Review: Grace by Max Lucado

“The meaning of life.  The wasted years of life.  The poor choices of life.  God answers the mess of life with one word: grace.”

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In his latest book Grace, