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The One True Story

Daily readings for Advent from Genesis to Jesus

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An inspiring Advent journey into the heart of the Gospel message as you prepare for Christmas.

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Everyone loves the Christmas story. But the story of the baby in the manger is the culmination of a thousand other stories. It is the focus of the story of the Bible and the story of human history.

This book has 24 short meditative readings working through Bible stories from Genesis to Jesus. Each day includes ideas for reflection, prayer and application, designed to excite you about the gospel message in the run-up to Christmas Day.

As you prepare for Christmas, get a fresh insight into the full script of the nativity, the story of our world, and the plotline for the rest of your life...

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  • 24 daily readings from Genesis to Jesus.

  • Daily points for reflection and meditation.

  • Includes a prayer each day.

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Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781784981532
Format Paperback
First published September 2016
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 12.1mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

John Russell

Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Nottingham

This accessible devotional book helps us to experience a daily delight in discovering how our story connects with the ongoing story of Christ and all he is doing in the world. By drawing on contemporary examples from everyday life and words of worship from believers across the centuries, Tim Chester highlights passages of Scripture that challenge us with the down-to-earth implications of living lives that are centred upon Christ.

Greg Downes

Theologian and Missioner. The Belfrey, York.

Anyone used to the sometimes trite and superficial comments in a daily devotional is in for a rude awakening with Tim Chester's Advent devotional The One True Story. In characteristic fashion, Chester blends profound Biblical insight with in-depth theology, heart warming illustration and relevant application. One day all daily devotionals will be built like this (we hope!) Until then, I heartily suggest you give Tim Chester's a try

Adrian Reynolds

Head of National Ministries, FIEC UK

Every year our advent candle builds expectation for Christmas, but it burns down to nothing. This wonderful book will create expectation and leave you feeling moved, joyful, thankful and awestruck. You will not be empty-handed or empty-hearted after spending a month with these devotions. Along the way, you will learn to see the riches of Christ in the Old Testament and feel a fresh impetus to see centrality of the story of Jesus in the pages of your Bible.

Independent reviews

The One True Story: Daily readings for Advent from Genesis to Jesus

Frederick Hodgson, 1 Nov 2016

It is hard to see how readers of this inexpensive book would not be stimulated to pursue the themes of grace, judgment, faith, salvation, sin, temptation and the ‘true people of God’, as they are developed in the biblical story from beginning to end.... continue reading

Christ from Beginning to End

Lewis Allen, Evangelicals Now, 1 Dec 2016

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. 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.... continue reading

Customer reviews

1 Jan 2021

“A Fabulous Read”

I am already a great fan of Tim Chester’s work especially his Advent and Lent readings. This book is surely one of his best. He takes us through many of the familiar stories by of the Old Testament and shows how they fit into the one great story which runs through scripture - the story of creation, fall, redemption and new creation. I have been a Christian for over forty years and yet I learned many new things from this study. It made my heart sing. Thank you Tim Chester.

7 Dec 2018

“Great intro to the Christmas Season”

I bought this book a couple of years ago, not having done an advent devotional before. Found this book a great intro to the christmas season and preparing for Christmas. Enjoyed how it took me through Old Testament. Thought it was so good, I bought it for friends and family this year.

20 Dec 2017

“Well worth purchasing!”

I wanted a book that would give me a fresh perspective on Christmas and cut through all the commercialism and provide a little oasis from all the busyness. For me, this book does that. I try to start the day with it but if I miss one, unlike other reading materials it makes me feel that I need to catch up quickly!
It’s thought provoking and beautifully dove tails Old Testament events with Jesus.
Each reading starts with a direct question or comment to the reader which draws you in. And as you read on, you feel Tim is in the room talking to you.
I’ve bought copies of this book for other people this year and hope they are enjoying it as much as I am.

17 May 2017

“Thrilling & encouraging!”

As all others say really excellent book.
I find books like this soooo wonderful and helpful in really helping me to delve deeper into the Bible.
To learn things I would not have done on my own, and love all the linking of Old and New Testament, have read up to 18 , now back at beginning as doing with a bunch of ladies from Church.
Too good not to share! Have got some copies as presents too

17 May 2017

“Great & helpful!”

Always great and quick when I order, and last time I put wrong postcode, GBC were great at just sending me my order again, which I then cancelled as got first one, but just saying they were really lovely!!
Also Tim Chester's book for reading in Advent is really inspiring and helpful as is the Two Cities Biblestudy on Isaiah, many thanks

30 Jan 2017

“Refreshing the soul”

(Review written for 'The One True Story (ebook)')

I read one chapter each morning during Advent before my usual time of prayer. C of E vicars can quickly get Christmassed out with all the carol services, but these refreshed my soul. I'll be using Tim's other book next year!

3 Jan 2017

“Excellent book. Easy to read and understand. Very insightful.”

(Review written for 'The One True Story (ebook)')

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29 Dec 2016

“Absolutely excellent book! Thoroughly engaging and thought provoking.”

Gripping. Couldn't wait to pick it up each morning. A great preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

20 Dec 2016

“Excellent - But”

Yes, I was immediately impressed with this book and having read the first few pages I ordered a further 20 copies to pass on to friends. However, one thing has frustrated both me and some of my more discerning friends. We discovered a total of at least 25 typographical errors (which I will submit separately). I personally found this most disruptive as it therefore meant that I was having to go back and re-read a paragraph to see if I had misunderstood its sense. I strongly suggest that you employ a more experienced proof-reader before re-publishing next year.

17 Dec 2016

“Great Advent”

This is a truly amazing book, which i am thoroughly enjoying. It is easy to read and has helped me in preparing for Christmas in a way i have not done before. I have learned things like the 2nd Adam and 2nd Joshua. I would highly recommend it it for either own use or in small groups.

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