5 Stars Out Of 5
Victim of Grace
June 19, 2013
Robin Jones Gunn is the beloved author of The Christy Miller series, Sierra Jenson series, Christy and Todd's The College Years series, the Katie Weldon series, the Glenbrooke series, the Sisterchicks novels, the destination novels, and more. In her newest book, she tells her story about how God's goodness prevails. It's a powerful story, too, as it tells how God chose to use a little girl's vivid imagination and knack for making up stories as a way to spread His Kingdom here on Earth. She wanted to be a missionary and travel the world, but God had something even better in mind: He sends her books all around the world as missionaries! It's the story of how God took her circumstances, her hopes, her dreams, her relationships, her life, and turned them into something that glorifies Him. If you've read her books, then you'll probably recognize the title of this book. And that is what we all are, Robin says. God chooses to give us grace, even when we neither deserve nor ask for it. In that way, we are a victim, a Victim of Grace. Interspersed throughout her personal story are stories of kindred victims of grace from the Bible that the author identified herself with through different situations. From Eve to Mary, she shares how each were recipients of God's goodness, even when they were caught in the middle of trying circumstances.
Even though I've read a lot of different authors, Robin Jones Gunn remains my favorite. She writes with such a poetic beauty, from her vivid descriptions to her honest observations about the ways of God. I've looked forward to reading this book about her life ever since she first announced it. I had such high expectations for this book_and it exceeded them all. The gorgeous cover is just a sample of the beautiful words penned within the pages of this book. Her story is inspiring, and it is easy to see God's hand in each of her life's circumstances. Even if you're not a writer, you'll be inspired by her story. Personally, the book reminded me that I really am a victim of grace and made me crave a closer walk with the Lord. Her interpretations of Scripture are biblically sound, and her guidance is trustworthy. While reading, I rejoiced at the moments in which events happened in such a way that directly pointed to God's involvement in our daily lives, and I became misty-eyed in the tender, heart-wrenching circumstances in which God faithfully made His closeness known.
This book is a faith-booster. It's inspiring and convicting and intriguing all at once. I loved the chance to peek further into the life of an author who truly writes for Jesus and see the journey He's led her on. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, even if you're not familiar with her fiction. Robin Jones Gunn reminds us that we're all part of a love story; the greatest romance in history. Our Lover relentlessly pursues us and continues to lavish us with His grace. We're not victims of circumstances, but victims of grace. And our circumstances are made beautiful when God's goodness prevails.