Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Grace Of God: Book Review

About The Book

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. That 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.”
—Andy Stanley

We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God.

From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders.
Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, “It can’t be that easy!”
“What about obedience?”
“What about disobedience?”
“What about repeated misbehavior?”
“What about bad habits?”
“What about justice?”
“What about repentance?”
It’s this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that’s the beauty and the truth of grace. We don’t deserve it. We can’t earn it. It can’t be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally.
The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.

The Grace of God - Book Promo Video from Andy Waddell on Vimeo.

About The Author:

Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one campus to three in the Atlanta area, and has helped plant fourteen strategic partner churches throughout the United States. Each Sunday, over 20,000 adults attend worship services at one of NPM's three campuses, North Point Community Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, and Buckhead Church. Andy's books include It Came From Within,Communicating for a Change, Making Vision Stick, and Next Generation Leader. Andy lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife, Sandra, and their three children.

My Review:

Grace. A five letter word that is easy to say but so not easy to understand. Andy Stanley has written a wonderful book that will help the reader understand God's gift of grace to us. A free gift, if only we choose to accept it. 

Stanley takes the reader through the lives of both Old and New Testaments figures and shows us the same Grace given then, is the Grace available to us today, whether we deserve it or not (we don't). I was taken on a wonderful journey of understanding the Grace of God just a little more after reading this book. 

Here are a few points from the book that have just blown me away:

"Christ's death and resurrection signaled to the world that the kingdom of God is not reserved for good people. It is reserved for forgiven people" (p.190)

"grace and discipline are not mutually exclusive. One does not preclude the other. Discipline is often an expression of grace" (p. 100)

I strongly encourage you to read this book, and as you do, you will be reminded of the the wonderful gift of grace given to us by God.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Grace Of God by Andy Stanley online through Thomas Nelson - it is also available through your local Christian bookseller now.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy you liked this book! It's just awesome. I wanted to share his facebook page link with you if you aren't already a "friend" of his :) http://on.fb.me/aTXcn6