This little book (100 pages) tells a big story in a very readable and entertaining style. In The Epic, Eldredge reframes the story of God’s love for mankind by using contemporary analogies and non-religious vocabulary. This is the most engaging and compelling presentation of Gospel story that I have read in many years. But what makes it so brilliant is you don’t realize you are reading deep theology. I read The Epic out loud once to my family over Christmas and all four of our children (early twenties to teens) stayed engaged the entire time. Eldredge frames the grand history of the universe as a four act epic tale using analogies from The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Wars, The Matrix, etc. to help illustrate his themes. The Epic not only stirs the heart, it goes a long way towards addressing “the” question that all of us must eventually find a satisfying answer to. The same questioned posed so elegantly by Samwise Gamgee in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, when he said to Frodo Baggins, “I wonder what sort of tale we’ve fallen into?”