Courageous Grace: Following the Way of Christ  -     By: Gayle Haggard
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Courageous Grace: Following the Way of Christ

Tyndale House / 2013 / Paperback

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As a Bible teacher and pastor's wife, Gayle has spoken for decades about the amazing power of grace. But it took a crisis in her husband's life and the crumbling of her own for her to have an epiphany about the true nature of God's grace---and the courage it takes to extend it to others!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 225
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414365004
ISBN-13: 9781414365008
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As a Bible teacher, Gayle had taught for decades about the amazing power of grace in a person’s life. Yet it took a crisis in her husband’s life and the crumbling of her own life around her for her to have an epiphany about the true nature of grace. In Courageous Grace, Gayle chronicles and explains her newfound insights.

Despite common misperceptions, grace is not safe. It’s not easy. Frankly, it takes courage to show grace to those who deserve less. Oftentimes, the person showing God’s grace gets counted among the sinners, just as Jesus experienced centuries ago. Gayle explores the story of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman to reveal the courageous side of showing grace.

We live in a society that vacillates between glorifying sin and crucifying those who fall. Gayle encourages us to take the road less traveled—daring to do the hard work of showing God’s grace to the sinners among us. It’s what followers of Christ are called to do.

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Gayle Haggard is a speaker, teacher, and the wife of Ted Haggard. Together they grew New Life Church in Colorado from a handful of people to a 14,000-member congregation. There, Gayle directed the women's ministries,, teaching women of all ages and overseeing 150 women's small groups. In 2006, their world was rocked by scandal, and they stepped down from leadership. Today, Gayle lives to shares the hope and grace that strengthened her in her darkest hour. In addition to Why I Stayed, Gayle is the author of A Life Embraced: A Hopeful Guide for the Pastor's Wife. She and Ted reside in Colorado Springs.

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  1. Nebraska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace is giving to someone what they don't deserve
    March 31, 2014
    PstrM
    Nebraska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Gayle Haggard brings us this challenge to understand grace like never before. She is speaking from experience as the wife of the high profile pastor who failed morally. Gayle reminds us the goal is restoration and that he who is without cast the first stone. People seem to forget that, and can't wait to remove someone who has failed. Guess what? You're time is coming. Hopefully they picked up a copy of this humbling book on grace.
  2. WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Rather one-sided
    August 29, 2013
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    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
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    This book has some really good points that challenged my thinking.  There was the one conversation that stuck out to me where the non-Christian said the reason he isn't a Christian is because of how Christians can condemn and gossip about other Christians who have sinned and repented.  That was a challenge to me to extend grace to those around me.  However, the whole book left me wanting something more.  Gayle didn't seem to ever really go into the heart of the betrayal.  I can't believe that your husband could let you down like hers did and you just forgive the next day  and move on.  It almost seemed like she struggled more with the fact that anyone would have an issue with Ted's sin more than she did with the sin itself.  I believe for there to be true healing she needed to wrestle deeply with her heart and work through the struggle.  Forgiveness is not glib; not if it is true forgiveness.  That is the part I didn't like about the book.  I don't like to think i am legalistic, but sin's consequences do not always just go away because you have apologized and repented.  Trust must be earned again and it is painful and time-consuming to reconcile and restore and maybe that is just because we are all still humans and it shouldn't be; that I don't know.  
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 29, 2013
    Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Courageous Grace by Gayle Haggard is a book about grace and forgiveness. From the publisher's website:"As a Bible teacher, Gayle had taught for decades about the amazing power of grace in a person's life. Yet it took a crisis in her husband's life and the crumbling of her own life around her for her to have an epiphany about the true nature of grace. In Courageous Grace, Gayle chronicles and explains her newfound insights."

    This book came at a really wonderful time for me. I often struggle with grace and forgiveness. I know that God is a God who forgives but sometimes I have a really hard time forgiving myself. I can forgive others but sometimes I have a hard time forgiving my family. These are not good things or good aspects of my personality. Mrs Haggard's book deals with all of these topics and more.

    She talks about God's forgiveness, about accepting forgiveness, about being forgiving and extending grace on our enemies. This book is wonderfully written and easy to read. Even though it is easy to read, it is not a light book by any means. She digs into each section with lots of scripture and personal insight to help the reader learn the message of grace. Grace is something all of us really need to learn and use in our every day lives. I'm better for reading this book and I hope you will be too.
  4. PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace Extended
    August 27, 2013
    rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Courageous Grace by Gayle Haggard is her story of grace. Gayle and her family reached a point in their life that they needed grace extended to them. After living through those circumstances in her life she is able to teach other people about extending grace to everyone around them which was a thought-provoking concept to me. I know what the Bible tells us to do but that can be different then actually doing it.
  5. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Courageous Grace
    August 21, 2013
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Courageous Grace is a great book that tells its readers what real grace looks like and how it can impact not only your life, but also the lives of others. The authors starts out by recounted a hard time in her life when she was desperate for grace to be shown to her and how her experience has changed her life. The author teaches why people need grace, which is because we are all sinful, broken people. She also teaches her readers what sin is, how it affects people, and what our response to sin and sinful people should be as Christians. The author used many examples from Scripture to explain that real grace is not judging others because we all sin, instead, we should show others love, support, and help them to be reconciled instead of shunning or ostracizing them. The book taught that if we show people grace, especially when they are broken in their sin, then that grace shown will not only help bring restoration and healing to people, but also make us more like Christ. The author also wrote of the importance of forgiveness and what real forgiveness looks like and why forgiveness is necessary in showing grace to others. I really liked this book because the author taught important Biblical concepts with gentleness, respect, and in a practical manner. I had no trouble understanding what the author was trying to say and I agree with her that if the Church would show forgiveness without judging those that sin in their congregations but instead support them and help bring restoration/healing in their lives, then Christianity would be viewed better by non-Christians. I think that if every Christian were to act more like Jesus with their attitudes and actions concerning this topic, then I think that more "sinners" would be drawn to Christ and our world would be changed dramatically and in a more positive way.
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