Suzie Genin

This review was written by Suzie Genin and last updated on August 18, 2013

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  • Price: $13.99
  • Publisher:: Moody Publishers
  • Format:: 192 pages, softcover and e-book
  • Perfect for:: spiritual seekers, new believers
In “The Big Story,” Justin Buzzard invites non-Christian seekers to consider their personal stories in light of God’s invitation for them to join the “big story” by coming into relationship with Jesus Christ. Using everyday language and explaining biblical terms most longtime believers take for granted, the author deftly illuminates the gospel story woven throughout the Bible.

“What sort of story are you in?” is the question posed in Justin Buzzard’s new book, The Big Story: How the Bible Makes Sense Out of Life. The author, who is founder and lead pastor of Garden City Church in the Silicon Valley, attempts to explain our lives and bring them into perspective with the greater story they are intended to be a part of.

He invites the non-Christian to contemplate his or her story, helping him or her understand the Good News, while bringing greater understanding of key biblical themes to the new believer.

Readers are immediately introduced to the main character of the story, Jesus. Buzzard asserts that Jesus’ life is more than just a good story—He “makes a way for us to join the Big Story.”

The author invites us to consider our perspectives on life: Are we just trudging along? Or are we in the middle of a great story that is being told and lived out by so many; a story in which we all are intended to be a part?

Buzzard works readers through the story of the gospel throughout the Scripture. He does this via five acts.

  • Act 1: God
  • Act 2: Creation
  • Act 3: Rebellion
  • Act 4: Rescue
  • Act 5: Home

In each chapter, the author helps readers understand the gospel by implementing a systematic approach, using everyday, common language and explaining the terms longtime believers so easily take for granted. He also gives readers an “Intermission,” which encourages them to repent and believe.

The author takes us from understanding the Good News to responding to it. The book closes with the reality in which we continue to live—life between the first and second comings of Jesus.

“Jesus is calling us to play big, to take the life He’s given us and maximize every bit of it,” Buzzard challenges.

The Big Story would be good for someone who is confused by the Bible. It would also be helpful for ongoing conversations with a non-believer or new Christian.

Reviewed by: Suzie Genin, student pastor at Chapel Valley Community (Madison Foursquare Church) in Madison, Wis.