Tuesday, October 7, 2014
We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a "grace" period. The seedy politician falls from "grace." Musicians speak of a "grace" note. We describe an actress as "gracious," a dancer as "graceful." We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what "grace" means.
But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, "Do you believe in grace?" who could say no?
Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?
God's grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly.
Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.
Let's make certain grace gets you.
As we have come to expect from Lucado Grace is beautifully woven. Explaining what grace truly means with thought provoking clarity this book grabs you from the beginning. It dives deep into grace and challenges what you my have thought it originally meant. Grace isn't safe, it's challenging, it's bold, it's life-altering. Dive into this book and allow grace to transform you.
My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my real and honest review.