Download ‘The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide’


I grant permission for you to download, print, copy, and distribute The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide for your personal use and for use at your local church or Bible study group. This copyright must appear on each copy: “Copyright 2012 Jean E. Jones”.

Churches may post The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide PDFs on their church websites for distribution to their church members. Individuals, please post links to this page.


I provide The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide for free as a ministry to help others love God’s Word,  understand it more clearly, and apply it more deeply. If you find it helpful and would like to make a donation, you may send it to Jean E. Jones, PO Box 2852, Mission Viejo, CA 92690.

Formats Available

PDF Single File

Ideal for those who want to print and distribute completed notebooks, this format has the entire journal in an easy-to-print PDF with continuous page numbering; a clickable table of contents and list of charts; and the copyright in the opening pages. (This document is identical to that available from Zondervan’s online database at

PDF Multiple Files

Designed for those who want to print and distribute materials weekly, the opening pages and each chapter are in separate files. Page numbering restarts at the beginning of each chapter and the copyright is in the footer.

PDF for Acrobat Reader

If you’re using a Kindle or iPad, or you don’t have a printer, this version lets you type your answers directly into it using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on a computer, Kindle, or iPad.

Computers require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7 or higher, available here:

Kindles and other Android devices require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app for Adroids, available here: If you download the guide to your PC, email it to your Kindle using your email address.

iPads require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app for iPads, available here:

Word Document

Churches who want an editable file for inserting their church name or logo may go to Zondervan’s on-line resource library at for The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide in a Microsoft Word document. (Note: this document uses advanced formatting techniques; automatic tables of contents and charts; and field codes.)

PDF in Korean

Many thanks to Pastor Dong-Myung (Joseph) Choi of New Song Church in Texas ( for providing this Korean translation. I’ll post the chapters as he sends them to me.


  1. Hello,

    I am wondering if it is possible to get a copy of the Word document. I am currently deployed and dont have a way to print from my laptop, so I would like the Word doc so I can answer the questions, as the PDF wont let me make any changes. Also, do you know of a site that has the actual discussion questions from the back of the book? THanks and God bless.


    • Hi, Richard. I can make a PDF that the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader can edit using form fields or Adobe Acrobat’s typewriter tool. The form fields are nice because answers are highlighted and you can scroll long ones, but they take me awhile to create.

      May I email you a sample of each type of PDF for chapter 1 (form field or typewriter) so you can tell me what works best for you? (In my copy of Acrobat, the Typewriter is under Tools > Typewriter. It’s only available for unsecured PDFs.)

      You can get the Word document from Zondervan’s resource library, but it might not work as well for you. It has advanced formatting that would make typing answers difficult for most people.

      By “actual discussion questions from the back of the book,” do you mean the discussion questions in the appendix of Zondervan’s “The Story”? No, I don’t know of a site, but the first place to check might be Zondervan’s resource library. Another option might be the Kindle version of “The Story.”

      Jean E.

      • Hi Jean! Thanks for such a quick response!! I just want to say right now I am not very knowledgeable with all of this different software, so when it comes to ‘The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide’, it doesn’t really matter to me which type of PDF I have, I just wanted to be able to type in my responses and I think I need a copy that is unsecured. I would trust your experience and judgement on that.

        Yes, the questions are from the appendix. I’ll check the website again, but I couldn’t find the resource library on the site earlier today.

        Thanks for your help!



        • Richard, I emailed you a copy of the first chapter that should work with the Typewriter tool that comes with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. It includes instructions. Let me know how that works for you. And here’s Zondervan’s resource library link: Some parts require you to login. All the best to you!

        • Richard, I’ve got a format that will work on PCs, Kindles, and iPads now. But it’s taking me longer than expected to create the document–there are some 600+ fields to place. It’ll probably be another week.

          • I’ve now posted “The Story Personal Journal for Reader” on the Downloads page. It should work on computers, Kindles, and iPads. Let me know if you have any questions.

    • Hi Jean,

      I have been following your site for sometime now. I noticed Korean translation is now available.
      Thank you for posting The Story: Personal Journal and Discussion Guide” in Korean.
      I am SO proud of Pastor Dong-Myung and the NewSong Church. Hooray !
      Many Koreans will be greatly appreciated.


      • Yes, I’m so grateful for pastor Dong-Myung (Joseph) Choi translating the lessons and making them available to other Korean speakers! I’m glad you find them helpful!

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  4. When is the best time of year to take a congregation thru The Story – the first of year or wait till fall so the story of Jesus coincides with Christmas? Just curious what has worked best for other churches. Thanks – TIM

    • Tim, January works well as a start because people are so open to new goals, such as finishing a study that goes from Genesis to Revelation. For churches that don’t have summer studies, fall works out well since the study is 31 weeks and can go from fall to spring. Otherwise, timing the study so the birth of Christ falls just before Christmas or the resurrection falls just before Easter works nicely. I especially like the resurrection chapter falling on Easter week because I wrote the Old Testament parts to point towards Easter and the resurrection. –Blessings to you and your church!

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  7. Jean E,
    I just want to thank you for sharing your journal and other study guides of this book. Our church is doing ‘The Story’ and I am leading one of the small groups on vox for we are spread out miles wise but still able to study and discuss the book. Your insite and questions have been a great help to me in leading the group, though I am sorry I did not see this at the beginning of the book. But have been using it for several weeks now and love it!

  8. Jean,
    I would like to download the Word version of THE STORY, PERSONAL JOURNAL & DISCUSSION GUIDE but am having trouble. When I click on Word Document I get the Korean version. Is it possible to get the English version without going to the Zondervan site?

    • Hi, Jean. You can get the English version as a PDF here. It’s available as the whole study or as individual chapters.

    • The link, Word Document, takes you to an explanation of how to get the study in Word from Zondervan. The Korean copies just below that explanation are all PDFs. (If you did find a Word document somewhere on this page, please let me know where–there shouldn’t be any.) The English PDF version should work on both Windows and Apple computers. The “PDF for Acrobat Reader” lets you fill in the answers using your mobile phone or tablet or computer.

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