Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore  -     By: Steven James
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Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore

Revell / 2012 / Paperback

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Sometimes Bible stories lose their punch---especially when we hear them year after year. Here James breathes new life into familiar Scripture! Blending striking poetry with lyrical prose, he explores the intricacies of the whole Bible---from the creation to eternity---to help you rediscover the majesty and mystery of God's Word. 206 pages, softcover from Revell.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 206
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800720652
ISBN-13: 9780800720650
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. a sunny island
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 30, 2012
    sunny island breezes
    a sunny island
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is much different from Steven James books I've read previously. I certainly didn't expect to need that box of tissues while reading the introduction, but the beauty of it caused tears.

    Steven James can't be boxed into any one genre. This is the old story made new from beginning to end.

    Read this book and heed it's message. Your soul will rejoice.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    30 Remarkable Stories That Show The Bible 1 Story
    August 30, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captured Indeed!
    August 30, 2012
    Loren McGhee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. DAVENPORT, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    THERE REALLY IS A HAPPILY EVER AFTER...
    August 28, 2012
    THE SELF TAUGHT COOK
    DAVENPORT, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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."

    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.
  5. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Mystery Found in the Depth of Salvation
    August 28, 2012
    onedesertrose
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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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