Grace by Max Lucado is not written as a theology book. It is written as a book that should/could/would help a christian walk through their christian life. He strives to make the point of just how big God's grace really is and that grace can be unique to each individual believer because each of us is unique as is our walk with God.
The author uses a lot of story telling which I think makes his books so popular because people can relate. They can remember stories. I happen to like books like this where I can learn or re-learn things without the use of 2 dictionaries and a thesaurus.
Whether you have been walking with God for 9 minutes or 90 years, there is always something to learn about the Grace of God.
And as with all his other books, there is a built in study guide.
I would not hesitate to loan this book out to people.
This is the Patriarch of the Grace family. Subtitled "More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine," Lucado launches into his discussion of grace with both feet, using this book as the cornerstone for other endeavors. At almost 250 pages, the book defines terms and lays the groundwork for a deeper understanding of the grace of God and how it impacts our lives. And, for the sake of applicability, there's a study guide and discussion questions built (or published) right in to the book.
Using touching illustrations that draw upon the heart strings like a good Hallmark movie based on a Chicken Soup for the Soul entry, Lucado describes God's grace to the reader as a limitless, boundless pursuer of the prodigals, a designation we all share. Grace meets us where we are, sees us for what we can be, washes us clean (even our stinky feet), inspires genuine transformation within us, and ultimately secures our place in Heaven (should we choose to accept it). Grace (the book) is everything you expect of a Max Lucado book and will surely please fans of his previous works.
WOW......IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE I POSTED....and/or read or reviewed anything. I am so sorry...there is so much going on in my life right but that is another post for a later time...and I will be sure to post so that I can update everyone on the new stuff going on. More than that, this post is to tell you about yet another absolutely awesome Max Lucado book. Max Lucado has quickly become one of my favorite authors (thanks to my spiritual parents for sharing with me) and he has done it yet again. He has taken a concept that is HIGHLY misunderstood, debated, and ESSENTIAL and found a new way to explain it.
I have to say that sometimes I drastically underestimate God's grace. I tend to imagine it as this flowery, soft feeling_ to be graceful, to show grace_ but it is also so much more than that, it is 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 HIs grace is. God gives us the kind of grace we need when we need it and usually without us knowing we need it.
This book focuses on our understanding of God's grace and its presence everywhere. As usual, Max has used plenty of stories and examples that offer hope and encouragement and uplift the reader. Some are achingly sad and others are joyous, but there's grace in all of them. I am the type of person that needs to be able to get lost in what I'm reading and Lucado was able to use these stories to do just that. I was moved by many of them and it was easy to then see the grace that was shown. One thing that really hit home with me was on page 98 "'Take it away,' you've pleaded_You've out prayed Paul_You're about to hit the wall_what you hear is this: â€˜My grace is sufficient for you.'" Sometimes it feels overwhelming. Sometimes you feel like just giving up. Max helps you understand that God's grace is constant and it always meets us when/where we need it to. His grace gives us what we need to make it through the current trial and the next one. We also can never receive too much...Just don't give up.
While the first half of the book is Max explaining, more importantly showing us where to find, Grace in the Bible; the latter half is more of a study guide to teach how to make grace a practical part of your life. "Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off." That's not an easy concept to believe. Unfortunately our society focuses on what an individual can or cannot do. We focus more on the failings of people and do what we can to point out their screw-ups, rather than look for the triumphs. God does the exact opposite...God says let Me use your shortcomings for My glory. I have to say that I think everyone should read this book!!!! :)
(I received a free copy of this book through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed here are my own.)