from Ransomed Heart's webpage -
"Life, for most of us, feels like a movie we’ve arrived to forty minutes late. Sure, good things happen, sometimes beautiful things. But tragic things happen, too. What does it mean? We find ourselves in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, usually a confusing mixture of both, and we haven’t a clue how to make sense of it all. No wonder we keep losing heart. We need to know the rest of the story. For when we were born, we were born into the midst of a great story begun before the dawn of time. A story of adventure, of risk and loss, heroism … and betrayal. A story where good is warring against evil, danger lurks around every corner, and glorious deeds wait to be done. Think of all those stories you’ve ever loved--there’s a reason they stirred your heart. They’ve been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young. There is a Larger Story. And you have a crucial role to play."
A few things that empowered and encouraged me while reading Epic...
- My hope is to be in Jesus Christ alone.
- Spiritual warfare is REAL, so we need other Christians surrounding us with prayer as we face the battle.
- God has a purpose and reason for MY life and YOUR life.
Direct quote from Epic -
"We have reached the moment where we, too, must find our courage and rise up to recover our hearts and fight for the hearts of others. The hour is late, and much time has been wasted. Jesus calls you to be his intimate ally once more. There are great things to be done and great sacrifices to be made. You won't lose heart if you know what's really gong on here, where the Story is headed and what your Lover has promised you."On the website for John and Staci Eldredge's ministry the following books are highlighted.
We offer a number of books and guided journals that present our message and our mission.
First came The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge. Life is more than chores, and Christianity is more than duty. It is a Sacred Romance--a great love story set in the midst of a life and death battle. This little treasure is on its way to becoming a classic, not because of our brilliance, but because it recovers the treasure of the Gospel. Together with its workbook, it offers a journey towards personal restoration through intimacy with a healing God.
The Journey of Desire arrived ... or was birthed ... out of the pain of Brent's death. But we all share the same dilemma--we long for life, and we're not sure where to find it. Sooner or later life will break your heart. Or numb it, bury it, set it aside. But there is nothing of greater importance than the life of our deep heart. And if we are to bring our hearts along in our life's journey, we simply must not, we cannot, abandon our desire. How you handle your deep desires is how you handle your heart.
Wild at Heart had been stirring in John for many, many years before it was written. There is something fierce, passionate, and wild in the heart of every man. That is how he bears the image of God. And the reason most men "live lives of quiet desperation" (Thoreau) is because men have been told that the reason God put them on earth is to be a good boy. To be nice. But every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.
Waking the Dead explores the power of God’s New Covenant with us--the power to restore our hearts and set them free. For the heart of the believer is no longer wicked--it is good. Your heart is good. How God restores us is usually experienced through Four Streams: Counseling, Healing, Walking with God, and Spiritual Warfare. This is how we discover that “the glory of God is man fully alive” (St. Irenaeus).
In Epic we explore the Larger Story. Think of all those movies you’ve ever loved, the stories that have stirred your heart--there’s a reason they move you so. They’ve been trying to tell you about the true Epic ever since you were young. It is a breathtaking story, and you play a crucial role.