Book Review

Grace.  An extremely difficult topic to put to words.  Andy Stanley delves into it beautifully, masterfully, biblically.  He states,

Grace.  It’s what we crave most when our guilt is exposed.  It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others – especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable.

Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace.  It’s this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine.  It’s the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness.  The struggle is the context for both.  When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing.  When it is required of us, it is often disturbing.  But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything.  This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning.

I appreciate Andy’s in-depth study and his contemporary style.  It really helps me to understand how the stories of scripture mirror my own stories.  It reminds me that I too need the very thing I do not deserve: the grace of God.  I highly recommend this book.  It was such a great reminder that God’s grace is greater than we can ever fully know or completely understand.  Yet, he gives us a road map, tools, love, and a relationship for the journey.  We serve a Mighty God!  Thanks for reading and have a great day IN Him.

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