Saturday, December 08, 2012

Grace More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description Grace. 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 thoughts: This book is phenomenal. At first I felt rather apprehensive...thinking that I would feel guilty like so many other times. I felt that yet another person was going to wag their tongue and shake their fist at me and tell me how screwed up I am. But this book is about Grace!! Truly remarkable how Grace can wash over us and set us free from our entrapment. I felt uplifted, strengthened, loved and encouraged by this book. Don't get me wrong, there is a whole lotta truth that Max Lucado shakes out, but it is delivered in such a way that is no condemning. Beautifully written and lovingly thought out. I would read this over and over. Recommend it to many. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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