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The Insect and the Buffalo: how the story of the Bible changes everything by [Shamy, Andrew, Allpress, Roshan]
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When we read the Bible, it's easy to feel like God wrote the wrong book. We come with twenty-first century problems and we are given a collection of ancient stories. Yet these stories form a unified narrative, one that points us to Jesus, and through Jesus, reshapes the way we see the world.

The Insect and the Buffalo is a short introduction, designed to help you re-read, re-think and re-engage with the Bible.

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"Nothing is more urgent for the church today than learning to live in the story of the Bible. This delightful little book will enable the young reader to hear God's story in contemporary language and imagery. In fact, any Christian could benefit from taking some time to enjoy this creative little summary of the story of salvation. I heartily recommend this creative book as a faithful and appealing sketch of the true story of the world."
Michael W. Goheen
Geneva Professor of Worldview and Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.
Teaching Fellow in Mission Studies, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

"Our world is directionless and lost. Like the proverbial bull in a China shop, our culture rampages forward with seemingly no thought for consequence, cost or coherence. What we desperately lack is a story, an expansive framework of meaning which brings wholeness, purpose and life. The Insect and the Buffalo is a brilliant and concise reminder that tucked away at the back of our dusty bookshelves, is such a life breathing story. Allpress and Shamy coax us to step back, look up and drink in the grandeur the narrative arc of redemption that is found in the collection of books known as the bible. Essential reading for anyone engaged in ministry and mission in the 21st century West."
Mark Sayers
Cultural Commentator and author

"When the Bible is reduced to motivational maxims, the credibility of faith itself is on the line. We need a generation of leaders who know the historical Gospel and who read the Bible intelligently in the light of it. The Insect and the Buffalo is exactly what we needed. Short, witty, sensible, and always geared to the big story. There is nothing like it. Nothing. Get it and read it."
Dr Mark Strom
Former Principal, Laidlaw College

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Publisher: Compass Foundation (10 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3UGGY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and fresh 10 January 2015
By Eric Stoltzfus - Published on
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I was pleasantly caught by surprise as I read the "most famous book of all time" in a fresh, simple, and engaging narrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting 7 January 2012
By Avih Dreeder - Published on
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I found this book I was looking for a book on Old Testament culture and customs. When I read the first part of the first chapter, about the sociologist studying the BaMbuti tribe, I thought I had found what I was looking for, but it turns out it's not. I'm about a third of the way through so far (may update my review later), and the author does summarize some of the main Old Testament stories to help us see how we fit, although I wish it had gone deeper. This is probably a good read for someone new to the Bible, or who is returning to study the Bible with a fresh perspective. Just was not what I was thinking I would get when I purchased it. I'm also wondering - why so few reviews? Are there really so few readers (the book was published in April of 2011)? Most of the books I have read on Amazon have dozens if not hundreds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could have read this when I was a teenager 13 April 2011
By Abigail Temby - Published on
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I wish there had been something like The Insect and Buffalo available when I was a teenager. It explains how the biblical narrative is all telling the same story; that its not just a whole lot of disjointed accounts of particular people throughout history; that I'm part of that very same story. It certainly would have made the transition to university (college), and then into the workforce, easier.

When I was growing up, I was taught to summarize the Bible something like this: God sent Jesus to earth to die so I didn't have to. That's over simplifying it, but it left me with a lot of questions about the Bible. If the Christian faith is mainly about Jesus, why does it take him so long to turn up? Why not just have the gospels, the creation account and those stories we get taught in Sunday School? I couldn't see what I was supposed to do with all the other bits, so I did what most people do, I suppose - I didn't really read them. I was also unsure of how what I read was supposed to shape me.

I've given copies of this to friends and have encouraged others to buy it. Some where grandparents and others were teenagers. It reads like it was written for adults, but it's definately worth getting copies for youth and young adults you know. The Insect and Buffalo is not the first book I read that showed me how the whole Bible fits together, but it is the shortest, and a fairly easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and easy but with surprising depth 21 April 2011
By Annette - Published on
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I found this book a really helpful in giving me a lens for looking at the bible. I've grown up with the bible and wrestled with it. I often haven't known how to approach a text that people seem to be able to be used to justify whatever position people want it to.
What I loved about this little book was that it showed me that the bible is a story, with history. It has a context and there are rich threads that run through it that tell an incredible story of God and his creation and care of this world. The ideas aren't new--but they are succinctly and quite beautifully conveyed. It is very accessible. Only takes an hour or so to read. I highly recommend it.

A favourite quote: "We are to live in between the two ends of the story. We are to be the new world, in amongst the old. We are cracks in space and time, letting the future in, and it is through communities living like this, led by the Holy Spirit, that God is redeeming his creation."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dispelling the myth of the Gospel's irrelevance 25 May 2011
By Joshua - Published on
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Why do I love this book?

Allpress and Shamy put it brilliantly in their second chapter: "When we read the bible it's easy to feel like God wrote the wrong book... the bible seems surprisingly silent about our lives and issues... And, it doesn't set out a systematic theology of doctrines that we must believe."

They essentially ask what many young Christians are asking right now; 'How should this collection of ancient historical records, letters and poems have any bearing whatsoever on my life, here and now, in the 21st century?'

Not only do they answer this with intelligence and humour, but in so doing they call the reader into a more profound understanding of the all-encompassing and audacious claims made by this Gospel story.