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The trouble with relationships is that they always involve broken people - like us! Using a biblical approach, Thompson suggests that God brings us together not to repair one another but to reveal and receive his grace. With Jesus' help, we can experience the deeper community we need - and yearn for - with our spouses, children, friends, and co-workers.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
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Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of JesusElyse M. Fitzpatrick, Jessica ThompsonCrossway / 2011 / Trade Paperback$9.29 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 15 Reviews
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Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your HomeGloria FurmanCrossway / 2013 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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It's hard, sometimes, to get over that thing your husband said weeks ago; or to resolve that tension with your colleague at work; or to fix a lifelong friendship that's taken a bad turn. The biggest problem with relationships is they always seem to involve sinners--including ourselves. So how can we form strong, resilient bonds with people who, like us, are bound to mess up?
Thankfully, it's not all on us. Through stories and biblical teaching, Jessica Thompson helps us move beyond trying to "fix" the people we interact with, and shows us a better way. Though our relationships may be marred by tension and frustration, because we are welcomed and known by Christ, they don't have to stay that way.
"Nothing changes the way we relate to others more than knowing how God relates to us. Knowing how God loves us and forgives us and is gracious and merciful toward us and forbears with us inevitably affects the way we think about other people. My good friend Jessica Thompson has written a book that articulates who God is for us and then shows how that changes the way we are toward others. Thank you, Jessica, for reminding me that God always meets my mess with his mercy and my failure with his forgiveness. Knowing this makes me want to love God and others."--Tullian Tchividjian, founder of Liberate and author of One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
"We need grace in all our relationships. So much loneliness, feeling betrayed, alienation, anger, vengeance, sadness, grief find their roots in relational conflict. Jessica humbly guides us to see that only by being a recipient of God's grace can we be agents of grace in our relationships. She does this with humor, honesty, and confession from her own experience, not with advice as a relational guru."--Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal priest, seminary professor, and author of On the Grace of God
"Everyday Grace is for all who have struggled to accept their children and honor their parents and initiate with their neighbors and forgive their spouses and respect their bosses and celebrate their rivals. But it is not filled with practical tips that would trivialize the difficulty of these things. Nor is it a book of relational psychology that would strategize a resolution to these things. Instead, it is filled with the Scriptures that speak to these things--helping us to rest in Christ's covering of all our relational failure and inviting us to change by the power of the Holy Spirit."--Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author
"Relational paradise was lost when our first parents fell into sin. Our desire for change in this area is anywhere between cautiously optimistic and downright cynical. What I enjoy about Everyday Grace is that Thompson simply cannot get over the one hope for true reconciliation: God, in Christ, has befriended us."--Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
"Relationships are hard. We know this. Jessica Thompson knows this too and shares how she fights to take her gaze off herself and onto the only one who can help our broken relationships--Jesus. Her method doesn't come from a list of ways to implement change; rather, she focuses on the gospel that transforms hearts and minds. Be encouraged by the good news as you read Everyday Grace, for it is the gospel that is our only Hope for our relationship problem."--Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity
Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5Extending grace in relationships...July 15, 2015Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3SUMMARY:
Focusing on what has been done for us already (sins forgiven), author Jessica Thompson offers thoughts, understanding and grace for our relationships. Not a relationship expert, she merely hopes to shed some light on the human problem of relationship difficulties. Being brutally honest about her own relationships, along with personal stories, scriptures and Bible references, Jessica extends that olive branch of peace and grace to others in her life, and shares the same with her readers.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As the author acknowledges at the beginning of her book, there are many, many books written on relationships. Not claiming to be a relationship expert but perhaps more interested on working on her own relationships (which in turn may pay forward), I think this could be a book which might cause some to pause and consider. Though not having a huge impact on me personally, it may just hit-home with someone else. Written in an easy-to-read style, I thought perhaps personal reflection questions or discussion starters would have made this book more relate-able as it might be good for a womens Bible study or ministry.
3.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Everyday Grace from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5From Performance to GraceMay 27, 2015ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In Everyday Grace, Jessica Thompson discusses the importance of working through relationships with Gods grace. She emphasizes that Christianity is not about relying on your own strength to be better and do better because failure is part of life. She states, It is good to be aware that you fail as long as you remember that he didnt and that he loves us regardless of our failures (pg. 40). Relationships are hard and often Christians feel that if theyre not doing everything perfectly, theyre failing. This is where the grace of Jesus is so important because it takes the onus off of the Christian and puts it back into the loving arms of Jesus. Does that mean it is ok to misbehave? Absolutely not, but it is ok to understand that each persons life is not performance based, rather through continual humility before God and dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit.
