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God's grace can be so freeing that it can turn the world upside down! Accompany Sprinkle on an epic exploration of God's generous character, where you'll meet harlots who've been hugged, enemies who've been forgiven, bad people who've received good things from their Creator, and a loving God who delights in redeeming the unredeemable. 192 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Number of Pages: 192
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Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781407885
ISBN-13: 9780781407885

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A Look at Grace from a Most Surprising Perspective – The Old Testament
 
Grace. We want to domesticate it, calm it down, and stuff it into a blue blazer and a pair of khakis. But biblical grace – or charis – doesn’t like to settle down. Grace is a dangerous topic because the Bible is a dangerous book.
 
Charis flows from the Preston Sprinkle’s half dozen years teaching the Old Testament to college students. You might think that would produce a book about judgment – but no way. He shows how every character, every event, every single page from the Old Testament bleeds with grace.
 
Take a journey into Charis - where harlots are hugged, enemies are enjoyed, and really bad people receive really good things from a Creator who stubbornly delights in undelightful people … like us.

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Preston Sprinkle (PhD, MDiv) is the director of Eternity Bible College's extension site in Boise, Idaho. He co-authored the New York Times bestselling Erasing Hell with Francis Chan and is the author of the recently published Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence. He resides in Idaho with his wife and four children.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace in the Old Testament? Point me to it!
    August 1, 2014
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    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
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    "Grace. If this stuff ever gets old, we might as well throw away our Bibles."~ Preston Sprinkle.

    Charis is the story of a God who keeps coming and living with us humans.

    First He gave us life in Eden, the garden that defines paradise, where you could walk and talk to God in the cool of the evening.

    Then He gave the Hebrews his presence in a tent in the desert, encouraging them to come to Him in the Tabernacle despite their golden-calf baggage.

    Then after ages of shouting grace from the rooftops and whispering it to the perishing, God came in the flesh and was born into a manger...

    making His dwelling in an earthly house.

    And finally, He promises that where He is, there we shall also be... in our Father's house are many rooms.

    How is it that God wants so badly for us to be with Him? Grace.... a powerful, uncontainable, illogical, wonderful, straight-up Grace that Preston Sprinkle calls "Charis." He calls it charis because that is the Greek word for it... and the definition is simply "A Gift."

    Thus begins this wonderful book that makes me want to wake up sleepers with the message of Charis and rock babies to sleep on a song of Charis.

    It makes me want to accept myself because of God's Charis towards me and it makes me want to see my family through the eyes of God's Charis.

    "God's plan of salvation was not upheld by the mighty arms of (righteous people) but by God's tender grip of grace on social rejects."

    ~Preston Sprinkle

    Ok... so Charis proclaims a grace so potent, we're staggering/dancing drunk by the end of it.

    What else is there to like about this book? Well, did anybody mention that it is based out of Old Testament stories? Yes. The Old Testament.

    The home of much that is odd and dangerous and deadly... is also the testimony of Grace? Yes.

    Supremely rich grace, and a God who gives it so gladly.

    "God's rock-solid promise to redeem His wayward children and to be in relationship with His people- to love us, forgive us, and enjoy us, cannot be thwarted by wickedness. God will relate with us. God will bring His people back to Eden."

    ~Preston Sprinkle

    So, if you let God throw you into the ocean of His love, expect a shocking wave of Charis to come down on your head.

    And it will terrify you and clean you and make you new all at once.

    Thank you David C Cook for my review copy
  2. TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing, Beautiful Reminder of God's Grace
    May 30, 2014
    DiscipleMom Laura
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    In his book Charis: God's Scandalous Grace for Us, author and Bible professor Preston Sprinkle calls readers to see the Old Testament in a new light, tracing God's grace throughout the Old Testament story. It's a refreshing and sometimes eye-opening look at what God's grace really is. If you're looking to recapture the beauty and mystery of God's scandalous grace, don't miss out on Charis.

    Rather than reading morally (looking for examples to live by), Sprinkle encourages readers to read the Old Testament theologically, asking, "What do I learn about God and His character?" He shows readers how to put God at the center of their Bible reading instead of humans.

    Charis looks at characters like Adam and Eve, Abraham, Judah, Tamar, Moses, Rahab, Samson, Ruth, David, Hosea, and even a few New Testament characters like Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. By looking at all the broken, sinful, and messed up characters in the biblical narrative, Sprinkle helps readers see that "Divine grace is God's relentless and loving pursuit of His enemies, who are unthankful, unworthy, and unlovable."

    Sprinkle goes on to tell readers, "You can't make God love you. God loves you because of who He is and because of what Christ has done. His love is not based on what you do, or what you don't do."

    While he helps readers grasp how truly scandalous God's grace is, Sprinkle also warns against taking it for granted or treating it too lightly, saying, "If we never hug a harlot, befriend a beggar, or forgive our enemy seventy time seven, then we confess grace with our lips but mock it with our lives."

    With such a huge focus on grace, some might be concerned that Sprinkle presents an unbalanced view of grace. This is not true, though. In the epilogue, Sprinkle illustrates that obedience is not grace's enemy and shows readers how obedience is a actually a by-product of grace.

    The cover alone draws readers in with "Charis" tattooed on two hands. If that's not enough to spark readers' interest, check out some of the chapter titles:

    Creator,

    Tent,

    King,

    Whore,

    Tattoo,

    Manger, and

    Thug.

    This is a must-read for anyone new to the Christian faith or anyone who wants to recapture the joy of their salvation. Basking in God's scandalous grace will inspire, refresh and moisten the most shriveled soul.

    About the Author

    Preston Sprinkle is the vice president of Eternity Bible College's extension site in Boise, Idaho. He coauthored the New York Times bestseller Erasing Hell with Frances Chan and is the author of the recently published book Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence. He resides in Idaho with his wife and four children.

    * I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review.
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