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Many women feel as if they do not do enough and are not enough. They're always trying hard to be good: a good friend, mom, wife, Christian, employee, or ministry leader, hoping for that "atta-girl" from God. With compelling illustrations from her own life, Christine Hoover leads readers to the understanding that they're living by a lesser gospel, the gospel of goodness, one without Christ's grace. Relying on Scripture, they can start asking, "What does God want for me?" before asking, "What does God want from me?" Women will breathe a sigh of relief at this powerful message of freedom and hope. Rather than serving God out of obligation or duty, they'll be compelled to love and serve God with great joy.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Goodness of Grace~June 5, 2015Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book for anybody who is trying to find some goodness in the world, or who is striving to "be good."
It's for the fearful, the shamed, the despairing, the disturbed, the outcast, the worried, the dry and thirsty souls who really need grace.
First, I've gotta say- Christine Hoover writes like a Puritan. I mean this is the best of ways. She delivers truth with words fitly spoken- dispensing rich theology in memorable phrases. She exalts the Glory of Christ and remains honest about the human condition, showing us God's tenderness.
I'm guessing that Christine is a fan of Charles Spurgeon.
I'm afraid of oversimplifying a satisfyingly thorough book, but I feel like the heart of her message is this- Everything comes down to God's initiation, and we move in response to Him. Grace and Gratitude/ Gift and Reception/ Invitation and Welcome.
Grace surrounds us, and permeates us. It reconciles us to God and restores us to Him in open relationship. Our reactions become colored by grace, and grace gives us the strength to reach out to the world.
Here's a few thoughts from Christine-
"We cannot contain love, and we cannot reach its end, but we can respond to the Love-Giver."
"Worship develops into a craving for God. He is our safe place, the one whose wings we hide beneath. He is our companion, our security, our assurance. He is the truest peace we'll ever find. As we receive his care and loving provision for our soul's needs, we crave to be with him, and we treasure the Word where he beckons us to meet with him. Our desire is for him, and we devour Scripture looking for the ways he moves and speaks and loves."
"The Gospel- Christ- is synonymous with grace. When we talk about our dwelling place, our home, we're talking about grace. We entered by the grace of Christ, we remain because of the grace of Christ, and our future salvation and hope are because of the grace of Christ."
Grace cleanses us, gives us hope, teaches us how to love, provides our security, and focuses our eyes on Jesus. As we lean into grace, and rest on it, we begin to know the heart of God and become more like Christ.
I thank Baker Publishing for providing me with a review copy of "From Good to Grace."
mountainsAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A much needed message for women!May 9, 2015mountainsAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I remember so clearly the early days of each of my babies.
Baby #1. I had high hopes. Not just for them but more so for me. I'm gonna be a good mom and do all the things good moms do. I had a list.
Then came baby number two and dressed in tears I spoke a new promise ... "I'm gonna do better this time. I'm gonna try to get it right with this baby."
Then came baby number three. The words were there, underneath a suffocating cloak of shame. I was too burdened to speak them out loud because I had failed. Not once but twice. Dare I try again?
Wow! If only I knew better back then what God is teaching me now. He never wanted good. He wanted surrendered. He wanted me ... covered in His grace. He doesn't want me to try so much and so hard.
Christine Hoover's new book From Good to Grace is an exceptional book on exactly that. God never asked for us to be good enough. We can't. We won't ever be. And wishing for it only destroys His true purpose for us. He only wants us ... dripping in His grace.
Do you struggle with wanting to do better? Wishing for more energy so you could accomplish more? Praying for a second chance so this time you could get it right?
Stop right there.
You are living in what Christine describes as the "Goodness Gospel". That was never where God wanted you to be. Striving for that Gold Star or that pat on the back. That sweet "You did great" smile. Do enough. Be enough.
That is not the gospel of our Lord and Savior. Christine reminds us, "we aren't enough, but God has made us enough by his grace."
In a wonderfully enchanting manner, Christine uses examples from her own life as a mother, pastor's wife and child of God to impart to us the importance of recognizing the false gospel in our lives. She dives into scripture with the reader to point out the areas that we "try" when we should just lean in instead.
