Off the Shelf: After Chapters & Verses

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After Chapters & Verses: Engaging the Bible in the Coming Generations

By Christopher R. Smith

Something must be done to bring a stop to the steep decline in people who read and engage in God’s Word. Only through reading and understanding the Bible for what it really is, one big narrative, can this alarming trend be reversed.

After Chapters and Verses traces the history of the features that were added to the Bible, such as chapter and verse numbers, section headings, and study notes. It shows how these features make it more difficult, and actually get in the way of us understanding the Scriptures, and explains how International Bible Society (now Biblica) designed a new format to remove all these reading and comprehension roadblocks.

After Chapters and Verses also looks to the future, showing how we can read, study, preach, and teach the Bible more meaningfully and effectively by engaging its books and letters the way their authors purposefully intended.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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