Saturday, September 22, 2012

Grace by Max Lucado

I recently received a free copy of the new Max Lucado book Grace.

This was one I picked up not sure of how it would turn out. 
Max is one of the.most gifted story tellers of our age; yet sometimes the story tellers stories can begin to sound a lot alike.

So I picked this up really not sure of where this would go.
here is what the author had to say:


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 bestselling author Max Lucado says we've settled for a wimpy grace, a goldfish grace that sits in a bowl on the shelf and never causes trouble or demands a response.

There's more to grace than we've ever imagined, and in his brand new trade book Lucado shares the truths of this cornerstone message of his ministry. He challenges readers to not only receive grace but also to be changed by grace. Shaped by grace. Strengthened by grace. Emboldened by grace. Softened by grace. Snatched by the nape of their neck and shaken to their senses by grace.

This book worked on a progressionary scale. Each chapter seemed to not be a separate entity but a continuation or even a perfecting of the one before. It is as if we are seeing God's system of grace unfolding a little more on each chapter.

This is a book not on Prevenient grace, saving grace or sustaining grace but a book on all three (primarily the later two as I'll explain in a moment) 

Max does a great job taking the reader through these stages of grace without the doctrinal jargon.or rhetoric upon which denominations split. In fact my only cringe end when two words slipped in Eternal Salvation. It made clear Max's beliefs on while potentially alienating.those from the Wesley side of the discussion. 

Yet in it all I found a book well worth the read; captivating.  Profound.  Simple in its revealing of the.complex; yet detailed enough to not leave room for the readers personal opinions on The topic.

I.truly would recommend this to anyone as a great read and a great gift. Share the GRACE!

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