Grace Revealed: Finding God's Strength in Any Crisis
Grace Revealed: Finding God's Strength in Any Crisis  -     By: Fred Sievert
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Broadstreet Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1424556384
ISBN-13: 9781424556380

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Trust in the Unmerited Gift of God’s Grace

You can’t escape the inevitable crises that will face you throughout your lifetime. Whether it’s health problems, emotional issues, career challenges, gut-wrenching losses, or other failures, these experiences can destroy your morale and lead you into despair. Some crises may be a result of your own choices, while others may be completely out of your control. Whatever the source, there is a lasting solution that comes to you free of charge from above: God’s amazing grace.

In Grace Revealed, you will:
  • Experience real-life stories of others who discover they are not alone and that relief is within their grasp.
  • See how devastating afflictions can be overcome through faith in Jesus and His love, mercy, and grace.
  • Learn how God’s grace transforms lives and leads you into enduring and rewarding Christian service.
  • Be inspired to encourage others who are suffering but cannot seek help on their own.

Read these undeniable, modern-day examples of God’s loving grace and its transformative power, and discover that God is always present in your time of need.

Author Bio

Fred Sievert started his career as a teacher, later entered the insurance business, and retired in 2007 as president of New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 corporation. Following his retirement at age fifty-nine, Fred attended Yale Divinity School and was awarded a master’s degree in 2011.

In his career, Fred enjoyed many successes but also had to deal with much stress, many challenges, and even some serious setbacks. Through it all, he credits his success to a reliance on daily prayer, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Fred has had many nonfiction essays and articles published in the past, most often about his own providential and life-changing encounters with God. In 2014, he published his first book, God Revealed: Revisit Your Past to Enrich Your Future.

He views his thirty-five-year business career as a mere prologue to what God is calling him to do today—write and speak about his faith.

Throughout his adult life, Fred has been active in his church and has served in numerous lay leadership positions. He and his wife, Susan, have five grown children and three granddaughters and reside in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

The ultimate measure of Christianity (or any religion) should be whether it helps human beings live meaningful lives—even in the face of tragedy. In Grace Revealed, Fred Sievert has collected nineteen stories of humans from a wide spectrum of society and Christian traditions who have discovered the transforming grace of God in crises. These stories remind us that God’s grace is not principally a theological construct or a lofty sermon, but the reality of God in our lives—a reality that helps us live meaningfully, even when we have been devastated by life.
- Gregory E. Sterling, the Reverend Henry L. Slack
Dean
and the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School

Fred’s mission is clear—to spend the rest of his life telling people about God’s grace. In this book,
Grace Revealed, Fred shares people’s stories of suffering, addiction, abuse, and loss, which prove to be the ultimate opportunity for God to display His incredible gift of mercy and redemption. These stories will inspire you to look at your own life and see just how powerful God’s grace really is!
- Kevin Palau, president, Luis Palau Association; author of Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live out the Gospel

Much hope can be found in the amazing stories of the Bible, but they happened so long ago that it can be difficult to relate to the circumstances and people. God has not stopped creating amazing stories in the lives of those who cry out to Him, but the stories are rarely shared and even more rarely shared in an accessible style and format that can bring hope, healing, and transformation to people in crisis today. Grace Revealed does exactly that. With insightful background on today’s struggles, thoughtful reflections, and helpful biblical references, Sievert weaves these amazing contemporary stories of God’s grace into an uplifting and easy-to-read tapestry of hope, healing, and transformation for those struggling with life’s toughest challenges.
- Paul Michalski, founder, Integrous LLC; president, NCS New Canaan (founding chapter of the New Canaan Society)

In Sievert’s book, grace is not a theological concept or a religious term. Grace is the mode of God’s presence as experienced and expressed by flesh-and-blood people; it is a reality pulsating with life, bearing as many faces as there are human lives and situations and taking on as many forms as there are sufferings and delights, defeats, and victories. In Grace Revealed, you will hear many grateful voices giving their best to sing their ode to grace.
- Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale Divinity School; founder and director,
Yale Center for Faith and Culture

It is common in recommending a new publication to refer to the book as a real "page-turner," suggesting that once begun, the reader will not be able to put it down. But because I loved the narratives in Grace Revealed, I occasionally had to put it down. The stories were as painful as they were personal, the revelations as raw as they were revealing. I came to care about these people, and my caring demanded not only my attention but my time. As a pastor, I am in the "grace business," believing that good things really do happen when people cry out for it and accept it. I can picture them singing the words of an old Christian hymn, "I love to tell the story; It did so much for me." Because it did. And with Fred’s help, these men and women in crisis have now told their inspiring stories.
- William A Ritter, pastor emeritus, First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Michigan

