Epic: The Story God Is Telling And The Role That Is Yours To Play

by John Eldredge

Hardcover, 2004




Life, for most of us, feels like a movie we've arrived to forty minutes late. Sure, good things happen, sometimes beautiful things. But tragic things happen too. What does it mean? We find ourselves in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, usually a confusing mixture of both, and we haven't a clue how to make sense of it all. No wonder we keep losing heart. We need to know the rest of the story. For when we were born, we were born into the midst of a great story begun before the dawn of time. A story of adventure, of risk and loss, heroism . . . and betrayal. A story where good is warring against evil, danger lurks around every corner, and glorious deeds wait to be done. Think of all those stories you've ever loved-there's a reason they stirred your heart. They've been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young. There is a larger story And you have a crucial role to play.… (more)


Thomas Nelson Inc (2004), Edition: First Edition, 104 pages

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LibraryThing member TrustHISlove
Second only to the Bible, this book is FABULOUS! It so clearly tells, "The Story God is Telling", and I highly recommend it to everybody! It's so intriguing that I believe it appeals to atheists (to see if the "non-existant" God has a story worth knowing) all the way over to the very mature
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LibraryThing member NGood
In approximately 100 pages John lays out the story of the world from before creation through the restoration of all things. This is a very moving book which causes you to see the larger story within which you live. John effectively shows how this story is woven into every other story we tell and
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how we long for the essential elements of this story to be true. This book contains compelling evidence of the claims of Christianity for those who may be struggling with doubt as well as motivational material for those who are struggling to live out the truths of the Gospel. I would highly recommend this book.
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LibraryThing member n_yay
A free gift I won. Interesting perspective on life. Nice quick read.
LibraryThing member krayoncolorz
I have read a lot of "spiritual" books as I am an ordained minister and I find it really interesting as I read other reviews of books such as this one, Rob Bell, Mike Yaconelli, and the like of emergent authors and find that people come down on these authors as not being Scriptually sound just
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because they do not agree with what these authors have to say. This just isn't true and it is okay if someone doesn't agree with a point of view and prefers more Traditional books but to say these authors are wrong I think is wrong. Now of course this is not a review but I just had to vent that.

Epic is a great book that shows the correlation of all of our media with the true story of God's creation. Every movie theme comes from Scripture. Good vs. Evil, wanting to be rescued, romance...it all originally came from Scripture. I would recommend this book to any one.
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LibraryThing member PastorBob
A wee book I wish I'd written :-) (And maybe one day I'll re-write LOL) This book uses some basic narrative thinking as a means to understanding our God given purpose and place in this world. John uses four 'acts' as a way to explain the pattern of God's story, and our lives within that story.
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While I think John articulates God's story well, part of his thesis is that God's story pattern is already written into our identity, meaning that our response to the great stories of our day is really a sign of God's purpose woven into our hearts. While I think John is entirely right, I think the book would have been better if it tackled the plot structures of story a little more precisely. John creates a 4 part narrative structure that may be convenient for him to get his ideas across, but that perhaps falls short of what is actually happening when we tell stories. His instincts are right, but there's much more to be said about our identity and purpose, and story. A narrative approach to our lives is very helpful, but it might take more than this book to get there.
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LibraryThing member jjvors
What is the greatest story ever told? What are the elements of great stories, great movies, great books, great plays? Why do these stories move us? Why do we perceive life as a story? Why do we want there to be a meaning to life? Why do we want to be heros and heroines?

John Eldredge answers all
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these questions and many more in his book "Epic: The Story God Is Telling". He ties all human history to many contemporary popular stories like "Lord of the Rings", "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Titanic", "Star Wars", and "The Matrix. He covers the source of the human spirit and our inmost longings from the beginning to time to the far future. He explains the source of evil and suffering in the world and the ultimate destiny of mankind. What is that? "And they lived happily ever after."
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LibraryThing member TrgLlyLibrarian
One of the most inspiring things I've read. Nice and short and sweet.
LibraryThing member deldevries
Epic is a great title for a book about the stories of heroes and our lives. Excellent!
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I went back and forth on how much to rate this book. It is one I will consider keeping and might read again (which is one of my criteria for a 4-5 rating) and I did really enjoy it (also one of my criteria for a 4-5 rating) but I did start it once before, put it down, and take it back up again
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(though in this case it was because I had too many other books started at the time and I wanted to read it at a time I could focus on its message) and some of the stories he references as examples are not ones I've seen which can make it hard to follow.

Eldredge claims that the stories that resonate the most with us have parallels to the Biblical story.

I have loved reading as long as I can remember. I also like watching movies. So it follows that I like a good story. That's probably one reason that Eldredge's approach resonates with me. It might not be the same for others who aren't as into those pasttimes.
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