Dr. Jeremiahs book follows the lives of the Apostle Paul and the former slave-trader John Newton, who went on to write the hymn Amazing Grace. God used grace as the instrumental key that turned each of these mens lives from brutal to beautiful. A wonderful reminder of the power of grace, this book will remind you that it is by grace alone that we are saved. I was also inspired anew to freely give grace to others in light of the fact that without Gods offer of grace to me, I would be without hope for salvation. While portions of the book were dry and the flow seemed off at times, overall a good read. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
The book captured by Grace is one of inspiration and, if you allow it, will change your life's perspective on what it truly means to live by grace. While this book will point out the difficulties we as a human race tend to have in understanding what it means to be bought by grace, Dr. Jeremiah helps to redirect our focus so that it is not a frightening experience but a freeing one when we truly allow grace to penetrate our life. One of my favorite parts in the book is the question Dr. Jeremiah quotes us as using, "Why is this happening?", I can relate to this and agree wholeheartedly when the author redirects by stating the question we should be asking ourselves in hard or difficult times is, "What is God teaching me?". Overall this book is insightful and inspirational and I recommend it with two thumbs up!
Do you really understand grace? Do you know that God is out to get you...pursue you with His love? Have you been captured by grace?Dr. Jeremiah explores the concept of grace and what it means for us as human beings. Using the life stories of the apostle Paul and John Newton (the author of the song, "Amazing Grace"), Dr. Jeremiah gives us a picture of what grace can do in a person's life that was totally against God. He travels through the different principles of grace like...*apart from works.*accepted by faith.*available to all.*attained by justification.*awarded freely.*acquired through redemption.My favorite part of the book was when he elaborates on the story of the Prodigal Son. I love how he focused on the response of the father to his son and the grace that was involved. I will have to admit at times I had a hard time focusing on some parts of the book, but all in all I loved this look at grace!
Ever feel like God is pursuing you or trying to get your attention? Well, God is trying to get your attention. Why does he want to get your attention? Its because he wants to give you the gift of his grace. Grace, an incredible gift indeed, ever thought about that word before or just what it implies? Dr. David Jeremiah delves right into this concept in this book. Using one of the probably best known, well loved hymns of all times, Amazing Grace, and a look at it's author, John Newton's life paralleled with the life of and scriptures written by the apostle Paul as a framework to unfold just what exactly God's grace is for us. Filled with vivid, descriptive text, illustrative stories and solidly grounded in the scripture this book will change your understanding and perspective at some degree for every one of what grace is, and how God works. It was a slow read for me but a good one as it is packed with Biblical teachings and truths. My understanding of God's word grew it seemed with pretty much each turn of the page. I know that this will be a reference book that I turn back to time and time again, not just a one time read. I received a free copy of this copy through Thomas Nelson Publishings Book Sneeze book review program. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.
I love any book that talks about grace...And this book surprised me. It wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be more of a "Self Help" kinda book... which it was - but BETTER. I'm not a self-help kinda gal - those books bore me. But this book had back stories on John Newton & the Apostle Paul that was just so interesting. Two men from different times... but the same grace... the same grace that hits us & makes their stories make sense to us in our lives today.I especially loved this book because it broke things down... like the verses from Amazing Grace... line by line & gave an example, or a story, or just "real talk"...They also would do that with verses in the Bible - & a big part of it came from Romans - which is my favorite book of the Bible... so this was just awesome for me.I sat with my highlighter, marking up all the things that stood out to me. I always love looking back & seeing what I marked - so many good things... here are just a few examples:*It (Grace) is the gift unsought, unmerited, unlimited. For no matter what we have done, no matter the depth of our transgression, the darkness of our hearts - grace overrules them all.*If we edit the sin out of our awareness, then grace no longer has any beauty or power for us. In due time, we wonder why we need a Savior at all.*Is there any such thing as an "unanswered prayer"? Or would it be wiser to call them "unwanted answers"?I'm so thankful for this book... this will be one I go back & will read over & over again in the future