I just finished reading a good book: T. Desmond Alexander’s From Eden to the New Jerusalem (Kregel, 2009). Alexander traces the story of Scripture from beginning to end, showing God’s plan for creation and our place in it. Though the book is very accessible (i.e. you don’t need a graduate degree to understand it), it offers helpful insights to those who have had years of formal study of the Bible (i.e. I learned a few things). It reminded me a lot of Greg Beale’s Temple and the Church’s Mission, which I’ve summarized elsewhere, but Alexander’s book is suitable for a wider audience. He includes scripture references in full to help make his points, and still manages to keep the book under 200 pages.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to better understand the Big Story that the Bible is telling, how the Old Testament and New Testament fit together, and what role the people of God play in the unfolding of God’s plan.