The Story of Reality

How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between
Narrated by: Gregory Koukl
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It's more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching.

Christianity is a picture of reality.

It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end.

In The Story of Reality, best-selling author and host of Stand to Reason Gregory Koukl explains the five words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story. He identifies the most important things that happen in the story in the order they take place:

  • God
  • Man
  • Jesus
  • Cross
  • Resurrection

Our story begins with God. He created everything, but something went terribly wrong. So God initiated a rescue plan and entered the world that he had made by becoming like us in Jesus Christ. Jesus saved us from the wrongness in ourselves and in the world through his death on a cross. And how people respond to what he did will determine their future, at the final event of history: the resurrection.

If you are already a Christian, this is your story. Do you know it? If you are not a Christian, this is still your story, because it explains the world in a way that nothing else will. It is a true story - the real story behind every other story we hear.

©2017 Gregory Koukl (P)2017 Zondervan

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Every Christian should have this in their Library.

This was a fantastic book and Greg did a great job of reading it. I think every Christian should have a couple of these books on hand, because it would be a great book to give away to someone that you are sharing the gospel with. I appreciate the fact that this book will be accessible to intellectuals and the laymen alike. it's an awesome book.... Read it or listen to it.

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Great Book, Bad Editing

If you could sum up The Story of Reality in three words, what would they be?

Very Important Message

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Very good reading but whoever edited it made lots of errors.

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In all the audiobooks I have listened to I have never heard so many editing errors. You can tell on multiple occasions where the reader started over because he made a mistake and the person editing it didn't get it pasted back together right.

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Concrete Clear and Concise

Fantastic book, concrete clear and concise explanation​ of the Christian Worldview. I would recommend this to all who claim to be a follower of Christ and to the skeptic although it does not go deep into the evidence, it gives good reasons to believe.

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Wow, on point. outstanding!

Wow, this is real reality! Hard to stop listening. From beginning to end, real life. You got to get this book. I have listened to it 4 or 5 times, So glad that the author himself narrated this. it gives his true emotions while telling - teaching us this story of Reality. Bought at least 10 books just to give them away.

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Great for those with no Christian background

Excellent expression of the Christian message in story form. Would be particularly good for any who don't have any background in Christianity, since it lays out the basics of the faith so clearly but without using theological language that would be difficult to grasp.

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A new favorite!

I didn't want it to end. The poetic, epic, true, sweeping story of the Bible

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My Opinion: Kind of condescending tone and context

Again, this is strictly my opinion, but both the tone of the narrator, as well as the context of the content comes off as somewhat condescending or "you're obviously wrong." I am new to Christianity and understand my previous mindset was misguided, but I didn't care for how the author made me feel like I was uneducated with my questions. Where I threw in the towel was around where he was explaining the origins of the universe and life. He addressed what I feel was a reasonable question, but said (not verbatim) "that is something a child would ask."
This read seems more like a lecture, both educationally and disciplinary. I think I am looking for something more relatable and understanding.

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Best narration I've heard in a long time

Greg Koukl does an outstanding job narrating his story about reality. The substance is there and his reading brings it to life.

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A truly great work

This book had the feel of a fireside chat with a beloved grandfather. It was very encouraging, and I will read it again and again!!!

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Excellent Rational Approach to Scripture

Author takes a bit of a combined apologetic, philosophical approach to understanding our story. He breaks down the futility of worldly arguments by turning those positions back on themselves. It has helped me take a pragmatic look at those arguments. Sometimes takes a bit of a leap to next step in argument, but this should not detract from the value of most content. Great book. Highly recommended.

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  • Yevgeny
  • 02-03-17

Well worth reading

Wow.
Great book. Not too long and to the point.
Would recommend to all, christians or not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-18

An Apologetic Primer on the Christian Faith

With a careful blend of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology, Koukl presents the story of the Christian faith with its truths in a persuasive fashion in his own masterful, conversational style. All this makes this book a delightful listen!

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  • Wynie van Tonder
  • 05-12-19

The Gospel CLEARLY told

If you want a simple yet thorough explanation of the Gospel, here it is. Thank you Greg!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-18

Well written

I enjoy not only listening to Greg but I also enjoy listening to his knowledge that he has accumulated over time. A great read!

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  • steven
  • 02-19-17

Brilliant

Greg manages to capture the essence of the reality of the world in which we live, in an enlightening and confronting story that cuts deeps into the heart and conscience.

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  • Stephen Koschella
  • 02-09-17

Simple and profound

Beautifully read and beautifully written. Everyone needs to be either introduced to, or reminded of, this greatest story of all.