Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse was not what I expected. I am not sure what I was expecting, it may have been from my oversite on the cover of not seeing the fact this book was a memoir. The writing in this book is captivating and pulls you into the story, many of these instances any of us can relate too. Admittedly I struggle to get into this book in the beginning, where I wanted more information I was not finding it, and in other cases I did not want to continue but the more I read the more I wanted to know about how the fast turned out. By the end of the book I did not want to finish the story. Velthouse brings an insight on topics I had never considered, and being one of those people that always tries to follow the rules I easily related to her. By the last two chapters I did not want the story to end, and when it did I craved to know more, I hope for another book to come about the communal fasting of the members on the farm and to hear from not just Velthouse but also those accompanying her on the fast and their experiences.
Craving Grace is exactly what the cover claims 'a story of
faith, failure, and my search for sweetness' many times we forget to look at the sweetness of grace that God has granted us. Craving Grace has opened up that idea and pushed me to wanting to understand that grace more fully and instead of attempting to always do what I am supposed to but to remember the grace that God gives us.
Craving Grace appealed to me, someone who does not often read memoirs, because of the author who wrote it. Years ago I read Saving My First Kiss, and the news about Craving Grace mostly circulated around the fact that she didn't save her first kiss as she had promised to. I wanted to know why; not because I was upset about it, but because I wanted to know what changed the girl who had passionately written about saving her first kiss. What had happened in her life to cause a need to discover grace once again?
Lisa Velthouse delves into the details of her life pre kiss book and post kiss book, discussing and dissecting her emotions and feelings and, most importantly, her perception of God. It's an interesting account filled with moments of hilarity, passion, sadness, and confusion. It's real life, and time after time I stopped mid-chapter to sigh and consider how similarly I've felt in my own walk with Christ.
It is only through much heartache and turmoil that Lisa discovers what grace is really about, and what the God who gives it freely is really like. It's a touching, inspiring story, and even if you're not big into memoirs, I'd give this one a shot anyway.
I received a complementary copy of Lisa Velthouse's Craving Grace through the Tyndale Blog Network. Craving Grace is Velthouse's personal memoirs of her life as a Christian, trying to do what she thought was the right thing to please God. She wrote a book called "Saving My First Kiss," and spoke about saving herself for her future husband. She tried many other techniques to make herself feel like she was a perfect Christian, such as fasting, but always failed in the end. Eventually, we follow her journey to love.
While I enjoyed the story of Craving Grace, I found it a little bit hard to follow. Velthouse jumps around in time, and I would personally have liked it better if it was chronological. She has a charming amount of humor about her life and what she has been through to get where she is that I found refreshing. All in all, it was a good book.