(*DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE AS PART OF THE LITFUSE PUBLICITY BLOGGERS PROGRAM, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. NO OTHER FORM OF COMPENSATION WAS GIVEN, AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE MY OWN.)
Back Cover Copy:
We all tell stories to each other—stories about what happened when we were kids, stories about last night, and stories where we dream about the future. Some stories are funny, some are amazing, others are sad, but they all have something in common—each of us is the hero of our own story. Our thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams take center stage. But when it’s all about you, it’s also all up to you. You have to make life work, find meaning, and hope for the best even when you mess up or things go badly wrong.
But what if we were made for something different? What if the main character in our life story isn’t us, but it is the God who became like us and is now with us? What if being fully human means knowing him and growing to be like him? What if the way to be fully alive is to be caught up in Jesus’s story?
This 52-week devotional book and small group resource is designed to help you live with Jesus in his gospel story—the good news that your sins are forgiven, your future is assured, and following him is the only meaningful way to live. No matter your age, where you live, who your family is, or what your past, God wants you to experience the freedom that comes in being secure in his love.
Divided into three parts, starting with creation, each section progressively explores the idea that the whole Bible is the unfolding story of Jesus. Through this grid, who Jesus is and why we need him will shape your understanding of freedom and grace and how you grow to be like him. This yearlong study for teenagers and young adults is designed for individual devotional times, but a small group discussion guided by a mentor would help participants to absorb and live out the truths of each week’s teaching.
I’m a sucker for well-written devotionals. In fact, I’ve got another devotional lined up for next year. (Call me a Boy Scout, because I’m always prepared.) Anyway, as soon as the opportunity to review this book landed in my inbox, I jumped on it. Its premise intrigued me. A devotional geared towards teens? I love those! The tagline even states “A Teen’s Guide Towards Learning & Living the Gospel”. “Get Your Story Straight” isn’t just for learning the Gospel, but for developing a plan to live the Gospel as well. Isn’t that what we teenagers need? It’s important for us as young Christ-followers to formulate a plan on how exactly we will display our belief in the Gospel in our daily lives. This formulation is paramount because most of us will arrive at college in less time than we realize. Isn’t it better to have a solid foundation in the faith before then?
I think so.
But, then again, my opinion is only worth two cents.
So, let’s get on with the details on how this book can help you not only learn the Gospel but live it.