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Author: John Eldredge
Publisher: Nelson Books
106 pages

Sitting in a good comfortable easy chair reading the latest novel by your favorite author. Resting on the couch and watching your favorite adventure film or mystery with a nice cool drink and a bag of popcorn at your side. Talking with friends and discussing the latest rumors about upcoming films like King Kong or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  There is something special about the art of storytelling that reaches down into our deepest soul and brings out emotions that thrill us to the core. There is something within us that relates to the adventures of a Peter Pevensie or a Jack Driscoll in a way that makes them something more than just stories, more than just movies on a theatre or television screen. The other week I came home from a concert at a coffeehouse put on by a local Christian bookstore. I was frustrated and angry by the total lack of professionalism and creativity that I just had been subjected to. I turned on the TV and watched episodes of "Jag" and "Monk" and was carried away on a wave of creative storytelling and adventure which lifted my spirits and totally invigorated me.

In his book entitled Epic, author John Eldredge likens the sense of adventure that we experience from these kinds of books or films to our actual reality. For you see, we are in an real life story with heroes and a villain that has been going on since the dawn of time. It is the story of God's creation and plan for the world and the part that we play as characters in this epic story. It is the ultimate tale of good and evil which makes stories like The Lord of the Rings or Dracula pale in comparison. They are just mere shadows of the true story that we live and breath every day. When I hear a magnificent piece of music or see a great movie or finish a thrilling book, I have tasted a mere morsel of the feast that the true author has prepared for us.

Every really good story begins with some variation of "Once upon a time" and finishes with "And they lived happily ever after". The true story begins with "In the beginning" and actually there is no ending to it, for it continues on eternally, or as some wonderful prayers conclude "forever and ever, Amen". Anyone who has a bit of the creative spark flowing through their veins needs to read this wonderful little book. It is a fairly easy read which will inspire you to greater deeds of glory. 

Chris MacIntosh aka Grandfather Rock



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