Fred Sievert has made the biblical concepts of grace, forgiveness, and healing come vividly alive through these real-life experiences of people and their journeys from confusion, pain, and despair to hope, joy, and new life. One cannot come away from Grace Revealed untouched by the way God individually and creatively works in people’s lives. Fred’s ability to incorporate Scripture, commentary, and the opportunity for personal reflection will leave readers feeling both challenged and inspired to find ways in which God’s grace touches them. This book will offer encouragement not only to those of deep faith, but, more importantly, to those who question God’s love and ability to intervene.
- Rev. Rebecca Mincieli, senior pastor, John Wesley United Methodist Church,
Falmouth, Massachusetts

Are you stumbling under a burden of grief, anxiety, or guilt and wondering if you dare hope in the gospel’s promise that "nothing will be impossible with God"? Fred Sievert’s inspiring new book will introduce you to scores of folks who have faced crises like yours and found again and again that "you cannot fall farther than God can catch you." Are you puzzling over strangely beautiful but ambiguous intimations of consolation and hope and wondering whether to trust these as whispers of God’s assurance or to dismiss them as meaningless daydreams? As you read the testimonies collected here, you’ll find yourself whispering, "Gosh, that’s just what happened to me!" again and again. This work will be a gift to youth leaders, and group leaders will find this book a wonderful conversation starter for gatherings of all ages. Faithful Christians will value this book as a source of daily devotionals. Spiritual seekers will be deeply grateful for the guidance and company of fellow pilgrims on the way.
- Skip Masback, founder and director, Yale Youth Ministry Institute; associate director, Yale Center for Faith and Culture

Once again, Fred Sievert shows us how to take the most defining choices of Christianity seriously. These stories and discussions of strong episodes of ego, forgiveness, redemption, and love trace the arc of authentic seeking. Guidance from biblical sources, psychology, and theology deepens the analysis further.
- Laura Nash, PhD, former faculty member, Harvard Business School and Harvard Divinity School; author of Believers in Business and coauthor of Just Enough: Tools for Lasting Success in Work and Life

Fred Sievert has hit another home run! Grace is God’s unmerited favor, and each of these miraculous stories outlined in Grace Revealed is shining proof of this. With God, "anything is possible."
- Jack Krasula, president of Trustinus, LLC; host of Anything Is Possible on News/Talk 760 WJR

This book is a treasure of stirring stories of personal crisis and Christian transformation. Each person’s voice is unique yet universal—any open-hearted person will find himself or herself in these stories. The book is beautifully structured for group or personal study: smartly organized around common crises, clear questions for group and personal reflection, and suggested Scripture for memorization. I especially recommend this book for those who are self-conscious or even critical of talking about the reality of God in daily life. Talking about God’s activity in one’s life—testimony—is not "weird" or "self-involved." Rather, it is a crucial dimension of real faith. This book shows how testimony honors God, strengthens those in crisis, and helps others—including us, the readers.
- Joanne M. Swenson, ThD, senior minister, Church in the Forest, Greater Pebble Beach, California; founding minister, 12: A Foundation for Small Group Ministry

Fred Sievert is on a mission to demonstrate the grace, mercy, and power of God, and he does a masterful job in this second book of his. I found it thoughtful, emotional, inspiring, motivating, educational, informative, theologically and biblically sound, and presenting enlightening research. Grace Revealed is a powerful and memorable book to which many will relate, providing sound advice to those in pain, who "hurt," are helping those who "hurt," or want to understand a way to help. When I finished, I sat quietly in awe of the message, what people have endured, and how, with God’s help, they turned their lives around.
- Steven Darter, president, People Management SMD; author of Lessons from Life: Four Keys to Living with More Meaning, Purpose, and Success and Managing Yourself, Managing Others: Learn How to Improve Effectiveness, Productivity, and Work Satisfaction

Grace Revealed is far more than a theoretical discussion of Grace—it is a workbook for everyone who experiences pain, addiction, fear, or resentment. In other words, it is vitally relevant to each of us. Fred Sievert combines a pastor’s knowledge of the Bible with real-world trauma to see how grace heals and restores fallen spirits, whether by their own action or abuse from others. It is a message of hope and love—the pure love of Christ. Read it to be inspired. Read it to find grace in your own life.
- Jerry Borrowman, best-selling author of sixteen biography and historical fiction books

