We are all busy, very busy.
We may have heard that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Even if we own a Bible, few of us actually read it. Those of us who do aren‟t always sure where to start. If only there was an easy-to-digest study that summarized the main characters, the plot, and the culmination in a way that was fast, fun, and understandable ... something that you could read on a flight, at your child‟s soccer practice, or while bored in study hall.
The goal of Fast Track is to introduce the entire Bible quickly, in a format that can be read in one sitting. We‟ll whisk you through the main ideas of scripture in a way that is meant to be fun, memorable, and easy to follow. We hope that once you‟ve read it, you will be intrigued enough, and have the confidence, to pick up the Bible itself and read the details for yourself.
Before we dive in, keep these helpful hints in mind. Fast Track is divided into eight sections to help partition its central themes: The Beginning, The Conquests, The Monarchs, The Predictions, The Doubts, The Christ, The Church and The End. Every good story has its major movements; these sections are the major movements of the Bible.
Each section begins by introducing us to a theme, the books of the Bible being covered, and the main topic, along with nine memory icons to help us retain the key ideas. These icons act as a road map. They‟ll help move the plot-line along and keep things unified from section to section. They will also trigger our memory later, when thinking back over the Bible‟s big picture themes and historical arcs. As you flip through the pages and events, you can always look back at the icons to track the key ideas or events covered in each section.
So in the spirit of moving fast, we‟ll wrap up the introduction there. Let‟s get on the track at the beginning: the Book of Genesis.