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Learning God's Story of Grace (Living Story, Book 1) Spiral-bound – May 27, 2011
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"Her grasp of the mundane and miraculous and their interplay gives a depth and honesty to her story that tugs at the heart and gives us hope our story can matter. Her book will be a clarion call to bring our broken, holy, troubled, and glorious life to the author of all stories: Jesus." --Dan B. Allender, Author of The Wounded Heart, The Healing Path, and To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future
"Elizabeth draws me to understand God's story, my story, and Scripture like few others." --Shari Thomas, Founding Director, Parakaleo
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The grand narrative of Scripture is the greatest story in the world. It sings a song of redemption in four parts: creation, the fall, redemption, and consummation. Woven through each part of the story is the unifying theme of shalom: peace, wholeness, and harmony. This great story tells how the peace of shalom began, how it was lost and hopelessly sought, how it was partially restored, and how it will one day be restored in full. Scripture shows us that the smaller stories of our own lives matter, too. Our stories fit and find meaning in the Bible's grand storyand the narrative of shalom explains the loss, search, and future restoration of peace in our own lives. In this meaningful, inviting, and encouraging study, Elizabeth Turnage lays out God's grand story and helps you see where your own story fits. Engaging questions allow you to apply not only the study, but the entire story itself, to your own life. Unique sections help you to engage Scripture and live out the gospel in your own story. The Bible exhorts us to know and tell our stories and how they fit into God's grand narrative, for only then will we find meaning. This engaging, welcoming guide is where it all starts.
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Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage
In this meaningful, inviting, and encouraging study, Elizabeth Turnage lays out God's grand story and helps you see where your own story fits. Engaging questions allow you to apply not only the study, but the entire story itself, to your own life. Unique sections help you to engage Scripture and live out the gospel in your own story.
The Bible exhorts us to know and tell our stories and how they fit into God's grand narrative, for only then will we find meaning. This engaging, welcoming guide is where it all starts.
This is a great book that works through scripture to provide the story of God's Grace that centers on the work of Christ. It was an easy read and difficult to put down. It was split into chapters by themes and along with daily readings of 1-5. Also included in each chapter are tips on how to write a prayer with some information to flush out your prayer. It was full of information that will grow one's knowledge of the Bible and how to see Christ's work in one's life. The guide at the beginning provides a lot of information that will help one to interact with the story of God's grace rather than being a passive reader. This an exciting new series that is a welcome addition to books for woman that have a great supply of substance for learning more about God's story of grace.
I would like to thank Net Galley and P & R Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
But first, disclosures. Elizabeth took both Greek and Hebrew from me, and the publisher provided me with a free review copy of the book. I want to thank both author and publisher for this opportunity.
Including front and back matter, this book is just 128 pages. It's spiral bound, which is helpful in a book which is likely to be used as a workbook. It is divided into seven lessons plus an epilogue. Each lesson (except for one) is divided into activities for five days. I might have preferred a few more notes on working as a group, which is clearly the place to use this material. Nonetheless, readers should have no problem either leading or participating in a small group using this study.
The approach begins with engaging a passage of scripture (you can find the details on page 14), and ends with living and then praying the story, thus making it part of your life. From my own experience with small groups, this latter part will be the most challenging as people often shy away from directly moving to action and prayer from what they learn in scripture. Combining both living and praying drives the student to truly make the scripture story part of his or her own life.
The first lesson uses Psalm 78. I must admit that using that Psalm gives any work on Bible study bonus points. Following that Elizabeth takes on the creation story, but not in the way you might expect. She bypasses all the debates we may have about technical details and brings the story right into our lives. This theme runs through the rest of the book, tying creation with the new creation.
At the same time as she leads students through an approach to Bible study, Elizabeth also leads them through the overarching story of scripture, the story that contains all the rest of our stories.
I believe that any Bible student, Sunday School class, or small group would benefit from this study. Much of it is extremely simple in its intellectual content, and rightly so, but at the same time it is very challenging as a spiritual discipline. It is so easy to become very educated on complex details of theology without making it part of one's own life. This book provides an antidote to that problem.
I enthusiastically recommend this little book to those who want to let God's Word change their lives.