I just finished Captured by Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah. I read it at a point in my life where it reinforced what God was teaching me via my daily Bible study, and because of that it was a blessing to me. I loved that it was a Biblically sound book, as they are rare to find these days even amid Christian literature. I was not fond of the storytelling Dr. Jeremiah used to help us walk in John Newton and the Apostle Paul's lives, but that is a personal preference. I did truly enjoy the Biblical truths he expounded on concerning grace through the book though.Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I recommend this book very, very highly to you. It was an engaging read that held my attention and my wandering mind (quite an accomplishment these days, LOL). There are so many interesting tidbits about Paul and John Newton, that it really helped to flesh out my understanding of their lives. It was also very interesting to see the influence of these mens' Christian walks on others, and how that affected the issues of their times. John Newton's conversion had a far reaching affect that influenced and added strength to the movement to abolish slavery through his unique testimony. While Paul was influential in the development of the early church and it's leadership. Dr. Jeremiah shares hardly known facts regarding each life from both before and after their conversions. Looking at Paul's life, Dr. Jeremiah shows us how small seeds of the knowledge of God were being planted in Paul's mind and soul by seeing how Christians acted during and after their capture. As Christians we often times forget how God can use us every time we interact with others, no matter the circumstances. This book has left me with a better understanding of God's grace, and how it should impact my daily walk. Dr. Jeremiah referenced many different versus, and this was the first time for me to feel that I understood what the Romans Road is all about. It has inspired me to be more conscious of how my interactions can be affecting someone else's life, and to work on being more Christ-like in my everyday life. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Captured by Grace: No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God by Dr. David Jeremiah is another book that is hard to put down. Dr. Jeremiah could not have done a better intro when he shared about Turkey Throwing Case that made it to the New York Times in 2005. I would not have known that it was so talked about until I googled it.Dr. Jeremiah penned it perfectly when he said, Grace is shockingsomething like the heavenly converse of a traffic accident. When love is returned for evil, we cant help stopping to rubberneck. Grace is the delivery of a jewel that nobody ordered, a burst of light in a room where everyone forgot it was dark.Dr. David Jeremiah perfectly weaves in the stories of Apostle Paul and John Newton(the former slave driver and the composer of the song Amazing Grace) and tells of their respective radical stories of Grace they found in Christ. I love how Dr. Jeremiah defines grace in a manner that it allows the reader to have a better grasp of what it is like and how it is still true even in the present day. For those who know what it is like,Captured by Grace will make them want to grab hold of it once again and who are yet to find it, long for it.
I have always heard so much about this author and was very excited when I got the chance to review this book. Unfortunately, my excitement was short-lived as I began to read this book.Although I was enticed by the subject of GRACE, the promises that I would learn something from this book were short-lived. I found the wording very hard for me to understand and follow. The examples of others that have been on the search for grace were too numerous in this book for my liking, I found myself trying too hard to remember all of the examples and not being able to focus on the main point that Dr. Jeremiah was trying to get across - "the transforming mercy that captured songwriter John Newton and the apostle Paul can awaken within you a fresh experience of the God who loves you fearlessly and pursues you with abandon."Maybe my initial understanding of what this book was about was wrong... I thought that it would be more about how to allow the Grace of God to enter your life and help through the trials of life. I may try and reread this book at another time (to see if I may gain more from a second reading than I did from this first reading), once I have grown more in my faith.If you are a person that learns best from example, this book may be for you... but for myself, I needed something a little more straight forward and to the point, at this time in my life.
It is very surprising that I had never read this book before. As an admirer of the extremely well spoken and scholarly Dr. Jeremiah, I find his teaching and writing very easy to comprehend as well as very applicable to my own life. Captured by Grace is no different.Saul of Tarsus (Paul) was a Jewish scholar whose goal in life was to rid the planet of those professing to be Christians. John Newton was a slave trader. Though they were well aware of the Scriptures, they engaged in some of the most reproachable practices even to today's standards. Thought Paul (Saul) became one of the most prolific writers of the New Testament and Newton the author of one of the most beloved hymns "Amazing Grace" they had something deeper in common. Both men were touched by undeserved grace and therefore able to turn their lives around without the weight of guilt for their past lives. Captured by Grace drives home that none of us, no matter what we have done, are beyond the reach of grace and forgiveness.Disclosure in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : This book was presented to me free of charge by Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their program without expectation of a positive review. The sentiments expressed here are my own.