The Incredible Journey

Christmas from Genesis to Jesus

Steve Brady

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The Bible presents the ultimate adventure - God's incredible, personal journey to the human race, which he loves with an amazing love, despite its repeated rejection of him. The story culminates in the coming of Jesus Christ, the incarnate God, in the events we celebrate every Christmas.

This book of readings for Advent and Christmas shows how Jesus has come to take us home to God, no matter what our starting point. However lost or losing it we may feel, however confused or confounded, injured by life or broken by circumstances, here is God's astonishing invitation to join him for the rest of our journey, from here to eternity. When we embark on the road of life with him, we discover we never walk alone.

The Incredible Journey contains Bible readings and reflections for every day from 1 December - 6 January.

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Author info

The Revd Dr Steve Brady is Principal of Moorlands College, Dorset, where he also teaches Theology and New Testament Greek. He is a trustee of Keswick Ministries and has written King of Heaven, Lord of Earth (Authentic, 2003), All You Need Is Christ (Authentic, 2007) and Affirming Your Faith (NCT, 2009), a ten-part study of the Apostles' Creed available on DVD.

Reviews

From Heart of Sussex - Nov / Dec 2011 issue

Steve Brady, Principal of Moorlands College, Dorset, has written a well-structured book. Divided into five sections of weekly readings and a final sixth section, it is mainly intended for individuals as daily readings from 1 December to 6 January. It can also be used as a study tool for groups over six weeks, with material provided in the book and also available as a free download.

While keeping to the accepted formula of Bible reading, commentary and a section for reflection, this is a fresh approach.

The book is packed with quotes and descriptions of paintings and other media and Rev Dr Steve Brady to give him his full title, has a special gift of linking these into a cogent and readable style. Hoe moves along at a good pace, yet includes some quotes and points that could take a week to mull 9over. In this regard, the book is somehow much bigger than its 194 pages.

Spanning from Genesis 1 to Revelation 21, the daily readings join the individual believer's journey to that of human experience and God's 'astonishing invitation'. This is a big task and the occasional leap of thinking is required, a sort of mental hop. But the journey is complete and the postscript section is especially worthwhile.

The book would be a refreshing Advent gift, deep enough for mature believers and entertaining for a new recruit.

Reviewed by Carole Woodiwis


If you want a book that sums up the story of the Bible from Alpha to Omega in just under 200 pages, then this is the one! The subtitle is 'Christmas from Genesis to Jesus', and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Although this was the Bible Reading Fellowship's recommended read for Advent, it is a book that deserves to be read at any time of year. Theologian Dr Brady, Principal of Moorlands College, Dorset, has a most compelling style of writing. I found myself reading it not day-by-day, but in large chunks, as I was intrigued by his original approach to the whole sequence of events, from Genesis to Revelation.

What is particularly appealing is how Dr Brady connects Biblical teaching with modern events, people and icons. He refers to Match of the Day, Star Wars and even Bob the Builder. And he makes effective use of anecdotes, most notably the wonderful story of the 33 Chilean miners' rescue in March 2010. He also weaves in edifying experiences from his own life.

Each daily reading has, on average, a page from Scripture, followed by two/three pages of commentary, and then a Reflection, which can take the form of a prayer, words from a hymn or the Bible, or a challenging question for consideration. The author also supplies a useful Study Guide at the back, providing helpful material for group study.

There is a welcome freshness in the titles of the five sections, all relating to the concept of the Journey: Starting out (creation); Crashing badly (temptation, death, hope); Detouring often (patriarchs & prophets); Arriving on time (the Incarnation); Journeying on (Revelation); and Homeward bound (new heaven & new earth). This freshness of approach is evident throughout the book.

The Postscript is the author's response to astronomer, Carl Sagan's, commentary on the view of planet earth, as seen from the Voyager 1 spacecraft on the very edge of our Solar System: 'the resulting image captured earth as a tiny point of light, a pale blue dot only 0.12 pixels in size...' Dr Brady finds much food for thought here: a truly inspiring finale!

This book asks to be read by every professing Christian, young and old, for its sincere and accessible teaching, its wisdom, and for its uplifting message; it should certainly not be left to languish in the six-week slot from Advent to Epiphany. I, for one, will be reading it again very soon.

Reviewed by Helen Long, St Ignatius Parish Church , Carryduff, N Ireland


From The Church Times - 4 November 2011

The Incredible Journey takes the reader from 1 December to 6 January, and the overriding theme is in the title: the journey that God makes to humanity which is shown in the scriptures, and reaches its climax in the coming of Jesus.

Each day has a scripture reading (printed in the book, thank goodness), a very personal kind of testimony after wards, and a brief reflection for further thought. This volume comes from a decidedly Evangelical stable, and for some the style might be a bit alien, and the use of the Bible (finding the text to fit the theme) a little flawed.

Nevertheless, this would be a very good book to give to an enquirer into Christianity, or somebody who wanted to get a grasp on the basic shape of the history of salvation as Christians understand it. The BRF seems to be very good at this sort of thing; free material is available from its website for group discussion, if required.

Reviewed by Peter McGeary


Reviewed by Christian Marketplace - October 2011

The BRF Advent Book for 2011 is The Incredible Journey by Steve Brady. The book unashamedly takes the same title as the book and film of the same name and Brady, Principal of Moorlands Bible College, Does indeed take readers on a journey - from 'Genesis to Jesus'. The book provides material for individual and group study from 1st December to 6th January and starts with Genesis 1. I've only seen material for the first section but it looks like a study which will be time well spent.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857460035
  • Published: 23 September 2011
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
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