Red Like Blood: Confrontations With Grace   -     By: Joe Coffey, Bob Bevington
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Red Like Blood: Confrontations With Grace

Shepherd Press / 2011 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 214
Vendor: Shepherd Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0983099073
ISBN-13: 9780983099079
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Publisher's Description

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.

Endorsements

"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

Author Info

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.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

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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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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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.

    Let me start by saying that I never, absolutely never begin a review with the description of the book found on a retail website . I do not copy and paste, and I always write my own version of what the book is about. But I am breaking that rule today, quite sadly, because this is not a five star review.

    While I completely understand that the sinful state of humankind cannot be sugarcoated, glossed over, or prettied up for the nicest message possible, I also understand that bad language has no place in a Christian's life. All the stories from these two men's lives could have been told without the vulgarities contained within. The concept for this book is wonderful. But the execution was absolutely terrible. Grace is not to be taken advantage of. "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of a God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 1:4. I know that the authors were trying to show who they were, and how by the grace of God they were turned into different men, but I believe they could have done a much better job of conveying that message.

    This book was provided by the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    September 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
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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.

    Let me start by saying that I never, absolutely never begin a review with the description of the book found on a retail website . I do not copy and paste, and I always write my own version of what the book is about. But I am breaking that rule today, quite sadly, because this is not a five star review.

    While I completely understand that the sinful state of humankind cannot be sugarcoated, glossed over, or prettied up for the nicest message possible, I also understand that bad language has no place in a Christian's life. All the stories from these two men's lives could have been told without the vulgarities contained within. The concept for this book is wonderful. But the execution was absolutely terrible. Grace is not to be taken advantage of. "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of a God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 1:4. I know that the authors were trying to show who they were, and how by the grace of God they were turned into different men, but I believe they could have done a much better job of conveying that message.

    This book was provided by the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. DaRev
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful stories of Grace
    April 6, 2012
    DaRev
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    This is a great collection of stories of God's grace delivered in a down to earth way that you can relate to. The stories are powerful, and moving.. and above all honest! Too many Christian books leave out the nitty gritty so as not to offend. This one does not. While still maintaining decorum, it speaks the truth of the struggles and realities of following Christ empowered by His grace. I have purchased a number of copies to give to friends. I highly recommend this book.
  4. Mark
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Penetrating the Cracks
    January 27, 2012
    Mark
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Red Like Blood is about learning to see ourselves as the flawed people we really are. It is only then that God's grace can penetrate the cracks and make us whole. These guys tell it like it is and are not afraid of making honest assessments. Like Joe's description of the church [p. 180]: "People sitting around at various stages of being screwed up." He talks about how easy a target the church is because it is made up of "people who need a Savior_ filled with people who are half-cracked." After all, that is the crowd Jesus hung around. He came to be the physician, not for the healthy ones, but for those who are sick. "And the church has been filled with messed up people ever since."

    If you are looking for a book about Grace that will let you off easy, this is not the book for you. But if you want an honest search for God's healing in your life, this book is for you. If you are looking for satisfaction in your life, you may just find the answer to were it can be found.
  5. Chap
    Green Lane, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    July 21, 2011
    Chap
    Green Lane, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book on grace. Down to earth language, easy reading and to the point. We are using this in our Men's Group. I highly recommend it. In fact, my wife saw it lying around and read it in one sitting!
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