A definite keeper. I recommend this book for any women, young or old, as an individual or a group study (discussion guide included). Even if you don't see yourself in the description of the book, you probably know a woman who does.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc
Charity Andrews5 Stars Out Of 5www.aTransParentMom.comMay 4, 2015Charity AndrewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Working myself up into a frantic, over-scheduled mess, I just grow burdened and weary and do not love anyone or anything. When I do this, I miss the point of the gospel entirely and, inadvertently, make the Christian life all about me and my own abilities and efforts and practices."
In this new book by popular blogger, Christine Hoover, we have a REALLY important message. Life is NOT about me. It's not about MY achievements. It's not about Me having a glamorous life all in the name of "God's will". We MUST be content to take the little steps and know that God is leading us to a freedom in Him. Freedom from worry, stress, and need for achievement. We are loved. We are treasured. We are important and special to God. It's OK if we miss a devotion time one day! We should always desire to be in the Word, but God isn't sitting there upset because I didn't get my 30 minutes of devotion time in.
Life is not a legalistic, chore list. It is simply about letting God's grace make us fall desperately in love with Him. He takes care of the rest. We need to get rid of the guilt that plagues us so we feel inferior and like we need to do more. Once we think we need to do more, it becomes about us again!! (Tricky little thing!!)
I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL women. 5 Solid Stars
Thank you, Baker Publishing, for this book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here's to many more!!
Jen PenMidwest5 Stars Out Of 5Grace can be enough...April 23, 2015Jen PenMidwestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5SUMMARY:
Many will relate to the goodness gospeltry harder, go to church more, obey, have better faith, discipline yourselfall thoughts that surround the word good rather than grace. Struggling with a goodness addiction from which we will gain things (Gods approval, better children, more blessings), women of all types, from perfectionists to those dealing with depression, can be affected. Christine Hoover attempts to help change that goodness-frame-of-mind by demonstrating and sharing Gods grace over goodness. Full of personal stories, strong advice, thought-provoking ideas and lots of faith, From Good to Grace strikes home
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Based on the works of the Holy Spirit and our needed dependence on God (rather than ourselves), Christine Hoover shares her own addiction with the goodness gospel or appearing to be good on the outside while struggling on the inside. I appreciated the honesty and conviction with which the author addressed the subject, perhaps even recognizing I rely on my own self a bit more than I should. Though not always easy to do, accepting grace to be enough can free women (and men) to live a more joyful life for the Lord. Perfect for a Bible Study, Womens Ministry or personal devotion, From Good To Grace will remain on my bookshelf although I may share it often. (Love the front cover and the laundry theme too- very relatable!)
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of From Good To Grace from Baker Books for my honest review*
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Freedom from trying to be good enoughApril 19, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do you think God will bless you if you are only good enough? Or do you think you are sick or suffering because you have not been good enough in God's eyes? Are you consumed with what you think you ought to be doing, with what your life should look like?
We want to feel like we are doing the best we can being a good mom, a good friend, a good church member, a good Christian. Hoover felt that way. But then she discovered her faulty thinking. She came to realize that the most important thing to do is not be good, but to trust God and acknowledge her weakness. Let's admit what we all know from experience, she writes. We can't live this Christian life. We need help. (95)
And that's good news for us. Sometimes we allow our external activity to take priority over internal transformation. That's because we're gospel illiterate. Oh, we know the gospel, but we don't know how to apply it. We know what the gospel means for salvation, but we have no idea what it means for every day. (46)
Hoover has many insights for goodness obsessed people, people who try to live by the goodness gospel. She reminds us of the danger of seeking man's approval, and of trying to win God's approval too. The Christian life really is impossible, she writes. (92) Yet, God gives us what we need to live the Christian life, and he gives it in the form of himself. (93)
Two of her insights were particularly meaningful for me. I found that spiritual disciplines are not meant to be replacements for the Holy Spirit. They are intended to be ways to ask for the Holy Spirit and hear from Him. (103) I also understood from this book that living by the goodness gospel will lead us to doubt God when we suffer. We might think we've done something wrong and not been good enough for God's blessing. But that is wrong thinking and takes us away from God's plan for our lives.
If you feel caught in that trap of trying to be good enough for God, this book is good news. Hoover is committed to live in grace and has done an excellent job in helping you do that too. There is a good Discussion Guide so this would make a great choice for a woman's study group. As Hoover writes, We can live in grace and offer the same grace to others. (122) I highly recommend this book. Live in grace.
Food for thought: The more we fear God and what he thinks, the less it matters what others think and say about us. (119)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.