Friday, June 3, 2011

Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge

This short volume is a great introduction to the writing of John Eldredge. In relatively few pages, Eldredge takes the whole of redemptive history, from eternity past to the final judgement, and explains it in a manner that practically anyone can understand. By referencing stories we all know and love, like Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, and The Chronicles of Narnia, Eldredge shows how we are all created to be a part of something larger, how evil came to be, the ongoing spiritual battle for the hearts of men, and the eventual restoration.
This is a great book to help understand what God is doing in this world. Eldredge also succeeds in demolishing certain aspects of Christianity that we may have misunderstood. For example, when speaking of heaven, he states, "I've heard innumerable times that 'we shall worship God forever.' That 'we shall sing one glorious hymn after another, forever and ever, amen.' It sounds like hell to me"(p. 80). If nothing else, Eldredge challenges us to look past what we've been told, and look to God and the Scriptures fior what reality truly is.

Eldredge, John. Epic: The Story God Is Telling. Nashville. Thomas Nelson

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