Home is where the story begins for each of us. The stamp of life was placed on us there. All we are today traces its way back to our parents and siblings, our contexts and circumstances, our sorrows and pains, our joys and discoveries. Home really is where our story begins. And Joseph, the subject of this book, had a home.
A group of Western missionaries once gathered with a group of African pastors for a spiritual renewal retreat. The guest speaker told them he was going to talk on Joseph and asked what they thought Joseph’s story was all about. The Western missionaries said it was a story about redemption, while the African pastors said it was a story about family. This book is about the latter interpretation.
Essentially, all of life revolves around two sets of relationships: ours with God and ours with one another. In the pages of Joseph: A Story of A Family, Stephen Elliott unpacks one of the most commonly shared Old Testament stories, helping readers discover that God is findable in the midst of the relationships that shape and misshape everyday life. When all is said and done, Joseph’s story is a story about a family. Maybe even your family.