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Red Like Blood: Confrontations With Grace - eBook
Shepherd Press / 2011 / ePub
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At its heart, Red Like Blood is the over-arching story of the Bible, the story of salvation: the amazing grace of God in Jesus Christ impacting our brokenness, drenching us in forgiveness and mercy. It is told through the lives of two men - a prodigal and a pastor's kid - whose broken lives are forever stained the color of grace as they are confronted by the One who meets them in their hopelessness and despair, bringing redemption and healing. Red Like Blood chronicles the power of the gospel in all of its life-changing fullness. It is a story that should challenge, encourage and empower us all.
"Every now and then, a book emerges that challenges and informs in ways that seem fresh and stimulating. Employing captivating stories, Coffey and Bevington speak to an audience otherwise deaf to more standard forms of communicating the gospel. The stories are thrilling in themselves, but woven into the telling of them is a gospel-thread that both entices and captivates. It is difficult to exaggerate the usefulness of this book in communicating what grace means in the lives of individuals." - Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
Joe Coffey is senior pastor of Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, OH, and blogs at joecoffeytalk.com.
Bob Bevington is an author, entrepreneur, and optometrist who co-authored The Bookends of the Christian Life and The Great Exchange with Jerry Bridges.
Red like Blood by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington is designed to depict how everyone experiences brokenness and, as the authors call it, "confrontations with grace." This book does not address its subject delicately, for the power of man's brokenness and God's grace is not a delicate thing. The authors are both passionate Christian men who seek to reveal the power of grace to fellow Christians.
Coffey and Bevington apply tremendous pressure against doubt and pride. Their points are supported by real life stories. It is like one massive quilt. Each story is a picture, and all the pictures are carefully sewn together by string of the authors' comments, yet all of them are at the same time unique. They are able to do this because they share their own stories, which are equally as powerful as the stories they recall from others. Their stories reveal that they are thoroughly experienced in the subjects of brokenness and confrontations with grace.
The chief points are found scattered between a half-dozen varying stories. They are things that cause people to become broken and then to seek the grace of God. These factors include pride, doubt, and desire for independence. The authors illustrate these things with excellent images. For instance, Bevington compares doubt to a sniper, hitting him when he never expects it; and Coffey declares that "grace is like kryptonite to pride." These types of illustrations are scattered throughout the book, accompanying every story. The authors strive to depict through all their tales that grace is not gentle, that it "flows red like blood." To emphasize this, Bevington even uses the comparison that the cup of grace goes down the throat "like Hell."
Red like Blood is the layman's handbook to the reality of broken people finding grace. This is not a book that runs in a line from point to point. However, if one reads it chapter by chapter everything will be revealed within the ending pages. When the authors finally come out and declare their point, it is like riding a bike too fast and hitting a guardrail. Flat on your face you have been thrown flat and humbled before the throne of God in all his magnificent glory and overpowering grace.
The concept of confrontational grace may be portrayed rather unconventionally in this book, but it is not a new concept. Deitrich Bonhoeffer once wrote that, "It is the grace of the Gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that confronts us with the truth." This book is not a book for the young mind, due to some stories that still contain the grit found in shattered lives. Indeed, Bevington calls it a PG-13 book. I would recommend this book for adult study groups and for people who have experienced brokenness and have found, or, perhaps, are seeking grace. Joshua A. Spotts, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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