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.)
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!