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.)