn from them! But if you’re looking for something geared more for adults, look no further than Ten Keys for Unlocking the Bible by Colin Smith. This little book and the accompanying DVD series, is fantastic at communicating the big picture of the Bible. We just recently went through the ten session DVD set with our small group and found it the perfect foundational study.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

“The whole Bible is one story. It begins in a garden, ends in a city and all the way through points us to Jesus Christ.
Ten Keys for Unlocking the Bible gives you the big picture of the Bible story. Like a high-altitude flight over a range of mountains, this small book will give you a good glimpse of the highest peaks.”

The book consists of an introduction and ten short chapters for each “key”:

  • The Garden
  • The Law
  • The Sacrifice
  • The Invitation
  • The Manger
  • The Cross
  • The Tomb
  • The Spirit
  • The Fight
  • The City

Each chapter ends with a prayer and discussion questions, and between each chapter is a short (less than 2 page) section called “The Story Continues…” that briefly fills in biblical history between the major events covered in each chapter.

Colin Smith has a gift for coming up with great illustrations to explain major concepts, and he’s able to clearly show how the entire Bible, from beginning to end, points to Christ.  Ten Keys for Unlocking the Bible is a wonderful resource to introduce the “big picture” of the Bible to anyone from junior high age on up. The book is perfect for individual use and the DVD series makes a fantastic group study. I think it’s one of the best studies our group has ever done! If this “flyover” whets your appetite for a more in-depth survey, Pastor Smith has done a more thorough treatment in a series of four books called Unlocking the Bible Story.

Ten Keys for Unlocking the Bible is definitely a resource worth having. I know I’ll be referring to it again, and I plan to use the DVD series with my older kids in the near future.

Moody Publishers provided me a review copy of this book, although we’d already purchased and used the DVD series, book, and participants’ guides. All opinions expressed are my own.

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