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Product Details

  • Series: The Story
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310332729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Oak Hills is one of the largest churches in America, where Randy teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado.  An emerging leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign.  He is the author of The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church 2.0,  The Christian Life Profile Assessment, and coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife Rozanne.  


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Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Randy is the author of The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile Assessment, Renovation of the Heart Student Edition and coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife, Rozanne. Randy and Rozanne, have four children and one granddaughter.



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All that said, I think you should read this book!
Leah Kelton
In the Book, Frazee does a fantastic job of looking at the Bible and connecting it to our own stories.
M. Perkins
We are studying the Story in our adult Sunday School class and in our church services.
Susan Hill Barrick

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leah Kelton on October 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
The bigger picture has always captivated me.

The idea that God is on a rescue mission to restore the world He created and the people in it to relationship with Him-- and how everything in the story of our lives, and all the individual stories we're living, are all working together to that end, and how, in fact, we are invited to play a part in that rescue mission story... It puts things in perspective.

Randy Frazee calls this bigger picture the 'upper story' in his book The Heart of the Story: God's Masterful Design to Restore His People. He calls our circumstances as we see them through our human experiences the 'lower story'. What I loved about this book was the idea of taking the whole entire bible--the hundreds of memorable and not so memorable 'lower' stories of human experience -- and making a basic summary of it to repaint it in light of the upper story, the bigger picture. In these stories innumerable many of us have grown up hearing about, the characters were firmly entrenched in their own lower stories of human circumstance, just like you and I. And yet, when we stand back and look at the bigger picture the Word of God is showing, we can see the upper story significance of each individual character's lower story (Have I driven home enough the 'story' idea yet?). There is something so innately encouraging in that. I happen to be firmly entrenched in my own lower story, and need constant reminders of that upper story God's unfolding just beyond my human vision, closer than my circumstances tell...

I was excited when I was offered this book for review because I relished the idea of digesting the whole entire story of the Bible all in one big gulp.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EvangelismCoach on September 13, 2011
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I think of people in my church right now.

We have a mix of people who are searching, but have not yet made a faith committment, new in the faith, but don't know how to read the bible, learning basic bible stories since they have never read the bible before.

Our church has many people who lack a basic biblical literacy that Christians have. They are new believers from unchurched background who are just now starting to read scriptures.

Like the newest members of our church congregation, if you are not familiar with the story line of Scripture, The Heart of the Story would be a great place to start.

I can imagine churches giving this book to first time church visitors, new Christians, or even in using The Heart of the Story in a seeker oriented class. It could also serve a rightful place in a Christianity 101 type class, or as a personal 31 day devotional.

If you are just starting out in your Christian walk and want to have that big-picture overview of the narrative of Scripture, Frazee can be your guide. Along the way, Frazee makes several connections to our current life, particularly about how God can use ordinary and even unlikely people to advance His plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran on September 24, 2012
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I am teaching "The Story" in our adult Sunday School class. "I have found The Heart of the Story" to be a helpful addition to the background research for the lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis A. Cecil on January 4, 2012
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Have you ever wondered what you are missing? Why on earth is Numbers and Leviticus included in the Bible? Why must we suffer through some of the Old Testament. Why can't I just read the gospels and forget the rest? In his book The Heart of the Story by Randy Frazee he takes you on a journey. the thing is this journey is about YOU. It is about how God designed all of history to restore us His people. Randy steps us through many of the Major stories of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations and shows how these books and stories are apart of us. I once heard that in order to fully understand who you are you need to understand where you came from. This history included in the scriptures helps us to see God's design! The same God who has placed such detailed order and design to even the tiniest of molecules to the most distant star that no one might ever see; this same God has woven a detail into us that we need to understand. Thanks to Zondervan for giving me this chance to read this advanced copy. I recomend this book for personal, church, and small group study! I'll leave you with this video which tells you better what this book is about!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VicG on December 22, 2011
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Randy Frazee in his new book, "The Heart of the Story" published by Zondervan gives us God's Masterful Design to Restore His People.

From the back cover: Discover Your Story within the Grand Epic of God's One Story. The Heart of the Story will help you see God's Word in a new and inspiring light. In the Bible's seemingly disconnected stories you'll discover one grand, unfolding epic--God's story from Genesis onward, and your own story contained within it.

To understand the Bible, says author and pastor Randy Frazee, you need bifocal lenses, because two perspectives are involved. The Lower Story, our story, is actually many stories of men and women interacting with God in the daily course of life. The Upper Story is God's story, the tale of his great, overarching purpose that fits all the individual stories together like panels in one unified mural.

In 31 chapters, The Heart of the Story will open your eyes to God's master-plan unfolding in the lives of the Bible's characters--and in your own life. Discover the heart of God's Upper Story, and the joy that comes as you align your story with God's.

In the forward by Max Lucado he explains that in the context of God's Upper Story our Lower Story moments make sense. He uses the example of Joseph in the Egyptian prison seemingly wasting away. From the Lower Story angle his imprisonment makes no sense. However, when we look from the Upper Story angle we see that God protected Joseph while in prison so he could be used in the palace. If you feel that your life is running nowhere perhaps you are looking at it from the wrong angle.
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