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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.
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.
Although this devotional book is geared towards teenagers and young adults, I found it to be very beneficial for myself as well. My husband has even started using it during his men's Small Group study on Wednesday nights. It's one of the better devotionals I've read because it's not all about reading; It's also about engaging and answering questions.
There are three main parts to Get Your Story Straight:
Part I: Getting the Story Straight
The main focus of this part is that Jesus should be the center of our lives and we should strive to know his wills and ways.
Part II: My Life Mixed into the Story
Some sections include walking in the Spirit, life being a battlefield, and focusing on faith.
Part III: The Story in Me Lived Out with Others
Discussions include friendship foundations, being Christ's ambassadors, and real repentance
Each week's devotion is broken down into five days. The first day focuses on reading Bible Scriptures, then writing down observations from the passages and summarizing the main idea of the passages. Day two is reading material about how the scripture applies to your life. Day three is about going straight to the heart and answering questions openly and honestly. Day four is more questions regarding the scripture from day one. Day five is about journaling and prayer. There's a section to write down thoughts and reflections, and there's a written prayer that can be read aloud.
I've found Get Your Story Straight to be very eye-opening and it's making me look more into my own heart towards God. I like how each week focuses on different subjects and breaks it further down to day by day. It's helped me to understand the Bible more and learn how to apply it to my life.