This is the most interesting and unusual memoir I have read – in a good way. Helveston has woven vignettes from his own life with stories from the Bible and the gospel.
What a great idea. His concept is that Jesus tells us His story through our own story. Yes, we can learn spiritual truths through the disciplines but we also need to be paying attention to our own lives.
Helveston doesn't like that some think being a Christian is just following Jesus' version of moral living. Being a Christian is being in the story. It is a journey with Jesus filled with gospel grace.
We might think it is all about us. “But,” Helveston writes, “if life is a story … then every life is covered in the fingerprints of Jesus, and he is the one true hero.” (122)
The author's hope is that reading this book will help us see things differently and become different. We will see ourselves as part of the story. Like the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, Jesus finds us on the journey and tells us everything. We can then tell the story to others.
I recommend this book to those who are interested in leaving a legacy by sharing their story. This book is a good example of how to write your story in such a way that readers will see the fingerprints of Jesus all over your life.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Jason C. Helveston grew up the son of a Baptist preacher and a nurse from Mississippi but has lived most of his life in the Bay Area. He has a BA in English from the University of Redlands and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. He serves as Teaching and Campus Pastor at Park Community Church. He lives in Chicago with his family. You can find out more at http://jasonhelveston.com/.
Elk Lake Publishing, 170 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.