More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You

In December 2016, Jason Abbott (my co-pastor) and I are launching a book. It's about The Big Story of the Bible. It’s about God’s plan, as revealed from Genesis to Revelation, to “make [his] name great among the nations” (Malachi 1:11). At times, our lives can be very difficult. But seeing our lives in light of The Big Story—the beautiful story of God’s unfolding plan of redemption—gives us the perspective we need to carry on with purpose and joy.

Brant Hansen wrote the foreword. He’s a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and author of Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better. I just read a draft of his foreword; I can’t wait to share the whole thing with you.

How Can You Help? Would you like to help us with the project? First, we’ll need a dozen or so “beta readers”—people to read and comment on the manuscript before it’s published. Second, we’ll also need people (hopefully quite a few people!) to promote the book on social media. If you want to help with either of these, please send me an email ( or click here).


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I have especially appreciated the book reviews, several of which moved me to pick up a copy and study the text first-hand. What I have read has helped me both in my own spiritual life as well as in mentoring and counseling the young men of my congregation.
— T.R.
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— M.G.
Benjamin captures my interest through excellent writing, insightful book reviews, and personnel reflections. He tackles life’s obstacles, controversial topics, and provides hope in a way that’s compassionate and nonjudgmental.
— L.V.
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— G.S.
I have greatly enjoyed reading Benjamin’s blog. The content never lacks for timeliness, and often controversy. But more importantly, it never lacks for a “cut to the chase” biblical perspective, [all] delivered in a writing style that keeps me coming back for more.
— D.K.
I appreciate Benjamin’s honest, vulnerable style. He creatively weaves solid theological teaching with down-to-earth ideas. His writing reveals his passion to see God glorified as people learn to live out the Gospel in all areas of life.
— D.T.