Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Story, A Heart Exposed, and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermoreby Steven James
Recapture the mystery of God's story
With stunning imagery, powerful poetry, and real-life drama, Story is an inspiring journey from the creation of the world to eternity and everything in between. Consummate storyteller Steven James threads together familiar scenes from Scripture that will awaken your faith and inspire you to live in the/i>/b>
Recapture the mystery of God's story
With stunning imagery, powerful poetry, and real-life drama, Story is an inspiring journey from the creation of the world to eternity and everything in between. Consummate storyteller Steven James threads together familiar scenes from Scripture that will awaken your faith and inspire you to live in the reality of Christ's sacrifice. As he untangles the intricacies of the whole story of the Bible, you will rediscover the majesty and the mystery you've been missing.
"A journey full of wonder, tears, joy, despair, and hope revealed through the eyes and heart of a storyteller."Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Often beautiful, often haunting, and thoroughly compelling. . . . A reminder that Christ's promise of 'life, anew' is constantly with us, then, now, and always."BookPage
"James's luxuriant writing is deeply perceptive of the divinity, humanity, and mystery of Christ. The book is an astonishingly personal journey of God's love for weak, fallen humanity."CBA Retailers + Resources
Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Flirting with the Forbidden and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He has taught writing and creative storytelling on three continents and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
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This book made me smile, cry and share. I knew the stories told in the book, but the retelling by this author reminded me once again of the glory of God's story!
I began reading books authored by Steven James a little over a year ago. He captivated me with his Suspense filled "Patrick Bowers series." These books and Steven James quickly joined my "favorites" list. Having said this, I must share my Surprise in reading "STORY". The Patrick Bowers Series are without a doubt, some of the best psychological thrillers, I have EVER READ! At times, they can be very graphic, to say the least. When I heard Mr. James had released Story, and read the prompt, I could not wait to be able to read this! I wondered just how Mr. James would introduce his readers to this whole new realm of writing. He shared the intimacy of Gods Word along with his own experiences in comparison to the Scriptures. At times, the simplicity of sharing his thoughts and his heart toward the Lord and HIS Word would leave me in awe, having to just ponder all he shared. His Love for Jesus and the depth of his Faith comes through on every single page. His Joy shines as well as Mr. James' can take you from being very near to tears to laughing and relating to the circumstance he finds himself in. Thank you Mr. James for allowing your fans to see this side of you. The On Fire, Lover of Jesus, whose Trust is unwavering and Faith is unshakable! On the Back of your Book, it reads "Recapture the Mystery of God's Story" ~ In the pages of this book, God has recaptured ME and HIS Word is Alive in so many new ways! Thank You! There really aren't enough ♥'s to rate this one but 5 ♥'s being the most I can give--Well, 5 ♥'s it is!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Thank you Donna and Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me this amazing STORY by Steven James in exchange for my honest review.
