Extraordinary Grace: Where God's Love Meets Your Deepest Need  -     By: Gary Chapman, Chris Fabry
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Extraordinary Grace: Where God's Love Meets Your Deepest Need

Moody Publishing / 2013 / Hardcover

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Do you feel like a broken branch on God's family tree? Are you struggling to understand how your mistakes can be forgiven? Discover the hidden treasure of God's mercy! Introducing you to fellow "broken branches"---Abraham, Rahab, David, Solomon, Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Joseph---Chapman and Fabry assure you that God is ready to forgive and restore you! 156 pages, hardcover from Moody.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 156
Vendor: Moody Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802410790
ISBN-13: 9780802410795
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Do you feel like a broken branch on God's famly tree? Do you feel like God chooses the super spiritual and the "perfect" but you're on the outside looking in?

Are you afraid he won't accept you because you're not perfect?

God is not looking for perfect people. He's looking for those who need his extraordinary grace.In this encouraging book, Dr. Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry explore the lives of people who abandoned themselves to the love and mercy of God.

God is ready to forgive, restore, and give an abundant life.  He wants to showcase His mercy and love through you.

If you long to connect with God at a heart level, if you're struggling to understand your brokenness and how past and present mistakes can be forgiven, this book will encourage you. When you hear this good news and truly experience it in the heart, you'll discover the path to spreading God's grace to others.

Discover the hidden treasure of God's extraordinary grace!

Study Guide included - perfect for small group discussion or individual study.

Author Bio

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.

CHRIS FABRY is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.Chris' novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart, Borders of the Heart, and his latest release, Every Waking Moment, have won three Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.Find out more about Chris at his website, www.chrisfabry.com.

Editorial Reviews

I've read many books regarding 'Grace', but this one truly touched my heart.

Although I was not sure about the concept of exploring 'Grace' through the "Lineage of Christ", I realized that 'Grace' is for everyone. I had not thought about some of the individuals listed in his genealogy, but it was a collection of the good and the not-so-good and shows how everyone can be used by God. It was through the unlikely ones in the lineage that I understood that God's grace is for all and that all can be used.

I also appreciated the three sections: Receiving, Possessing and Extending God's Grace. I had never really taken into consideration the extension of grace to others. "Grace Made Flesh" was a very powerful chapter that truly opened my heart to Grace. The book is easy to read and very enjoyable as well as being a great teaching tool.

Review by Alicia Farage, Net Galley on September 3, 2013

This is a wonderful book, written so everyone can understand the awesomeness of God.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Review by Beverly Schreiner, Net GAlley on October 6, 2013

Extraordinary Grace: How the Unlikely Lineage of Jesus Reveals God's Amazing Love by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry (Moody, 2013) is very different from the previous book, but no less edifying. The book is, according to the authors "a study of God at work among ordinary people." It is an exploration into seven characters in the genealogy of Jesus. It brings OT figures like Abraham and Rahab to life with descriptive prose and imaginative descriptions of their thoughts and emotions. These are characters who "failed, fell or chose badly."

The effect of the grace of God in the lives of these Bible characters, we are told, is not that we will be compelled to please God with a holy life but that we allow the holy life of Jesus to live in and through us. This allows us to become an agent of grace to others.

Chapman and Fabry tell these stories to remind us that it is only by God's grace that we are forgiven and accepted.  Rating 4 out of 5.

Reviewed by Mark Farnham, Net Galley, October 14, 2013


I've read many books regarding 'Grace', but this one truly touched my heart.

Although I was not sure about the concept of exploring 'Grace' through the "Lineage of Christ", I realized that 'Grace' is for everyone. I had not thought about some of the individuals listed in his genealogy, but it was a collection of the good and the not-so-good and shows how everyone can be used by God. It was through the unlikely ones in the lineage that I understood that God's grace is for all and that all can be used.

I also appreciated the three sections: Receiving, Possessing and Extending God's Grace. I had never really taken into consideration the extension of grace to others. "Grace Made Flesh" was a very powerful chapter that truly opened my heart to Grace.

The book is easy to read and very enjoyable as well as being a great teaching tool.

Rating 5 of 5

Review by Alicia Farage, Net Galley, October 16, 2013

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    This book provides a walk through scripture with a focus on God's grace. It selects nine men and women, each of which contributes to our understanding of grace, and outlines their story and examines the result that grace had on their lives.

    Some books attempt to present a theology of grace. This book gives a dramatic look at how God's grace is lived out in the lives of His people. Each chapter not only tells the character's story, but also includes clear statement of the lessons of the chapter apply to life of modern believer. The book ends with a selection of Bible Studies suitable for use by an individual or group as they learn about God's grace. I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of text, application, and Bible Study - it makes this book very practical in a number of situations.

    My biggest concern is the inconsistent use of Scripture references throughout the book. Some references are included in the body of the text, others are included in notes located at the end of the book. Given the inconsistent use of references, it is difficult to tell whether all scripture references are cited correctly. It appears that the final copy of the book will include a significant amount of artwork to accompany the text; however, other than the insertion of some blank picture frames, the artwork was not included in my review copy.

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    This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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