Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Book Review - The Grace of God
Learn how God's grace can and will transform you.
None of us deserve what God offers, a life free from sin and hope for a glorious future, but unbelievably it's ours for the taking. Why? Because of God's grace. The unmerited favor, the lavish love and kindness he pours out on us, and has, since Creation.
But if it's so available then why do we live a grace-less life? Why are our churches filled with disillusioned Christians, weary of religion's demands, struggling with personal defeat because of issues or behaviors?
Join pastor Andy Stanley as he traces grace through the Old and New Testament, observing God's grace at work in the lives of some of the best, and worst, characters. He also uses personal stories from his own life to reveal how grace is not a natural response but is the most essential one. Together these stories unravel the mystery of grace and tell of its transforming power to set us free.
My Take on the BookGrace is a topic that has been covered quite a bit in the past and if you have read many of these books, this book scratches the surface on the literature. In saying this though the author explains this and reveals as much from the beginning of the book.
What makes this book different though is that the author does a great job at engaging his readers and making them think about the topic and about things that you normally would not in regards to the topic at hand. One example of this occurred in the middle of the book where the author is talking about Jonah and he states that "the purpose of God's discipline was not to pay him back but to bring him back". It was through comments such as these and more that makes the book stand out to me!
One simple thing that the author did, that I liked was that in each chapter, when he was particularly trying to hit home a point, he bolded the text. As I mentioned, a simple concept, but one that really helped me as a reader to identify the most important concepts.
While grace is still something that I struggle with, this book did open my eyes to the grace that God gives, and the challenge is for us to receive it and accept it. I do believe that you will find this book to be filled with a great array of ideas in living a more grace filled life!
If this book sounds like something you would like in your own library you can find it on Amazon!
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