This is the true story of the adoption of a Ukranian orphan little girl by an American (the author) and his famiy who are of christian beliefs. The book chronicles the Amerian family's trips to Ukrainia until the paperwork is finally done and they can take their new daughter back home with them.
It explores the shortcomings of the country, Unkrainia, concerning the courts, the orphanage, even the hotels. Now all of this may be realistic, or real enough in some cases, but the thing is, the book does not simply describe reality in this country. It compares the country to America. Or, more accurately, to the author's experience of America. It attempts to explain why, dut to the fact that Americans are largely of christian beliefs, their country is much better than a European country ridden by atheistic beliefs.
While I don't for a minute question the charity and importance of what the Tauntons did by adopting this wonderful little girl, I very strongly disagree with the message of this book.
It is whiny about the conditions in Ukrainia, and I am sorry, but this is in no way true christian spirit.
And on top of that a great amount of arrogance comes out on the part of the author, concerning his country, his family, even himself.
The grace effect, my dear Mr Taunton, is not the fact that America is a more compassionate country than Ukrainia. The grace effect is not that you, as an American, chose to show mercy to an orphan.
Every country is evil although not in the same way, because human beings are evil.
America destroys people as effectively as Ukrainia, let me tell you that, or England or China or Greece. It is people that lack grace, not countries.
And its source, the source of grace, is a person, not a place, not a civilization.
It is Jesus Christ who chose to give His life for us, whether we American or European or anything else.
I do understand what he wants to say in this book, I do realize the advantages of growing up in a country inbred with christian values as opposed to gorwing up in atheism. But that alone cannot save you. That alone cannot change the world. That alone is not the grace effect.
I found none of the above message in this book.
If the author had let his actions speak for themselves, this might have been a decent book.
The story is very touching actually, especially when it comes to the author's three sons.
But the grace effect of Christianity, as stated at the beginning of this book, correctly, I may add, should not have been displayed in the "americanity" of the author but rather in his own christianity.
"The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief" The Grace Effect, by Larry Taunton, will change your mind. Hitchens would've caused me to struggle to get through the book. As it was, the chapters on the history of the Ukraine were difficult.It is a great story and brings up a lot of questions about society as well as the injustices in society and especially in the realm of adoption. It is a great story and brings up a lot of questions about society as well as the injustices in society and especially in the realm of adoption.The Grace Effect, Taunton provides many excellent discussion starters with which to engage those the reader may encounter who question the validity of the Christian faith or who are searching for an understanding of grace. I feel like I have learned a lot and am more informed than before on atheism and socialism.
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Grace--its the gift we dont deserve and the love that we cant believe. 'Andy Stanley'
I was amazed how the author came to the book, I mean, he not just gives some insights ideas about grace but he knows and lives the grace of God that change his life...
If you cuold read "The Grace Effect" i promise you this will become one of your favorite book, prepare to change through grace of God--thats no empty promise.
In todays were most corrupt and cranky atheist exist, it very important to be equiped with the grace of God--read this book! I had to understand the grace of God for me to share that given grace and experiece that grace to others.
This book is highly recommended book to christians, not just christians but to atheist as well.
Larry Taunton essentially sets out to show the need people have for God's grace at a societal level. By telling the story of his adoption of a Ukrainian orphan he explores the lasting effects of socialist/communist rule in the Ukraine. These political philosophies are shaped by an atheistic world-view, that is, God is not supreme but the State is! Removing God from the culture has led to a really disastrous and corrupt society.
Taunton's argument is centred on the point that society needs Christ-like Christians full of God's grace in order to function well. Fair enough. This is well written and the personal story of the adoption highlights the point very well.
Exodus 22:22-24 (CEB) Don't treat any widow or orphan badly. If you do treat them badly and they cry out to me, you can be sure that I'll hear their cry. I'll be furious, and I'll kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows, and your children will be orphans.
This verse is from the Hebrew law code. God warned his people not to treat the foreigner unfairly, each one had a responsibility to protect those that could not protect themselves. God reminded his people, "You were once slaves_. you once lived in darkness." Which raises the question, who are the strangers in our own world? Who are the immigrants? Who are the refugees? How can we as a nation continue to be sensitive to those who struggle?
Larry Alex Taunton is the founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation which is an organization that seeks new and innovative ways to defend and proclaim the Gospel and to prepare Christians to do the same.
The Grace Effect is a powerful narrative that really tells two stories at the same time. The first is the heartwarming story of an American family that tries to adopt a 10 year old Ukrainian girl named Sasha. Throughout the book the author repeatedly brings you into both humerus and frustrating stories about the adoptive process as well as comparing side by side the differences between American and Soviet countries.
The book is also about the New brand of Atheism and how it is growing in America. And so the premise of the book becomes brilliant as Taunton shows you what a country without Christ looks like in the Ukranian story, all the while showing the "possible road ahead" for America.
Taunton's voice is both direct and humerus, an easy read no matter what your style. The book is filled with pictures as well as many inspirational quotes from literature and television. Highly recommended.