We are story-making people. We love reading stories—and we love hearing the personal stories of others. We need stories, or narratives, to make sense of our world. And those stories shape our lives.
What is the story you have been told about the gospel? About God? About the Christian life? About Jesus? About the cross? About yourself? About heaven?
Your answers to these questions will form a story that will determine how your life will go. The answers reveal your ability to trust, to love, to hope—and even your capacity for joy. Any story worth giving the power to shape our lives must pass a simple test: is it beautiful, good, and true? If it is, then it is a magnificent story—and that is where transformation takes place.
From James Bryan Smith, author of the bestselling book Good and Beautiful God, comes this spiritual formation resource meant to help both individuals and groups understand the Magnificent Story of Christ in their lives. Soon to be followed by The Magnificent Journey: Living Deep in the Kingdom (Fall 2018) and The Magnificent Mission: Called and Sent by the Storyteller (Fall 2019), the field-tested material within includes spiritual practices at the end of each chapter.
Uncover the true story of beauty, goodness, and truth that will satisfy the ultimate longings of your heart.
- Get ready to go deep!
As I began The Magnificent Story, the discussion of “the three transcendentals” of beauty, goodness and truth made me think that this book would be a pleasant and uplifting look at our glorious God. Which it certainly was. But what I didn’t expect was the depth of theology that I would encounter. Chapter three is a beautiful explanation of the Trinity, successfully described to us non-theologians in a way that would make many pastors envious. Smith continues, in his easy-to-read style, to take us deeper into discussions of things like Christmas, Good Friday, Holy Saturday… and other elements of the magnificent story of God and how He has chosen to interact with humanity. I highly recommend this to anyone who has a desire to be drawn closer to the Triune God, but particularly to those who are afraid of God for any reason or who feel like they don’t know enough about God. This is a presentation of a gospel of beauty, goodness and truth – a story you don’t want to miss.
- Powerful theology that connects to real-life
James Bryan Smith tells the full Gospel with such grace. His masterful storytelling brings his solid theology to life. It's clear he has endeavored to live the Gospel. His passion for Christ is evident on every page.