Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Book Review - Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.
But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, “Do you believe in grace?” who could say no?
Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?
God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly.
Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.
Let’s make certain grace gets you.
My Take on the Book
This book makes you delve deeper into God's Grace and what this really means. I have been a fan of Max Lucado for many years and this one solidifies his amazing storytelling ability as well as his ability to make his readers truly turn introspective into thinking more about God's way and what he wants for all of our lives. I loved how he brings back many Bible stories that you know so that he can show you how God's Grace intertwined into all of these stories. Before reading this I can honestly say that my understanding of what was meant by Grace was not what Lucado explains, but after reading this, I now see how God's Grace is really all around us on a daily basis, and you will too.
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