These entertaining—yet thought-provoking—short stories are based on biblical incidents or themes, retold in fresh ways, sometimes with humor, subtle wit, or with a surprising twist. Cultural distance and over-familiarity often cause the biblical narratives to fail to shock or challenge us, and hence prevent their influence and power to transform our lives. Furthermore, our preconceived ideas about the Bible provide a lens through which we read and understand its contents. We should always be self-critical of our assumptions—ask any scientist. If you find yourself shocked as you read, it may be that it is your “lens” that is being challenged, rather than the Bible itself.