Book Review: The One True Story: Daily Readings for Advent from Genesis to Jesus. Tim Chester, The Good Book Company, 2016 (152pp)

Tim has written a gorgeous book. There’s a beauty in what Tim shows us about Jesus, and in how he shows us Jesus, which will move you and do you much good. This is a book to treasure in Advent, but also a read to enjoy through the year.

tots_original.wpccnycp6mxrusu5qbkvj44rcj7morxiThe book follows key passages and turning points in the Genesis narrative in 24 daily sections, each chapter weaving in a New Testament passage or two to bring out the significance of Jesus. We discover the Person of Jesus fulfilling the types of Genesis (so, the dragon-slayer, the brother, the new ark, the rock), and we learn about the Work of Jesus for His people (as the Warrior, Suffering Servant, King and Good Shepherd). The overall effect causes us to marvel at the one plan of salvation, set out in Genesis, and then wonderfully illuminated by the New Testament’s teaching of Christ.

Each chapter takes five or six minutes to read comfortably out loud, and closes with a thought for reflection, accompanied by a prayer or a hymn. Those new to the faith will find the Gospel opened up to them, and seasoned pilgrims will discover much to encourage. And preachers will love the wealth of material here to bring freshness to Christmas ministry, as well as to strengthen their grasp of biblical theology. Highly recommended.

Lewis Allen

Pastor, Hope Church Huddersfield, Director of Gospel Yorkshire, husband, father of five, football follower and dreaming fly-fisherman, Daily Reading the Bible Together blogger.

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