Last year, on a day out, I found the book Epic by John Eldredge in a charity shop. The concept intrigued me, so I bought it. I read it very quickly, and here is my review on Goodreads:
What a brilliant book! since it’s only slim, it’s not daunting either, nor is the tone in which it’s written. I got this in a charity shop, but will be buying copies to give away. It’s perfect for Christians and non-Christians alike.
If you ever wondered what Christianity is all about once you take away the religious trappings, this is the book for you. If you’re already a Christian, it will thrill you and help you understand why the story is so important. Non-preachy, uses modern films as examples, this book explains simply the real story we find ourselves in, even if we don’t know it. Highly recommended, in fact, if I knew you would take it seriously, I would buy it for you.
Looking at the other reviews, they are a real mixed bag. Some people expected something different, and so they didn’t like it (After all, you don’t expect a book called Epic to be so small!). Some people didn’t like all the book and film references, and I suppose if you aren’t familiar with them, the references wouldn’t make sense. Some people didn’t like his style.
All these things are hazards for any book. Leaving those aside, the book has made a deep impression on a lot of people. Often as Christians we forget the bigger picture, or were never taught it in the first place. Our own personal struggles gain a new perspective when we look at God’s great plan. Here is part of the book description:
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.
If you don’t know the Epic, it’s time you found out.