I chose this as my Book Sneeze selection because I've listened to Dr. Jeremiah on the radio for years and have always learned something from him. Captured by Grace weaves the stories of Paul out of Romans with the story of John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace. If you've never read Newton's story, it is a very powerful example of what God's grace does for even the most heinous sinners (he was a slave trader.)
Dr. Jeremiah drew some interesting the parallels between the lives of Paul and John Newton. Both were enemies of the Christian church in one way or another and both had a dramatic conversion experience. Now, the book isn't entirely a biograpical; Dr. Jeremiah uses examples from both men's lives to illustrate points about the role of grace in the Christian life. He jumps from story to story, discussing God's grace as it played out in that particular setting.
My opinion of this book is that it was good, but not great. I listened to Dr. Jeremiah's radio series "Captured by Grace" and I found it much more interesting than the book. Perhaps Dr. Jeremiah is more gifted as a speaker than a writer. One thing that made this book a little difficult to read was that at times it seemed like Dr. Jeremiah tried to cover entirely too much ground; it was a biography of two men plus an in depth look at what grace means in the Christian life. Despite this, the book was still an overall good read.
John Newton.Paul the Apostle.What do these two men have in common?They were both captured by grace. Dr. David Jeremiahs book Captured by Grace compares the lives of these two men in their journey to receiving Gods grace. While it is clear that God destined these two men to greatness through His grace, He destines no less for you and me.This is the first book I have read by Dr. Jeremiah. At first, it was difficult to navigate the authors style of going back and forth between Newton and Paul. But eventually the book seemed to flow much better. The author aspires to a large subject: Gods grace. The subtitle reads, No One Is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God. Dr. Jeremiah weaves the doctrinal subject of grace with the lives of men we can all relate to. All in all, I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
Captured by Grace, written by David Jeremiah and published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2006, is powerful description of God's grace. Using the life stories of John Newton and the apostle Paul, Jeremiah gives the reader a striking picture of how God's grace pursues, forgives, preserves, and restores us. Interwoven into the narrative are stanzas from John Newton's hymn, "Amazing Grace." Dr. Jeremiah divides his book into three main sections: "Grace for the Past," "Grace for the Present," and "Grace for the Future." Each chapter within the main divisions is subtitled with a line from the beloved "Amazing Grace." The prelude, as Jeremiah calls it, to Captured by Grace< is a stirring account of Saul being pursued by God as he persecutes Christians prior to his conversion, and of Newton being brought under conviction by God as he engages in the slave trade. The parallel accounts of Newton and Paul (formerly Saul) and the demonstrations of God's grace in their lives throughout this book leave the reader in tears and in awe of so mighty and merciful a God. There are also examples of other people "captured" by God's grace, and each example is compelling to read. At the end of each chapter is a brief devotional passage, which would be helpful as a Bible study. Those who read Captured by Grace will be uplifted, comforted, and amazed, not by the book itself, but by our great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! (This copy of Captured by Grace was provided free for review by Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are my own and I have not received any other compensation for this book review.)
This is not a book to be read quickly. I normally zip through books in a very short time; however, Captured by Grace required more thought, mediation and just time to savor the truths Dr. Jeremiah was writing. Its easy for us to take Gods grace for granted. For most of us life is not particularly dramatic, certainly not like that of John Newton and the apostle Paul, and we often dont notice His grace. This book will make you stop and think about the gift of Gods grace in your own life.His comparison of mercy and grace give a clear distinction between the two and makes both easy to understand. i.e. Mercy runs to forgive the Prodigal Son. Grace throws a party with every extravagance. I found myself meditating on each of the comparisons listed and finding a new perspective on both mercy and grace.Dr. Jeremiah gives us two powerful accounts of grace and how grace pursues us in the lives of John Newton and the apostle Paul. He goes on to point out that not only John Newton and the apostle Paul experienced grace; we also experience grace. We all face crises in our lives and it is Gods grace that brings us through those times. The author shows us, verifying it by scripture, that Gods grace produces power, perspective, perseverance and praise.We all need Gods grace for the past, for the present and for the future just as the author points out so clearly. This is a book rooted in Gods Word and gives us a fresh understanding of Gods grace. I highly recommend it to you.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Booksneeze.com book review bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review.
You and you and you, and yes you, need to read this book! Im guilty of thinking Im better than people who commit murder, who abuse their children or who steal from the grocery store. Gods grace is for all of us! We are all sinners! We are all tarnished!This book opened my eyes to the deception Ive fallen into. The author takes us through the biographies of Saul-turned-Paul (you know, from the Bible) and John Newton (you now, the one who wrote Amazing Grace) and shares exactly what grace is and how we can show it in our lives toward others.Ive previously read and reviewed another book by Dr. Jeremiah. It was a great study on angels. Im liking this author more and more!I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson in exchange from my honest review.