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The Bible offers the truest story of the whole world—all of life, history, experience, culture, and civilization are encompassed in its pages. To see the Bible as the truest story is not to say that the story helps us function well or that it was passed down to us merely as a cultural inheritance. The scriptures must be taken seriously because they claim to tell us the true story from the creation of the universe all the way to its re-creation. Not one moment is left out of its pages. The content of the Bible lies at the very core of reality. This is the way the world really is.2 If we don’t read the Bible in this way, but instead try to fit its themes into our stories rather than the other way around, “we lose the full reality of God and His work in our world,” writes Erre. “Our world shrinks as well. The story of the Bible is the story of enlargement, not reduction …. The scriptures call us into a much larger world, and in so doing, they beckon us beyond the reach of our wills and experiences.”3

The Hero’s Journey By becoming part of God’s grand story, you are embarking on what is known in classic storytelling as the Hero’s Journey. It’s a pattern that goes back to The Odyssey and continues in contemporary stories, whether told in a book or portrayed in a film. You can plug virtually every great plot or script into this template, famously articulated by Joseph Campbell. There are several variations of the Hero’s Journey. We’re going to use three steps to describe your GodQuest where you are the hero. In our Hero’s Journey template, the hero (you) will: •

Depart in response to a Call to Adventure

Go through an initiation that includes a Road of Trials

Return home with the Freedom to Live

Now let’s break these three steps down one by one.

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GodQuest Non Fiction Book  

By Sean McDowell and Stan Jantz In this life, theres nothing more challenging, more adventurous than going on a search for truth and for som...

GodQuest Non Fiction Book  

By Sean McDowell and Stan Jantz In this life, theres nothing more challenging, more adventurous than going on a search for truth and for som...