Ms. Thompson talks about each person gaining their identity in the wrong places. She references how often people use employment, achievements and their children as identity markers. For any season that a believer may currently be in, Everyday Grace offers great truths that are great to learn and relearn.
She also writes about Gods love and desire for fellowship with His creation. It is a friendship that He establishes and desires with each person and she states, He doesnt feel obligated to be our friend; it is his joy to be in relationship with us (pg. 74). She discusses how to kill a friendship by putting too much weight on the other persons ability or inability to be everything we need. We place so many expectations on each other! Unrealistic expectations kill grace (pg. 120).
Ms. Thompson takes the reader through each person of the Trinity to understand the expectations and provisions made so that a godly life is possible. In that, she discusses the truth behind how difficult relationships affect each person and she states, Difficult people rip away our fig leaf of good reputation and it hurts (pg. 186).
Throughout the book, Ms. Thompson uses quotes from many great authors including C.H. Spurgeon, Octavius Winslow, Francis Chan and John Piper to emphasize her point and add influence.
Overall, I felt Everyday Grace was a good read. Its a book that would be great for a new believer, or someone who struggles with performance issues. I would recommend it and give it four out of five stars. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review in the Blogger Review Program which I've provided here.
Jani417MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of JesusMay 27, 2015Jani417MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is not a "How to" advice book. It has few suggestions for doing, but is filled with ways to find or receive God's grace in relationships with others. Humans are imperfect and who knows that better than God, who created us and knows the number of hairs on our heads? We were created with a longing for companionship, but sometimes need God's grace to make our bonds better and stronger. Author Jessica Thompson offers readers alternate ways to look at each relationship and to bless the persons in it.
Relationships include spouses, children, friends, neighbors, co-workers, extended family, church members, and those ever present "difficult" people who bless our lives in unusual ways. Each relationship is addressed in a separate chapter. Looking at these connections through Thompson's words can be like examining a multi-faceted jewel. A pattern emerges and even the toughest people can be seen as beautiful, when given grace.
Saving the best for last, Thompson explores God's grace through the often neglected, yet powerful, loving person of The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was Jesus' final gift to us before He suffered death and we do well to become close to the Spirit and listen for His guidance. This is where readers will find the peace that comes with grace.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Reading RoverMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5EVERYDAY GRACE JESSICA THOMPSONMay 8, 2015Reading RoverMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3EVERYDAY GRACE JESSICA THOMPSON
Everyday Grace is for 'brambly' people, thorn.
Just when you think you have a smooth hold of them-there's another thorn.
The Authoress speaks from relational experience.
I agree the Holy Spirit does amazing work despite our thorny attitudes, perspectives-choices.
This is for all those 'wild' blackberry bushes, and for the few who are still praying for them-don't give up.
As for the rest, you either need deliverance or you need to pray to be delivered to a higher place.
Keep praying-the Lord God is Sovereign.
Great reminder on page 191, "The Holy Spirit and OUr Relationships with Difficult People".
If you happen to be the 'difficult person' of the day-remember God loves you where you are at.
Get up forgive yourself, repent and recommit to following Christ-whatever it take.
Continue on the good path.
Go on from this moment.
We all have moments capable of u-turning to Christ,full of the potential f heading into God's goodness.
Turn into the Good God's great hug.
Brianna4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Everyday GraceMay 4, 2015BriannaQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In Everyday Grace, Jessica Thompson presents an alternative to the many relationship how-to books already available. Thompson reviews the various aspects or characteristics of God (for example, friend, father, healer) and explains how she believes those characteristics impact our relationships with others (for example, friends, parents, communities). This provides unique grounds for the reader to build ideas to improve relationships.
In the introduction, Thompson makes it clear that Everyday Grace is not a book filled with concrete examples or advice. Everyday Grace does not offer detailed solutions to solve conflicts, deal with difficult people, or establish boundaries in relationships. At times, the lack of concrete examples and advice makes the reader feel like something is missing. If you are looking for a book that will provide suggestions of what to do or say, or how to act, Everyday Grace might not be the book for you.
However, Thompson does an excellent job of reviewing how a Christians relationship with and salvation through Christ should affect how we view our earthly relationships. I think this is an important perspective that many other books rush through or skip altogether. Therefore, reading Everyday Grace in conjunction with another how-to book would provide a well-rounded foundation for approaching difficult relationships.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.