Grace, by Max Lucado. Grace isn't something that is easily grasped by believers. It's a concept that is hard to believe or accept! Why would God offer it to us so freely? Can we ever really comprehend it and what is expected of us in showing grace to others? Max takes us through the stories of Jesus and how showed grace to "sinners", such as the woman caught in adultery. As well as the scriptures to give us a full understanding of what it means and how much it cost!
Max Lucado tackles the subject of grace in this book and my goodness does he ever do an amazing job! I am not a cryer, but I spent the majority of time reading this book in tears! It is so wonderful! If you've ever wondered what God thinks of you, Max Lucado does an amazing job showing you! If I could afford to buy 100 copies of this book just to hand out I would! It is an amazing book that is necessary for all of us to discover! This belongs in the hands of every believer! What an amazingly talented man! God has given him the gift of being able to convey his truths with much impact! I really can't say enough about this book, it is a must have!
Received this book in exchange for an honest review from book sneeze.
This is a book for anyone who desires to not only know, but practice grace. Max wonderfully explains and illustrates, through word pictures, how the Bible explains grace. The book helps one understand and practice grace. The latter half of the book is a study guide to help one make grace real from the reader to others. It is appropriate for adults who desire not only to know more about Jesus, but also to follow Him .
I enjoyed this book. The chapters were rooted in Scripture and helpful in understanding and engaging in grace. Max clearly loves Jesus and begins to plumb the depth of Jesus' grace to us. Like other of Max's books, this one certainly is understandable and practical. I recommend this book!
Sometimes I drastically underestimate God's grace. I imagine it as this flowery, soft feeling_ to be graceful, to show grace_ but it is also dogged and abounding. When I think I've gone too far, messed up too much, or done the unforgiveable, I am reminded of how utterly relentless grace is. God gives us the kind of grace we need when we need it.
I've read my share of Lucado's books throughout the years and this is a nice addition to them. This book focuses on our understanding God's grace and its presence everywhere. As usual with the author's books, there are plenty of stories and examples that offer hope to encourage and uplift the reader. Some are achingly sad and others are joyous, but there's grace in all of them. I am not, in general, a crier but I read this around Christmas time and so many of the stories just got to me.
One of my favorite quotes used in the book sums up my experience with God's grace: Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup_ if only I had known you better, I'd have come running with a bucket. -Nancy Spiegelberg
I'll be passing this book on to my friends. It was a grace to read it and it'll be a grace to pass it on.
(I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine - By: Max Lucado
Max Lucado is a husband, father, pastor and he is a story teller. All of these things are very clear when you read any of his books and the combination of these four things, in my opinion, is why his books are definite "must reads" whether you are talking bout a book he wrote on the Bible of one of his many wonderful books for children. He knows how to write words in a way which captures our attention and in a way which helps us understand Who God is and the truth of how much He loves us!
Max's newest book is called Grace - a word which on it's own causes our hearts to have hope! Grace is something we all need and thankfully is something God so richly lavishes on us! As Max says in this book, Grace is, "~ More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine ~" Just reading this was enough to make me want to read the book!
As I read Grace, the following things really stood out for me . . .
â€¢"Grace is God's best idea!" - of all the possible responses to the disobedience - the sin of people - God chose to give us grace! How amazing is that?!!! Grace is real love in action.
â€¢"God's Grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downess about it. Grace comes after you." - I had never thought about grace like this before. I grew up with songs like, Amazing Grace, which while it is a wonderful, amazing song, it leaves me with the feeling of "tameness" and "quietness". But, God's grace is wild and full of life! It does turn us upside-down and it does completely change our lives!
â€¢"When God hears your heart He hears the still-beating heart of His Son!" - Jesus is the ultimate organ donator - He gave His heart; His life so we can live!
â€¢"Do we clean up so God can accept us? no, He accepts us and begins cleaning us up! Grace lives because Jesus does, works because He works and matters because He matters!" - I'm so glad I can know, "Grace lives because Jesus does"! I'm so thankful I do not have to "clean up" before God can accept me because I can never make myself clean enough for God to accept me.
â€¢"Jesus stooped. Low enough to sleep in a manger, work in a carpentry shop, sleep in a fishing boat. Low enough to rub shoulders with crooks and lepers. Low enough to be spat upon, slapped, nailed and speared. Low. Low enough to be buried. And then He stood. Up from the slab of death. Tall. High. He stood up for the woman and silenced her accusers and He does the same for you." - yes, Jesus stooped low. But then He stood up! He rose from the dead and He stands up for me as He silences Satan and declares me forgiven; the recipient of God's Grace!
Grace is a must-read book! It will give you a new view of grace and a new view of God! One of the most important, most powerful things we can do as grandmas for our grandchildren is to help them understand the gift of Grace God has for them. Read this book and share what you learn with your grandchildren by accepting this grace from God and then living a life which is not only touched by grace, but is completely turned upside-down by it! Be a grandma who not only has received grace, but who freely gives it to those around you!