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  1. Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes  Spiritually Clumsy Woman
    Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman
    Lisa Harper
    Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Heather King
    Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An easy read, great laugh and thoughtful book!
    August 6, 2011
    Heather King
    Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This past week, I picked up Lisa Harper's book, Stumbling Into Grace, with no idea what to expect. She's one of the new speakers to the Women of Faith team and in just a few weeks, I'll get to hear her speak. After reading this book, I'm even more excited about that opportunity.

    First off, she's a riot. We might type LOL in Facebook all the time, but how often do we actually read something that makes us laugh out loud? Lisa Harper's book did that for me. She's genuine and authentic with a knack for storytelling and an engaging wit. Each chapter moved so quickly, I read the book in about a day.

    That doesn't mean what she said had no weight to it. Lisa adeptly moves from funny to thought-provoking. It's a book I'd like to read again more slowly as a daily devotional or as a small group to really consider each of her points. And she touches on so many big-deal issues for women in this book—things like handling disappointment, feeling loved, loving others, showing grace and receiving grace, and developing a heart of gratitude. Her small group/personal reflection questions at the end of the chapter are what really could push this book from a basic overview of grace to a deeper consideration of each topic.

    The bottom line is that we're not perfect and we're all stumbling a little into God's grace, tripping over one untied shoelace after another.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book about Grace~
    August 5, 2011
    Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.- Buechner

    Do you ever feel like your life is one big hair ball? I mean messy and going in every direction~ not really what you would have written it to be if you were the one writing your own story. I feel like that at times. If I were to write a book I think it would sound like Lisa Harper's ~ the author of this book. I could have written this book. God has been good but life has been tough. We all have our fair share of rainy days. Some leaving their mark with a nasty scar. That is why we need to give each other a break.

    This book is part diary ~part devotional. Lisa shares some of her battle scars of life. As with any of us some not so pretty. Yet she does it in such a funny ~sort ~of way it is not a downer. In fact ~I cried but I laughed more. I loved this book. Life can be uncertain and even scary for all of us.

    Lisa shares how she would never say it out loud but she never really believed deep down that Christ was enough for her~that He was all she really needed. However crazy as it may be~ it takes some trials and troubles to get that He truly is the only thing we can't live without.

    My favorite quote of the book~

    The older I get,the more convinced I am that admittedly flawed sinners are the most credible witnesses of Jesus, because people with scars can't fake morale perfection. It's glaringly apparent we can't save ourselves. Wounded Christians warriors with scabby knees, bruised hearts, and even track-marked arms, who sometimes stumble yet always grab onto the arm of the His Spirit in order to stand up again and again, exemplify the redemptive power of divine grace. We prove how miraculous and restorative the love of God really is.

    So true~ this book inspires you to never give into the enemy~ to never wave the white flag~ to never stop believing and trusting that God is good. Simply because you've made mistakes is no reason to be ashamed to talk to the Lord and allow Him to lovingly heal the scars and cover you in mercy and grace allowing you to once again stand. Lisa ends the book by saying~"It's okay if you are a little wobbly!
  3. CarliAlice
    Union, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    This is great for a bible study!
    August 3, 2011
    CarliAlice
    Union, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Lisa Harper has written a wonderful little book. Lisa uses real life experiences to relate and explain solid biblical teachings. The book is written without a strong central theme; rather each chapter focuses on an individual scripture based topic that she tries to explain by using real stories from her life with Christ.

    One chapter that stuck with me was how a "me first" attitude can manifest itself as physical addiction leading to spiritual revolt and physical death. Lisa used a story where she decided to go on a one month cleansing fast because she felt she had abused her body through addiction to food (specifically bread, chocolate and cheese). In such a personal and hilarious setting she writes "If Jesus hadn't wanted us to eat carbohydrates, He wouldn't have referred to Himself as the Bread of Life". However, after the first two weeks she felt a stronger clarity of mind then she had ever felt before. She describes how the sin of addiction can blind you to the truth of Christ love and make you doubt his plan for you. I often feel this way myself, that I have things in my life that hinder my walk with Christ. The "me first" attitude that consumes Lisa and our lives is counter to what God calls for us.
  4. Busy Biz
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Multiple uses and applications!
    August 2, 2011
    Busy Biz
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lisa Harper is the kind of author whose honesty pulls you in and whose genuine heartfelt stories keeps you wanting more.

    Upon reading this book I felt as though I had gained a friend in the author.

    I felt as though there are women out there that we can be honest with who won't judge us for our shortcomings.

    I felt peace and comfort in knowing that God will guide me to those women and that through him I will find peace in my own spiritual pitfalls.

    Reading about Harper's relationships and encounters with others puts my own randomly daily rendezvous into perspective and enlightened me as to how I should be a better steward in each situation.

    Her book is broken into three parts.

    Part 1: Real Life covers topics such as fear, pride, desiring to know God, discernment, and recognizing all size blessings.

    Part 2: Real Gifts covers humility/judgement, 1-on-1 relationship with God, trust, friendship, and rest.

    Part 3: Real Growth covers forgiveness, openness with emotion, our marriage to Christ, lightening our load, and finding peace.

    Although I read this book straight through as an individual and found it to be enlightening and enjoyable the book is set up for a number of uses. Harper designs a book that can be read as I did, read as a daily devotional, or studied as a group. The end of each chapter provides you with a prayer, personal reflection and/or group discussion questions, and a journal entry prompting. This book may not have taught me anything new, but it did teach me a new way to approach ordinary, everyday situations.

    An excerpt from the books conclusion reads:

    "The older I get, the more convinced I am that admittedly flawed sinners are the most credible witnesses of Jesus, because people with scars can't fake moral perfection. It's glaringly apparent we can't save ourselves. Wounded Christian warriors with scabby knees, bruised hearts, and even track-marked arms, who sometimes stumble yet always grab onto the arm of His Spirit in order to stand up again and again, exemplify the redemptive power of divine grace. We prove how miraculous and restorative the love of God really is."

    This excerpt really summarizes Lisa's overall point. None of us is perfect. Some of us do a better job of pretending we are, while others visual scars give them away more undeniably. It is in our best interest to shed the veil of perfection and proclaim our inadequacies so as to bring ourselves closer to God the Father. It is only through him that we will ever know what perfection looks like.

    I highly encourage you to pick this book up, read it, and apply it to your daily life.

    I received this book free from the publishers 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Linda
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great looking book
    August 2, 2011
    Linda
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Stumbling Into Grace - Lisa Harper

    This book is a part journal and part devotional and could be used in a group or for personal Bible study. Each chapter has an amusing and heart-warming anecdote from the author's own life, followed by a relevant scripture passage. The two are cleverly woven together in Ms. Harper's witty, easy to read writing style to create simple, yet profound life lessons that every Christian can relate to. Just looking at the cover makes you want to know more about the ‘Confessions of a sometimes spiritually clumsy woman'.

    I savoured every page of this book and especially appreciated Lisa Harper's delightful ability to use stories from her own life, combined with biblical truths to illustrate and remind me of the fact that she's not the only stumbling Christian. Indeed, I was reminded of my own less than graceful moments as not only a Christian, but a very ‘human' being in constant need of a loving, understanding Father. What really struck me about this book was the way each chapter's introduction was something pertinent to my own life, things we tend not to give a lot of thought to: scary things, gratitude, and the gifts of touch and good humour... After the one-line intro this gifted author had me instantly drawn in, and soaking up what she had to share on these everyday things. An inspirational and entertaining read!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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