Imagine a Story that begins before the Beginning and has no End; that begins in total Darkness and ends with total Light. It's a Story of absolute Love vs. absolute evil; the ultimate "happily ever after", where ever after never ends. It's the Story of Stories, and the beautiful thing is that it's all true. Steven James has done something no one else has done, to my knowledge, at least. He has taken the Bible and the complete story of Grace and Salvation and told it in story form. Interwoven with his own poetry, he writes with descriptive prose that at times is beautiful and at times so open and honest that it hurts to read. "oh, in the beginning, when you were alone, did you dream of someone like me? in the beginning, from soil and stone, when you breathed out a world to be . . . did you dream a great dream, did it glisten and gleam, for all of the angels to see? in the beginning, in the depths of your heart, were you thinking, already, of me? significance." As the story progresses through the ages, the poetry reflects the changes brought about by sin and evil. But then a sacrifice was offered to break the chains, but man's betrayal was instrumental in the sacrifice, and the author explores his own continued betrayal. "judas betrayed you for thirty pieces of silver. forgive me for all the times i've done it for free. yet you've chosen to call me friend. help me to live like it. i'm both captured and set free by the mystery of your love. enigma." Happily for all mankind, there is a happily ever after possible, and the author shares this with the reader. This could easily be used to share the Gospel with someone unfamiliar with the Bible or who is uncomfortable with the traditional "trappings". But I also think that those of us who are , in the author's words, participants in the Story, can benefit from being reminded of the love extended to us through the ages. And, not only can it be a spiritual experience, but the book is just beautifully written. I will be recommending this to anyone who will listen. 5 stars “Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
Steven James, in Story, writes the salvation story through his eyes as a writer and believer from Eden to evermore. You will find the story line to be unique to Steve, yet basically true to the Word. Sometimes he gets you to asking more questions than you had before you opened his book, but that is a good thing, as it stretches your own understanding of God’s words. His literary license embellishes on the stories (as Biblical fiction) versus the more concise version in the Bible. It’s what brings the stories to life, similar to how Jesus told His stories to make a point. You will see a different side of the author than you do in his thrillers, such as The Pawn, The Pawn, etc. It’s just as riveting and thorough, and his style is as rich and complete. His book is filled with many of his original, personal poems that sink down into your heart. Take the time to read them slowly to glean all he has to say. Here are a few that spoke to me: 1. touching the unseen the path is narrow, my heart is hard, guide my feet. break me, God, for i will not bend, and i’m not shaped as i should be anymore. submission. 2. touching the unseen the sweet wine of your blood is on my lips the tender mystery of your body is on my tongue in the background of this meal i can hear the desperate shrieks of the Egyptians and the gentle whisper of death passing over the door frame of my soul. your heart was broken on that cross, and your blood has soaked deeply into the wood of my days. remembrance. 3. touching the unseen i was there– in your heart on you mind within your love. i was there when they crucified my lord. shivers. I do struggle with the author’s rendition of the whole Godhead dying on the cross, as that to me denies the Trinity, mainly because Jesus knew He was being forsaken by God since He was carrying the load of our sins and punishment on Himself. Despite my interpretation, The Story will help you find or rediscover the love of God through His redemptive salvation story. This book was provided by Donna Hausler of Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Blend of poetry, journal like entries, a reflective story telling tone, "Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore" by Steven James is a personal look through the whole Bible; Blending familiar tales with writing that brings the reader in, as if reading the personal journal of Steven James, I was captivated how Steven was able to blend the modern with the ever-lasting, bringing to life, the Bible. Not a usual commentary of the Bible,"Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore" is a 203 page, softcover personal insight, that for me, really just brought out the poetry that is life and that is of the Bible. There is just a sense of longing in Steven James book, a sense of humanity that creates a rich and emotionally charged book that had me looking at the Bible in a whole new life, in the backdrop of modern day experiences, reaching into the past and looking toward the future. "Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore" reminds us in one part of the book, "The story I see woven all throughout Scripture is a tale of passion and sacrifice-not a deal brokered between a lawyer and a judge. It was a gift given from a lover to his beloved in one final act of sacrificial love, he offers his life so that she might live." (from "Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore" ) I felt this book was very deep in how it really just reaches into the Bible and pulling examples of familiar stories while weaving those tales with not just personal anecdotes of experience, but challenging the reader to look at those stories, against the backdrop of contemporary society and with poetry that this thrown throughout the book, really just making this a personal journey for not just the writer, but to the readers, that he invites to read through this story of "Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore". The writing style is very free flowing yet structure, that sounds impossible, but it reminded me so much of a journal that is written, with all the personal emotions, and thoughts that reflects the author's own thoughts of reading the Bible and just a real feel of wanting the reader to understand, grasp and experience those very same feelings and insights that he, himself experienced while reading the Bible. This is not a simple, over the night, read or a book, just for vacation, but for those who really want to see the human, living, and just emotional richness that the Bible has to offer. If you are meeting Jesus for the first time, or have known Him for a while, this is a book that just re-opens, brings a new look at the Bible and takes the extraordinary to a whole new level. ***Thank you to Revell for the opportunity to read and review this complimentary copy***