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Life in the Big Story

By Heidi Johnston
April 2013 | Review by Paul Relf


We are part of an epic story. From Adam and Eve as they walked with God, to the charged anticipation of the Israelites as they prepared to enter the promised land; from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to the birth of the Church and beyond, God's plan for his people remains constant. "Life in the big Story" is a call to find our place in God's story. It is a call to hear his heartbeat and let it change our own. Without knowing him, without seeing his heart as it beats on every page from Genesis to Revelation, we will never understand what we are called to be. But when we do, we will catch a glimpse of something bigger than the lives we settle for. We will be drawn to delve deeper into God's Word, discovering for ourselves the joy of knowing the God who calls us his own. As the people of a Holy Lord, we will be challenged to live lives worthy of his name.

  • Publisher: IVP
  • ISBN: 978-1-84474-579-1
  • Pages: 192
  • Price: 8.99
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Book Review

Life in the Big Story
Heidi Johnston
192, £8.99
ISBN: 978-1-84474-579-1
Star Rating: 4 stars


This is a challenging but heart-warming book. It sets the context for the Christian life and is subtitled ‘Your place in God’s unfolding plan’.

     Using Deuteronomy as a base, it challenges readers to examine their life and ask themselves if they are living a life of holiness. By using Deuteronomy, the whole Bible is drawn together. The book helpfully shows how God’s plan fits together and is relevant to us today.

     It covers in 17 chapters many areas relating to Christian living, such as obedience, freedom, law, blessing, matters relating to family and work, and helping others. One chapter heading, ‘Living like you belong to God’, sums up the main theme.

     Despite the tough subject matter, the book is very readable. It is well illustrated from living examples, as well as being rooted in the context of Deuteronomy. The theology is soundly biblical and naturally comes to Jesus Christ and the cross in later chapters. There are lots of gems of application, which make it useful. I found myself underlining and highlighting many helpful points.

     This is suitable for newer and younger Christians, but will benefit and hopefully inspire all. It will help those who struggle to put their Christian faith into practice and will lead to a better grasp of the Bible as a whole, as well as giving a greater understanding of holiness.

Paul Relf


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