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The Seven Stories that Shape your Life: Discover Your God Given Purpose Paperback – 16 Sep 2016
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I have been waiting for this book! Gerard has addressed questions many Christians like myself have been asking. If I have been recruited into the church solely so that I can recruit others, I may miss the primary calling on my life; I am here on planet earth to find my purpose! -- Debra Green OBE, Founder and Director Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) "Gerard is such a unique writer - with the soul of a poet, the mind of an academic and the style of a novelist, he makes reading both pleasant and purposeful. You will love this book. Wisdom and insight leak brilliantly from every page." --Cathy Madavan, Speaker, writer, member of Spring Harvest planning group and author of Digging for Diamonds.
About the Author
Gerard Kelly is a writer, preacher-poet, mac lover, coffee drinker and twitturgist. He and his wife Chrissie have lived and worked in the UK, France and the Netherlands and are popular speakers at conferences in Europe. In 1995 they founded Cafe-net, the European missions project that became The Bless Network in 2004. In 2009 they wrote 'Intimate with the Ultimate': a book on prayer and spirituality drawn from their many years of teaching and leadership across Europe. They currently live in Basse Normandy, France, where Bless are establishing a missional community.
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As someone who has been around the Christian block for a while (my whole life!) this has shed new light and new life into my faith, shaken off some of the old remnants of 'Sunday school God', and re-invited me back to the beauty and mystery of relationship rather than religion.
Gerard's writing style is beautiful and a real treat to read. It was a book I simultaneously wanted to devour and preserve as I didn't want it to end!
Highly recommended - especially if like me you've been round the Christian block for a while.
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Each chapter examines a theme that originally impacted specific people in Scripture and then was exhibited across the scope of the entire Bible revealing even more aspects of God's love. Then each chapter examines how we also experience this reality within our own lives, causing us to grow more deeply to love God as we comprehend this specific facet of His love for us and discover our purpose as a result.
I highly recommend The Seven Stories That Shape Your Life by Gerard Kelly. With an engaging storytelling voice, rather than ponderous theological terms and dry explanations of deep truths, this book brings together God's story, revealing His personality as shown by His loving actions. We glimpse God's dream for us. As we view Him more clearly, we are then impacted deeply and are drawn more closely in love toward Him and thus into action. It's a book to read and read again, camping in the places where He works at this very moment within our lives.
Buy. Read. Be blessed.
The seven stories are creation (the starting point for understanding who God is, who we are, how the two might be connected), vocation (called to be unique partners in God's purposes), liberation (seeing injustice through the passion of God, not our own), formation (shaped into God's people through worship), limitation (exile, experiencing loss as part of the purposes of God), incarnation (God's story is the essence of our story), and restoration (God's plan for the world through the blessing of the church).
Kelly has helped me understand what missional thinking is. “It is the discovery, development and deployment of the gifts God has given to each of us and to all of us.” (17) Each of us has a unique part in God's plan. We must understand who God is and what He wants and then receive the tools and training to connect with the mission of God in our world.
Kelly's book is a bit involved. A layman may have a tough time making it through the book and I would suggest it only if the person has an interest in understanding what missional thinking is and how it applies to his or her own Christian walk. This book seems suited best for church staff or leadership boards wanting to develop their own theology of mission. The book could also be a resource for a sermon series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
This book is interesting, the author uses people in the Bible to illustrate his points that we are here for a purpose.
The title can be misleading, this is not a book of stories, but rather like I stated, the author uses people in the Bible to illustrate our purpose here. An interesting read, thought provoking. Some may consider it a "dry" read; more of an intellectual type book.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
I found this book to be more for the intellectual reader. I could not follow the thought and considered it to be rather dry. Gerard Kelly did refer to people from the Bible but for the reader who is not scholarly in reading the Bible, this book would be hard to grasp.
This book would be great for preachers, church leaders and readers who have discernment in reading the Bible. It is not for the everyday layperson.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
The writing style is easy to follow and flows smoothly from topic to topic. I was given a review copy in exchange for a fair review.