As a Bible teacher and pastor's wife, Gayle has spoken for decades about the amazing power of grace. But it took a crisis in her husband's life and the crumbling of her own for her to have an epiphany about the true nature of God's grace---and the courage it takes to extend it to others!
As a Bible teacher, Gayle had taught for decades about the amazing power of grace in a persons life. Yet it took a crisis in her husbands life and the crumbling of her own life around her for her to have an epiphany about the true nature of grace. In Courageous Grace, Gayle chronicles and explains her newfound insights.
Despite common misperceptions, grace is not safe. Its not easy. Frankly, it takes courage to show grace to those who deserve less. Oftentimes, the person showing Gods grace gets counted among the sinners, just as Jesus experienced centuries ago. Gayle explores the story of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman to reveal the courageous side of showing grace.
We live in a society that vacillates between glorifying sin and crucifying those who fall. Gayle encourages us to take the road less traveleddaring to do the hard work of showing Gods grace to the sinners among us. Its what followers of Christ are called to do.
Gayle Haggard is a speaker, teacher, and the wife of Ted Haggard. Together they grew New Life Church in Colorado from a handful of people to a 14,000-member congregation. There, Gayle directed the women's ministries,, teaching women of all ages and overseeing 150 women's small groups. In 2006, their world was rocked by scandal, and they stepped down from leadership. Today, Gayle lives to shares the hope and grace that strengthened her in her darkest hour. In addition to Why I Stayed, Gayle is the author of A Life Embraced: A Hopeful Guide for the Pastor's Wife. She and Ted reside in Colorado Springs.