Wednesday, October 9, 2013

40 Days of Grace: A Book Review and Blog Tour!

About The Book:

Rich Miller has spent his ministry trying to help people accept,and then keep accepting, God’s perfect grace. As president of Freedom in Christ Ministries he helped develop the Grace Course which teaches this concept. In 40 Days of Grace, he has gathered his lifetime of reflections into devotional readings that thoroughly explore what it means to live a grace-filled life.

Rich has seen, time and time again, that so many of us start out excited and grateful for God’s saving, rescuing grace, and yet somehow we take a wrong turn. It’s as if we gradually get tricked into believing that somewhere God changed the rules and it’s actually up to us to make the Christian life work. We are drawn into self-effort and forget what it is to live by grace.
40 Days of Grace is a powerful reminder of the Father wholoves us and runs to meet His wayward children—a chance to rest in His grace.

You can read an excerpt here.

About The Author:

Rich Miller is President of Freedom in Christ Ministries - USA. He was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ from 1976 to 1993 and has traveled around the world in Christian missions work. During his years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he ministered to youth in America and trained other staff to work with youth; was a missionary to the Philippines where he was in charge of the ministry there; and traveled for a year with author and speaker, Josh McDowell.

Rich joined Freedom in Christ Ministries in 1993. He is pasionate about revival of the Church in America, and has authored or co-authored twenty-five books and discipleship manuals, including Freedom from Fear, Getting Anger Under Control, Breaking the Bondage of Legalism, Journey to Freedom and the Freedom Discipleship Series. He is also author of To My Dear Slimeball, a youth-oriented verison of the C.S. Lewis classic The Screwtape Letters.

Rich spearheaded the development of the volunteer-base Community Freedom Ministry strategy of FICM-USA and now oversees the development and growth of the online training institute, CFM University. He also serves as FICM International Chairman, helping oversee the integrity an expansion of the message and ministry of freedom around the world.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in meteorology at Penn State University, A Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Simon Greenleaf University, and received an additional Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta.

Rich leads teaching seminars such as Breaking Free in Christ and Extreme Church Makeover (formerly Setting Your Church Free), as well as workshops on Getting Your Anger Under Control and Freedom from Fear.
He is co-presenter with Steve Gross in "The Grace Course". He lives with his wife, Shirley, in the mountains of western North Carolina. They have four young adult children.

My Review:

I have been familiar with the Freedom in Christ Ministries for several years, while it founded and ran by Dr. Neil Anderson. It has been a while though since reading any of this ministries resources, so was excited to read 40 Days of Grace. 

The book is a wonderful reminder that Grace is given regardless of what we have done. We don't deserve it but its given freely, we just have to accept it. We don't have to do more, work harder, pray hard or anything like that to give it! When we accept it though our lives will change because of God's Grace. We will never be the same person we used to be when we allow God's Grace to cover us! This book is full of little nuggets and is very nicely organized. Each chapter covered one week of devotions, with a thought, truth, question and prayer for each day. It is a great gift idea for young people, new Christians and even though of us who have followed Christ for many years.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase 40 Days of Grace online through Kregel Publications. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.

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

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