Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

John Bennett, Pinxton, Nottingham [SEE PROFILE BELOW]

Precious Seed

Paperback, 192 pp.
Published by IVP, Norton Street, Nottingham, NG7 3HR, UK.
Price £8. 99.
ISBN 978-1-84474-579-1.

 

‘What a refreshing change this is’. So writes a well-known academic, author, and Bible teacher in his endorsement of this book. Indeed this is a volume which will perhaps offer some surprises for some readers. It encourages readers to confront the big questions of life and of our place in it – questions about each individual’s significance, purpose, and destiny. But who would think of looking in the book of Deuteronomy for answers to such questions? Our author does – with considerable impact, and without employing ecclesiastical and theological terms which might be off-putting to her target readership.

 

The book consists of seventeen chapters of about a dozen pages each, with headings such as: ‘Why bother with obedience?’, ‘Fear and Freedom’, ‘The call to holiness’, ‘The Word became flesh’. In retracing Israel’s history, the author allows the book of Deuteronomy to describe the crisis points in that chosen nation’s relationship with God, and identifies the precise parallels in His dealings with our own generation. She knows the value of understatement, and the power of ‘sweet reasonableness’, being content, when appropriate, to let the facts speak for themselves. Her method is deceptively simple, and uncomplicated; she takes some of the main events in Israel’s history, explains their significance, reinforces the lessons with illustrations taken from everyday life, and applies those lessons to ourselves. At the end of each chapter there are some questions suitable for group discussion, together with scripture references.  

 

The Foreword informs us that this volume ‘takes both believers and seekers on a pilgrimage to discover the meaning of our individual stories – our identity, our purpose, our destiny’. Although the book is aimed at a younger readership, its message transcends age groups: for the unbeliever, a call to repentance and faith; for the believer, the challenge of holy living. That the answers to life’s most important questions are to be found in scripture, and ultimately in our Lord Jesus Christ, is the theme of this book.

AUTHOR PROFILE: JOHN BENNETT is a member of the Precious Seed committee.

There are 27 articles in
ISSUE (2014, Volume 69 Issue 3)

Annanias

The Believer as a Servant

Bits and Bobs - What is ‘Nothing’?

The Chairman retires

Cregagh Street Assembly, Belfast, N. Ireland

Daniel's Prophecy of The Seventy Weeks - Part 5

Door-to-Door Work

Editorial - ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’, Phil

The Glory of His Coming

Josiah - Part 1

Led by His Hand - Malcolm Coombes, ex- R.N.

Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

The Power of Choice

The Priesthood

Question Time

Red Row, Northumberland, England

Reports

The Saviour God and His Servant King - Malcolm C. Davis.

The - Part 4Servant Songs of Isaiah

The Song of Zechariah - Timothy Cross

The Symbols of Headship

The Practical Effects of Prophetic Interpretation

Theos: The Greatest Title of Christ - Rick Morse

Views from the News

What does it mean to die with Christ? Luke 9. 18-27 - Part 1

Why does God allow Evil Men to Rule? - Part 1

A Word for Today: Advocate, Pleader, Intercessor (Gk. Para-kletos)

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Hezekiah’s Confession

The Central Role of the King

On-Line Bible version 1.41

Hezekiah’s Revival

Day by Day Bible Promises

Light & Life Literature

Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Hezekiah’s Revival

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Editorial

The Precious Seed Web Site

Day by Day Divine Titles

God and the Nations

Eternal Security

Editorial - ‘Who is Apollos?’ 1 Cor. 3. 6.

Editorial - ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil’, 1 Thess. 5. 22.

The Chuch in Smyrna

Eternal Security

Day by Day - Bible Commands

The King in Psalm 45

Man’s Attitude to Christ

All Things

The Fear of the Lord

Approved

Could you ever love me again? Bob Cretney

Day by Day - Pictures and Parables

Editorial

Editorial

Editorial

Book Reviews

Prayer Moves Mountains John Williams

Editorial

R. B. Jones – Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times N. Gibbard

Bible and Church Conference 2009 Peter Williams, Dirk Jongkind, Simon Gathercole

Christian Devotedness Anthony Norris Groves

Editorial

A Practical Theology of Missions: Dispelling the Mystery; Recovering the Passion

Psalm 119 For Life: Living Today In The Light Of The Word

Empty Arms Keren Baker

The Church the Body of Christ

On wings of prayer

Editorial - Do I seek to please men?

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King Asa

King Jehoshaphat

Baptism Jack Hay

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain

Editorial - ‘For if ye do these things ye shall never fall’

Editorial - ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love’, Gal. 5. 22

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The Tabernacle and the Offerings Albert Leckie

Roses, Marys & Others Betty Holt

Editorial - ‘Many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them’, Mark 2.

“Thank You, King James” – the tough life of Robert Hicks James Hastings

Editorial - ‘Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’, Matt. 28. 20.

Editorial - ‘Apollos . . . mighty in the scriptures’, Acts 18. 24.

Amaziah – ‘thine heart hath lifted thee up’

Editorial

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Working with Senior Citizens - Part 2

Editorial - ‘Touched with the feeling of our infirmities’, Heb 4. 15.

David Livingstone

Editorial - ‘In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace’, E

Voice in the Darkness - Della Letkeman

The Messiah in the Temple - Roger Liebi

Show & Tell Colin D. Jones

Life in the Big Story – Your Place in God’s Unfolding Plan - Heidi Johnston

Led by His Hand - Malcolm Coombes, ex- R.N.

The Saviour God and His Servant King - Malcolm C. Davis.

Frederick Stanley Arnot: 1858-1914

Editorial - ‘Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others’, Phil

Making Disciples – The Thessalonian Way Tim Mather

Biblical Principles of Leadership - Dr. Alexander Kurian

Possessing the Inheritance – a Concise Commentary on the Book of Joshua Malcolm C. Davis

Replacement Theology David Dunlap

Editorial

William Rhodes Lewis 1877-1964

Editorial

J. Charleton Steen, 1865 - 1931

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The Prophet Gad

William Trotter 1818-1865

The Epistle to Philemon - Part 1

Epistle to Philemon

Editorial

Henry Craik 1805-1866

Editorial

Changes in the Precious Seed Trust

John R. Caldwell

Chairman’s Notes

At His Feet - Part 1

The Gospel of Mark

First Samuel

At His Feet: John 11 - Weeping at His Feet

Second Samuel

The Gospel of Mark - Part 2

At His Feet - Part 3: John 12 - Worshipping at His Feet

General Data Protection Regulation - Article 29 of the EU

The Gospel of Mark - Part 3

Robert Eugene Sparks 1844-1918

TheGospel of Mark - Part 4

Their Finest Hour - Mary Magdalene

Chairman’s Notes