Friday, September 9, 2011

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

Grace. It's what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It's the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others-especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable.  Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It's this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It's the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything.  This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning."  -Andy Stanley

This is the second book by Andy Stanley that I've read and reviewed and I'm finding him to be one of my long list of favorite authors.  He has a great writing style. The Grace of God is a nice light read that I found enjoyable and informative.  The information wasn't too in-your-face or too intensely deep. It was insightful and lifted the spirit.  What exactly is Grace? Grace is not getting what we truly deserve. There are more complicated, deeper explanations, but this is a book that will help you to understand various nuances. Andy Stanley uses several people from the Bible to demonstrate the grace they received and, in doing so, gives greater clarity to the true meaning of God's favor to us. Examples like Moses, Abram, Jonah, Rahab, Matthew, Nicodemus, and the Prodigal Son are but a few of the familiar stories he uses to demonstrate God's marvelous grace. There are 13 chapters that reveal aspects, such as chosen, redeemed, rescued, puzzled, accepted, saved, and other delineations. Each example given renews the awe at how gracious and loving our Heavenly Father is to His children. 

I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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