The Heart of the Story: Tracing God's Big Idea through Every Story in the Bible
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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X .75 (inches)
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Series: The Story
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Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church, one of the largest churches in America, leading alongside author and pastor Max Lucado. A leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign. He is also the author of The Heart of the Story, The Connecting Church 2.0, and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in San Antonio, Texas.
Frazee summarizes and comments on the Bible, showing how the stories fit together and connect to life today. Frazee's main premise is that God's perspective of the things that happen in life is often very different from man's perspective. Gods thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). Frazee says that our goal should be to align ourselves more with Gods story.
For those who grew up in church, the book offers nothing new or insightful. At first, it seems to have the potential to benefit people less familiar with the Bible, but it doesnt sustain that momentum. It lacks organization and it fails to follow through on key matters with specific biblical references, parables, or spiritual lessons. The Heart of the Story is essentially a CliffsNotes version of the Bible, but scattered through the book are errors in direct quotations, story interpretations, and personal applications. In an attempt to be more interesting, some comments compromise the books accuracy to the details of the Bible text. Therefore, I hesitate to recommend this book to someone who is unfamiliar with Scripture. Grace C. Yates, www.ChrstianBookPreviews.com
Nicole4RevivalSaginaw, MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What a powerful tool!December 21, 2012Nicole4RevivalSaginaw, MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I first chose this book with a college student who was having trouble understanding the point of the Bible . She & I loved it! Randy's book is readable, clear, helpful & (most importantly) practical. What a difference it has made to have a tool to help college students understand God's "upper story" & how our "lower story" lives fit into His exciting purposes. It helps them see how the Bible IS relevant to their lives...not just a bunch of stories. I now order this book by the dozen, and am using "The Story" adult curriculum to give newcomers to the Bible an overview--before they deep dive into specific passages. Definitely one of the most useful & powerful Bible tools I have ever had!
DouglaskyAge: 35-441 Stars Out Of 5Poor fact checkersNovember 24, 2012DouglaskyAge: 35-44Quality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I am very surprised at the example of the size of the earth compared to the moon. Why would this mistake happen - especially on the second page. How could the earth be smaller than the moon when reduced if it's 3.7 times larger than the moon now? This does not influence his overall point but makes this a difficult book to recommend. Which is sad because I feel the overall series is excellent for introducing people with little background to the Bible.
Daiv1 Stars Out Of 5Not heresy, but just weakSeptember 10, 2012DaivQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I've not read this entire book, but what I have read comes across as a little too man-centered and not God-centered. The impression I get from this book is that God was sad and lonely so he created man. Not just that, but man is just the next-best thing to God himself. I would contend rather that man's importance is only because God chooses to interact with man, not because humans are intrinsically great.
I would recommend those interested to read the first few pages of "The Heart of the Story" and then read Psalm 8? These are essentially trying to communicate the same thing, but it is quickly apparent that the scripture is far more focused on the greatness of God than is Frazee. In the scripture, God is a creator to be feared, in Frazee's book, one gets the feeling that God is just a good pal - or was a good pal at least in the beginning. I would say that even prior to the fall, Adam and Eve were not God's "pal" - at least in the sense that two people are pals with each other on earth. This is evidenced in the book of Revelation (and places like Ezekiel, Isaiah, etc.) where there are once again perfect, sinless people and they fall on their face and cry "Holy, Holy, Holy" to God.
I guess if you need "milk" and not "solid food" then maybe reading "The Story" would get you started, but for any High-School or older literate person in the U.S. at least, reading the actual Bible itself shouldn't be that hard. I would say lack of effort is more the cause for biblical illiteracy than lack of comprehension. So read your bible from cover to cover - you don't even have to spend any money to do that.
smidginHarlingen , TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5disappointingMay 23, 2012smidginHarlingen , TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I found this book to be a little disappointing. I teach a Bible Class and expected this product to help me with ideals for teaching. Not really helpful.
MarciaGardendale, ALAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enthralling!!!January 10, 2012MarciaGardendale, ALAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI am currently leading a small group study on this series. The Heart of the Story is beautifully written and captures the beauty and majesty of God's very personal plan of redemption. A great study for Seekers or well seasoned Disciples.