The book title didn't attract me at first. I thought it is a normal testimonies or experiences sharing kind of book.
I can tell it is not after I read it.
Author is anointed to tell us how God's grace work since the beginning of the world. From Adam, to Abraham, Jacob, David, Jonah, Paul, and up to the smallest character-one of the crucified sinner beside Jesus, God shows His amazing grace. I thought grace only happen after Jesus paid the atonement of sin, but I was wrong all the while. God has been a gracious God since the Old Testament. You may say "How can it be? Humiliation, cruelty, etc happened!"
This book enlightens me different perspectives of how God works at his most unconditional way. I've never been at close with the topic of God's Law vs God's Grace. We tends to do all kinds of good things to make us look good.
I've been experiencing the grace while reading through this book. The last bit is the best, it seems unfair that His grace is given so freely and yet people do not believe in it. It is true, Grace is given to all that forgiven.
Andy Stanley wrote an excellent book on the Grace Of God and it was published by Thomas Nelson. I am reading it and it isn't a book you can read fast.
I'm not saying it's a difficult book to read at all. It really is an easy read. But the subject matter, God's grace, is not something you can plow your way through and expect to glean, to learn anything. It just won't happen.
I highly highly highly recommend this book. Here is a just a tidbit, and truly it is a tidbit from the book. The church is most appealing when the message of grace is most apparent.
Chew on that one for a minute. That could almost involve a whole book and it's only one line.
Andy Stanley talks about how much we really need grace and how little we really know of our great need. I have read parts of this book aloud to almost anyone who will listen, I would copy it here for you but that would violate copyright laws. So all I can say is get this book. Pour over it. Allow it to sink in. Allow the grace of God to pour over you.
You will not be disappointed.
This would be a great book to do in a small group or Sunday school class. The discussion would be phenomenal.
After receiving my free copy of "The Grace of God" by Andy Stanley to review, I immediately dove into reading it. I am a fan of Andy Stanley's messages and felt certain that I would enjoy reading his book. And what better topic than grace? Sometimes we have our preconceived notions about what will be written about grace based on our limited understanding of God's grace. Andy takes the time to go back to the beginning and clearly point out how even in Old Testament times God's grace was evident. He touches on stories about Joseph, David, Jonah and others. He takes you on an exciting journey and explains how it's now just a matter of grace for savation; there's much more to this thing called grace. All in all I felt this book was very informative. It gave me a deeper understanding of grace. I would highly recommend this book.
I've been a Christian all my life. In fact, I'm a missionary. I tell you that to give you perspective. I thought I could explain the theme and concept of grace through the Bible as well as anybody. Andy Stanley's thorough yet very easy to read, "The Grace of God" not only defines grace simply but take reader deeper through the story of grace weaved in Scripture. Instead of ignoring any apparent discrepancies of an Old Testament God vs the New Testament God, Andy tackles the tough topic like a middle linebacker meeting the running back in the hole on 4th and inches. What you come away with is not an explaining away but reassurance that even in the Old Testament full of laws and bloodshed "don't stand in contrast to grace; they are introduced within the story of God's grace."
As a former youth pastor and missionary, I've seen too many people slip into rule based Christianity. I wish every one of them could read chapter four, "Redeemed by Grace." The law is put into perspective. Andy points out that our modern mindset is to jump to the "thou shall nots", "simply stated: obedience gets you in, disobedience keeps you out." Grace is a subject that I believe too many Christians take for granted and don't have complete freedom because of a lack of receiving the fullness of God's grace.
I would have given "The Grace of God" a perfect rating but for a few times when Andy seems to want the reader to use his imagination to make a point instead of letting the Scripture speak for itself. Though I do believe our imagination can be used by God, it's difficult to make that jump for it to form our theology. Overall though, this is minor.
Get the book, and allow the Spirit of God to teach you about grace all over again. You will not regret it.
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