Epic: The Story God Is Telling

Epic: The Story God Is Telling

by John Eldredge
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Guest More than 1 year ago

Upon beginning to read Eldredge¿s latest book, I found myself with a knife in one hand, a razor in the other, ready to cut, shred, slice and dice my way through--what I had falsely believed-- was going to be another milquetoast, week-kneed ¿inspirational¿ piece of nonsense foisted upon the unsuspecting masses. How very wrong my initial perceptions were! Rather than cutting and ripping my way through this book, I found my self pleasantly delighted by each wonderful page. I can honestly say that this is the best little book I¿ve read in the past year.

What is it about certain stories that capture the imagination and adoration of so many people? Just in the past fifty years or so, we have had the great pleasure of being blessed with many wonderful stories, both in book and film, like ¿The Lord of the Rings,¿ ¿The Chronicles of Narnia,¿ ¿Star Wars,¿ ¿The Matrix,¿ ¿Titanic¿ and a host of others. Something about these films and stories spoke to us on a deep, emotional level, bypassing our analytical minds and moving upon us in a genuinely spiritual fashion. Eldredge has discovered the common theme that unites all these wonderful stories, and shows us how they all are very similar to the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Could it be that all these famous, well known stories have become so popular because there is something in us that wants, or possibly even knows that they are true? Whether it be the heroics displayed upon the decks of the sinking Titanic, or the courageousness of two lonely little hobbits trekking across forlorn lands to destroy ultimate evil, there is something about those stories that we wish were true for ourselves. But what if these stories could, in fact, be speaking of a reality that is available for us? Is it possible that we too could live ¿happily ever after¿ upon completion of a heroic deed? The surprising but honest answer Eldredge gives us is a resounding ¿yes.¿

The ultimate story of all history is that of the God/man Jesus. Here is a man who lived a simple, but powerful life. He was a champion and a friend to many, and a bitter enemy and a thorn in the side of a few. But those few were the power-brokers of the day, and decided it would be convenient to do away with this miracle worker who so rudely upset their conscience. But the miracle worker, so quickly and violently put to death, had one last message he wanted to deliver before he left this planet: death is NOT the end, but the beginning of Real Life.

Eldredge correctly points out that films like ¿Titanic¿ and ¿Gladiator¿ succeed because they plainly show that there is life after death, there is a happy ending no matter the tragedy. Isn¿t that what we long for, hope for, pray for? Our lives are not just meaningless little accidents that are the results of random chemical reactions, but we are here for a purpose, not matter how wonderful or horrible the circumstances around us. But the purpose does not reach it¿s ultimate fulfillment until we¿ve reconciled with the Son of God.

In this short, six chapter book, Eldredge presents us with God¿s plan of salvation. But though he quotes from the Bible where appropriate, the book never, ever becomes one of those dry, dull theological treatments that read more like a recipe for meatloaf than an introduction to the living God. Theological terminology has been banned from this book, and it is all the better for it. Rather than aiming at the brain, Eldredge correctly and expertly aims at the heart, and hits the bulls-eye page after page. This book is the finest gospel presentation I¿ve ever come across in my many years of Christianity.

But there is a group who will hate this gem of a book, who will easily find tremendous fault with it. They would be the modern Pharisees of today, the holier-than-thou religious folk who can¿t stand a presentation of Jesus that can¿t be read without a theological dictionary in one hand and a King James Bible in the o

Barb Hartman More than 1 year ago
I bought this on my e-reader and now purchasing a hard copy to share with my family and friends! Amazing, quick read that fully explains the desire for a loving relationship that God has for US! If you have ever wondered why our loving, omnipotent, and omnipresent God allows bad things to happen, please read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a very quick read, but also extremely engaging. I was hooked after reading the first paragraph. If you are a movie-lover, this book will speak to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am buying copies for my friends and family! It is unlike anything i have ever read before. Profound and compelling....
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Slashers room. Smells rotten, dont you agreee?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way he tied some very good books/movies into the gospel!
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Joel_M More than 1 year ago
John Eldredge launches his fresh look at Gospel with this quote: "I wonder what sort of tale we've fallen into" (J. R. R. Tolkien, LOTR). Christianity is not a series of rules and church attendance, but the opportunity to participate in "the story God is telling." Eldredge draws frequent parallels with various books and movies to show that our best loved stories reflect God's great true story because "eternity is written in our hearts." This short book is both thought-provoking and beautiful.
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Rafikinhos More than 1 year ago
It's not too early to start thinking about gifts for Christmas and this is definately a great stocking stuffer which I entend to take full advantage of. I read this book on the recommendations of the readers ratings and all I can say is Thank You! Thank You! John Eldredge gave full insite of how we should look at ourselves as a story which does indeed have a happy ending if you've made the most important decision of your life...accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. I enjoyed this book tremendously. I did notice one error in print.."God made man a little lower than the angels"...not God. I can't rememeber what page that error is on...ayway I hope this correction is made in the next reprint. I would correct it in my copy...but I have a Nook. Other than that...this is definately a MUST READ!!!
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