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 shares personal insights from his own life and reveals 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.
Includes a special chapter to discover and come to terms with your own grace story.
- Good book on grace
This is my first one of Andy Stanley's explicitly theological books. I have read some of his leadership books and I think leadership is where he really shines. He is a great preacher and having attended the church for a while I can hear some of the sermons this was based on. It is not a sermon series turned to book form. There are a few things that I recognize from earlier sermons. But I think there is just as much that will be in future sermons. In fact, I recognize a couple quotes from the book as being in the last two week's sermons and the book has been in my house for the past couple months.
I think the best quote of the book is "God's law is never given to establish a relationship; God's law is given to confirm an existing relationship." I think this is the root of much misunderstanding in the Christian world. Too often we want people to act like Christians that are not. Instead of assuming that people that are not Christians are not Christians.
Another quote from the book is about fairness. "Fairness is a tricky thing. Here's something I've noticed: I only complain about things being unfair when unfair works against me. When unfairness works to my advantage, I call that answered prayer...Fortunately for us, the kingdom of God does not operate according to the principles of fairness. At least not the way we measure fairness."
This is a good book on grace. Grace is the central message of the gospel. Any gospel that is not essentially about the grace of God is not really the gospel. Because this is the central message of the gospel there are a lot of good books on grace. That is good, because as different people we need different messages on grace in order to help us where we are at. For some reason, Brennan Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel has always been my go to book on grace. I think this is a good book on grace. I think it is particularly good for people that grew up in the church but have strayed from it. That seems to be a group that Andy Stanley is particularly good at reaching out to. This book follows along with that focus quite well.