Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore
This book is much different from Steven James books IÃ¢ÂÂve read previously. I certainly didnÃ¢ÂÂt expect to need that box of tissues while reading the introduction, but the beauty of it caused tears.
Steven James canÃ¢ÂÂt be boxed into any one genre. This is the old story made new from beginning to end.
Read this book and heed itÃ¢ÂÂs message. Your soul will rejoice.
August 30, 2012
30 Remarkable Stories That Show The Bible 1 Story
Steven James in his new book,, Ã¢ÂÂStoryÃ¢ÂÂ by Revell explores Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore.
From the Back Cover: Recapture the mystery of GodÃ¢ÂÂs 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 ChristÃ¢ÂÂs sacrifice. As he untangles the intricacies of the whole story of the Bible, you will rediscover the majesty and the mystery youÃ¢ÂÂve been missing.
In Ã¢ÂÂStoryÃ¢ÂÂ 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 canÃ¢ÂÂt have the resurrection without the cross, You canÃ¢ÂÂt have the cross without the birth in Bethlehem and you canÃ¢ÂÂt 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. Ã¢ÂÂStoryÃ¢ÂÂ is not a book that should be read in an hour, if you do you will miss all the flavor of these stories. Ã¢ÂÂStoryÃ¢ÂÂ 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.
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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 CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
August 30, 2012
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 Ã¢ÂÂ¥'s to rate this one but 5 Ã¢ÂÂ¥'s being the most I can give--Well, 5 Ã¢ÂÂ¥'s it is!!
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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.
August 30, 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?
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
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.
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.
Ã¢ÂÂAvailable August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Ã¢ÂÂ
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.
August 28, 2012