The Old Testament is God's biography, the story of his passionate encounters with people and also a prequel to the story of Jesus. However, Yancey admits that like many Christians, he usually avoided the Old Testament. But a surprising discovery awaited Yancey when he began to explore how the Old Testament related to his life today. Those seemingly irrelevant Hebrew Scriptures took on a startling immediacy, portraying a passionate relationship between God and people against the broad backdrop of human experience.
With his candid, signature style, Yancey interacts with the Old Testament from the perspective of his own deeply personal journey. From Moses, the amazing prince of Egypt, to the psalmists turbulent emotions and the prophets oddball rantings, Yancey paints a picture of Israels God-- and ours-- that fills in the blanks of a solely New Testament vision of God.
Probing some carefully selected Old Testament books Yancey reveals how the Old Testament deals with the issues that trouble us most. The Old Testament in fact tackles what the New Testament often only skirts. And as you read with a fresh eye the prayers, poems, songs, and bedtime stories that Jesus so revered, you will gain a profound new understanding of Christ. "The more we comprehend the Old Testament," Yancey writes, "the more we comprehend Jesus."