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 October 2016
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 12.1mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

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.

Jeramie Rinne

Senior Pastor, Evangelical Community Church of Abu Dhabi

Have you become a Christmas cynic like me, jaded by a commercialized holiday?  Instead of saying 'bah humbug,' let Tim Chester take you past the trees and tinsel to the ancient biblical drama that led up to Jesus' birth.  The One Trust Story connects the familiar Christmas story to God's mighty works in the past, as well as to our lives in the modern world with freshness and delight.

Barbara Reaoch

Director, Children's Division, Bible Study Fellowship

Every Christmas our hearts must be re-tuned to God’s glorious purpose for sending Jesus into this world. I heartily recommend Tim Chester’s, The One True Story, to do just that. Read it and you will once again resonate with the God of the universe who loves you through Jesus.

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.

3 Jan 2017

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

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

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30 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.

21 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.

17 Dec 2016

“An excellent book”

I am on day 17 of these advent readings. Every day I have been thrilled by the links drawn by Tim Chester between the Old Testament promises and shadows and the fulfilment and reality in Christ. What a stimulating and heartwarming lead up to Christmas! But this book is not just for Christmas! It could be used with profit at any time of the year. I warmly recommend it.

17 Dec 2016

“Fresh insights”

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

This book has helped me understand more of who Jesus is by helping me appreciate more fully how Old Testament scriptures are fulfilled in Him (often with insights which are fresh to me). The length of the chapters, application and prayers are helpful to encourage meaningful meditation in a busy season!

15 Dec 2016

“Great in so many ways”

Really enjoying this (good see Clive an old friend is too!) - my wife and I are reading One True Story through Advent and we are getting so much out of it. The storyline, input, meditation, carol and prayer work together beautifully. Our only complaint (and why I have given it only 4 stars) would be that there is an almost daily printing error which could have been picked up by slightly better proof reading. It's not a major fault but it is a shame when there are so many. Other than that - fantastic.

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