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I’m reading Island Nights’ Entertainments by Robert Louis Stevenson at the moment. Stevenson is fascinating — one of the great storytellers of the past two centuries — let’s face it, anyone who can create Jekyl/Hyde and Long John Silver has got to be good. I’m thinking a lot about storytelling at the moment, partly because Claire and I have been writing children’s stories, and partly because I’m trying to think of a way to retell the big story of the Bible so that people grasp the narrative arc. We’re very good at mining the Bible for obscure points of theology and doctrine, but we forget that it’s a book of stories. Few things help people to understand the Bible more than grasping the overall shape of the narrative. All I need to do is come up with a new way of doing it…