Sunday, November 1, 2015

Think you're the main character in your life story? @Hattonkb's new book wants to challenge your thinking

Book info
About the book:
Get Your Story Straight
(New Growth Press, October 2015)

What's your story?

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.

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About the author:
Kristen Hatton is a native Texan now putting roots down in Edmond, OK with her church-planter/pastor husband and their three children. With a public relations background from Southern Methodist University, Kristen has a wide array of professional experiences, none of which she counts as important as the job of being a "present" mom. Through leading a small group Bible study of teenagers, she has discovered her passion for teaching and writing about God's grace.

Find Kristen online:
website, Twitter, Facebook

My Review:
This Bible study is excellent and perfect for teens, but also one that adults would enjoy and learn from.  I love the layout of this as it is divided by weeks and days, meaning that day 1 begins with a Bible passage which is the basis for the week's study.  I love how this really allows the reader to really delve into the passage and ponder on it for days instead of just reading it, and spending a few moments and moving on to something else the next day.  This is really an in depth study that puts you right into the passage as you are asked to identify the conflict, the characters, the speaker, the main idea, everything that makes the passage come together.  I am excited to really take my time going through this and sharing it with others. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*

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