Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore [NOOK Book]

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Stories are an integral part of the human condition, the way we have passed on history and information and inspiration for millenia. Using the power of imagery and the drama of narrative, bestselling author and professional storyteller Steven James leads readers through a journey into the greatest story ever told. From creation to Christ's birth, from his first miracle to eternity and everything in between, readers will see familiar scenes from the Bible like they never have before. These stories, retold as only ...
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Overview

Stories are an integral part of the human condition, the way we have passed on history and information and inspiration for millenia. Using the power of imagery and the drama of narrative, bestselling author and professional storyteller Steven James leads readers through a journey into the greatest story ever told. From creation to Christ's birth, from his first miracle to eternity and everything in between, readers will see familiar scenes from the Bible like they never have before. These stories, retold as only Steven James can, will wake readers spiritually, re-inspire their faith journey, and jolt them into action.

Now repackaged, this well-received book is poised for renewed impact in the lives of believers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441238542
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 344,209
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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.
Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Placebo and the bestselling Bowers Files thriller series. He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    Steven James in his new book,, ┬┐Story┬┐ by Revell explores Our Jo

    Steven James in his new book,, “Story” by Revell explores Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore.

    From the Back Cover: 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.

    In “Story” Steven James takes on the task of telling us thirty Bible stories from Creation to Revelation that all fit together to give us a clearer picture of what the Bible is trying to tell us. God is trying to tell us that His story is all one story. Mr. James tells us you can’t have the resurrection without the cross, You can’t have the cross without the birth in Bethlehem and you can’t have the birth without the Garden Of Eden. The Bible is one big narrative and Mr. James, in his thirty stories, shows us how this narrative all comes together. These are remarkable stories that enhance what the Bible tells us and gives us a deeper appreciation of the events depicted. “Story” is not a book that should be read in an hour, if you do you will miss all the flavor of these stories. “Story” also is not a book that will be read once and then put on the shelf. On the contrary it is a book that will be referred back to over and over again. I liked this book a lot and recommend it highly! I think you will enjoy it as well and give it as gifts to your friends and loved ones. They will enjoy it and always remember you every time they read it.

    If you missed the interview for “The Knight”, a different series from Steven James, and/or would like to hear the previous interview where we discussed the first two books and would like to listen to it and/or listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    To listen to 24 hours a day non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    This book made me smile, cry and share. I knew the stories told

    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!

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    I began reading books authored by Steven James a little over a y

    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.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    THERE REALLY IS A HAPPILY EVER AFTER....

    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.”

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Steven James, in Story, writes the salvation story through his e

    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.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Blend of poetry, journal like entries, a reflective story tellin

    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***

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