Even Better Than Eden


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Sometimes the Bible’s story is summarized as creation, fall, redemption, restoration. But the future is not headed toward merely a restoration of Eden’s goodness. From the very beginning, the Bible’s story has always been headed toward consummation, toward glory. This book traces nine themes—the tree of life, garden and wilderness, the image of God, clothing, Sabbath rest, marriage, the offspring, the temple, and the city of Jerusalem—throughout the Bible, revealing how God’s plan for the new creation will be far more glorious than the original.

Reproducible Personal Bible Study Questions for personal or small group use and a Leader's Guide are available for purchase as downloads. We are currently at work producing a video version of this book that we hope to make available by the end of 2018.

Table of Contents


1. The Story of the Wilderness

2. The Story of the Tree

3. The Story of His Image

4. The Story of Clothing

5. The Story of the Bridegroom

6. The Story of Sabbath

7. The Story of the Offspring

8. The Story of a Dwelling Place

9. The Story of the City


Discussion Guide




Personal Bible Study Guide download


The Personal Bible Study for Even Better Than Eden includes questions on the biblical text that correspond with each chapter of the book. Rather than including questions in the printed book, the questions have been formatted to be copied onto 8.5 x 11 paper and three-hole punched for placement in a 3-ring binder. We’ve designed the questions with a generous amount of space in which to record answers. It is a total of 39 pages in length.

Working through these questions will serve to get participants into the Bible in preparation for reading and discussing each of the nine chapters in Even Better Than Eden. The questions are intended to be completed prior to reading the chapter on the same topic in the book. This will serve to “till up the

same topic in the book. This will serve to “till up the ground” in the soil of the hearts of participants for what will be read in the chapters as we provide each participant with the needed background and foundation for ideas and passages that may be presented only briefly in the chapter. In other words, participants will get a whole lot more out of reading the chapters if they have worked through these questions first. 

The Even Better Than Eden book includes a Discussion Guide in the back of the book that provides suggested questions for discussing the themes presented in each chapter and the implications of the truths. These are not the same as the questions in the Personal Bible Study. A sample of the Personal Bible Study Questions can be found here. 



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Leader's Guide Download


This Leader’s Guide for group study of Even Better Than Eden includes:

  • suggestions from Nancy on how you schedule your study

  • insights from Nancy on being an effective small group discussion leader

  • recommendations from Nancy on additional reading and resources to better grasp the theological truths presented in Even Better Than Eden

  • Personal Bible Study questions with suggested answers

  • Group Discussion questions with suggested answers

When you place your order for this Leader’s Guide, you are not purchasing a physical product that will be shipped to you. You are purchasing a PDF for an 81-page document you will be able to download and print. The pages are formatted to be printed onto 8.5 x 11 paper and three-hole punched to be put into a notebook. Upon purchase you will be sent a link to download this pdf.

When you download this file, you are not being granted the right to make multiple copies. You are being granted a license to make only one copy of this Leader’s Guide. You are not being granted the right to forward this downloaded PDF to anyone else. If more than one person will be using this Leader’s Guide, we require that you purchase a copy for each leader. 

This Leader’s Guide should never be forwarded to or copied for each of the participants in your group.

Important: The link to the download of the Leader's Guide will expire 24 hours after it is sent. So be sure too fully download the Leader's Guide upon purchase before the link expires.


This workshop on Even Better Than Eden: How the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story with Nancy Guthrie was recorded at The Gospel Coalition’s 2018 Women’s Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.