Courageous Grace: Following the Way of Christ - eBook
Grace is giving to someone what they don't deserve
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.
March 31, 2014
This book has some really good points that challenged my thinking. ÃÂ 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. ÃÂ That was a challenge to me to extend grace to those around me. ÃÂ However, the whole book left me wanting something more. ÃÂ Gayle didn't seem to ever really go into the heart of the betrayal. ÃÂ I can't believe that your husband could let you down like hers did and you just forgive the next day ÃÂ and move on. ÃÂ 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. ÃÂ I believe for there to be true healing she needed to wrestle deeply with her heart and work through the struggle. ÃÂ Forgiveness is not glib; not if it is true forgiveness. ÃÂ That is the part I didn't like about the book. ÃÂ 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. ÃÂ 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. ÃÂ
August 29, 2013
Her Beautiful Healing, Learning Grace + Compassion
This book is excellently written. The teaching is strong in Scriptural basis, and has wonderful quotes from others. Forgiveness and compassion are indeed hard concepts to master, and the church in some ways fails to wield it generously. There is much that is thought-provoking. For example, I understand that we are admonished to forgive repeatedly, but putting it into practice is not easy. These principles are true, but she shows me where I had not realized them and put them to use. I, too, tend to hide my flaws; our society is set up that way. In the church especially, we should drop the faÃÂ§ade. I learned so much, and so many things struck a chord, I wanted to highlight the whole book. I will be reading this book again, taking more time to go deeper.
One of many appropriate quotes: Ã¢ÂÂWithout justifying sin, as I have already made clear its destructive power, the truth is, every time we stumble and fall, we are given an opportunity to discover once again how merciful, patient, and kind God is toward us.Ã¢ÂÂ She follows up with the Bible verse. I agree with the fellow reader who said it is easy to read and to the point.
August 20, 2013
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 personÃ¢ÂÂs life. Yet it took a crisis in her husbandÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
August 29, 2013