We are all playing the game of "You Bet Your Life." You can believe what you like, but you must accept the consequences. In Grace Revealed, after years of misfortune and pain, men and women write about how they came to bet their lives on Jesus. Their stories are both amazing and transformative.
- Peter G. Hawkins, investment advisor

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    "Trust in the unmerited gift of God's Grace" (back cover)

    Christian living genre books are often difficult in the sense that it is very subjective, and personal. In Fred Sievert's Grace Revealed, he compiled a number of personal testimonies and add in his thoughts into how grace was revealed. In turn, he hoped to encourage readers to trust in God's grace, and then, "return grace to others."

    "Sometimes it is difficult, even for believers, to trust God in a crisis situation because they think their own specialized training or knowledge should be sufficient. But it is not. I believe God allows crises to surface in people's lives to remind them that He is in control, so they don't need to be." (161)

    I think each story within Grace Revealed shared a personal experience that can be either an encouragement or and inspiration for others. And the author's thoughts on the story, along with the personal reflection questions for readers further that premise by pointing out specific areas for readers to ponder on.

    ". . .out of those crises, she found the courage and conviction to love herself and accept God's grace, acknowledging that 'trials are often opportunities to grow and transform.'" (108)

    Amen to that. Though I don't always find comfort or relevance in all the stories, that is just a personal opinion, I do think overall, Grace Revealed has served its purpose and goal.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  2. Deana
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    grace grace and more grace
    March 15, 2018
    Deana
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    At some point in our life we make a poor choice and feel ourselves spiraling out of control. We may be a survivor of abuse or have fought to overcome drug addiction. No matter what we have faced, the grace that God has given us is so powerful we sometimes feel unworthy.The personal stories shared in the book are eyeopening and deeply emotional. I have often asked why would God give me grace after all the things I've done or been through? The answer is simply because "God is love , and that love is unconditional and unbounded."

    One of the first stories shared is about sexual abuse. I could very easily relate to this story. The woman in the story carried a secret for years and thought she was being punished by God. I think we all can feel that way at times. It was hard for her to forgive her attacker but through grace she found freedom and grace. What an awesome gift that God gives us . I liked the point the book made about even though we may forgive our abuser, we are not condoning what they did.

    There is another story in the book that really touched me. I am a very overprotective mother. I would worry every time one of my sons sneezed. When I had to deal with my youngest son who started having seizure at eighteen months old, I didn't think I would be strong enough to handle what was happening to him. The story shared in the book by Shane and Sandra was very emotional for me. To watch their child experience seizures was overwhelming to them. They felt defeated and became angry with God. I asked the same question they did; Why is this happening? Why are you doing this to me and my family? Their faith was wavering just as mine had done. When I read "God allows crises to surface in people's lives to remind them that He is in control, so they don't need to be." I have learned through my experience to "let go and let God." We need to remember that God is in control and will see us through everything. To be surrounded by His grace is a wonderful feeling . I may sometimes mess up, but I know that God is there to wipe my tears away and love me unconditionally.

    The book is filled with stories that remind us of His grace and love. I enjoyed each story and am thankful for their transparency. At the end of each chapter is a section called, "A Time For Personal Reflection." I loved how it asks questions that relate to the stories in the chapter. The book is well written and one I will go back to when I need encouragement and a reminder of God's grace.

    I received a copy of this book from Litfuse. The review is my own opinion.
  3. CherylB1987
    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 14, 2018
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    Grace Revealed is a powerful book that will touch your heartstrings. If you are going through a hard time emotionally or physically than this is the book for you. Read about others stories you never know someone else may be going through the same type of thing as you. Be sure to get your copy today
  4. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    inspiring read
    March 12, 2018
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    "Grace Revealed" is a collection of stories of people whom have experienced God's grace in the midst of hard times and struggles. Divided into chapters based on the type of struggle, each story is shared individually and reflected upon by the author and then a reflection area for the reader. This book is such an inspiring read and one that will give the reader hope of making it through a hard time. This is a great reminder that God is always with us and will help in our time of need. The personal reflection sections and the insights are what really stood out to me the most, really resonating that truths that were shared and driving home that point that God is always there, taking care and revealing His grace in His time.
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