On the bookshelf: The Grace of God

We sing about grace. We talk about grace. We claim victory over circumstances by way of God’s grace. We even name our children Grace.

But do we really understand grace and the implications of a living a life fully enveloped in the realization that grace is totally undeserved, unearned and often unexpected?

In his new book, The Grace of God, Andy Stanley takes us through the thread of grace woven through the stories of the broken and the undeserving people of the Scriptures. Unlike other books that discuss the topic of grace, Stanley begins at the very beginning with the grace shown Adam and Eve after their disobedience in the Garden. He continues through various Old Testament stories showing the God of the Old Testament to be the same merciful, grace-filled God we see in the New Testament ― only working in and through the people he has chosen rather than the One (Jesus) he sent.

Stanley’s discussion doesn’t fall under the weight of heavy theological terms. If you’re familiar with his ministry at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, you’ll recognize the simple, clear, conversational style that characterizes his exposition.

Reading the book and recognizing the role of grace in the stories of  Adam, Judah, Rahab and others  is like holding a mirror up to our own sinfulness and brokenness and finally seeing that God is working his grace in us just as he did for them. Maybe for that reason alone it deserves a place on the bookshelf.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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