Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Grace of God-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.
Never before reading this book have I thought of the story that has taken place from the beginning of Genesis to the unwritten ending as a story of Grace. But in many aspects, that is just what it is. God has shown grace through every event I can think of. Unending, loving, compassionate grace. It's always there.
The story of grace is clean and plainly spoken in this book. The author does not spare details to better communicate understanding of culture and to get across the ideas of the book. That being said, it was not an easy read. This is not a light book. It is often dry and dull and I found myself forcing my way through it. However, it was very interesting and engaging a good amount of the time. The book is an excellent book for newborn and experienced Christians alike. Highly recommended.
My Rating: 4 Pens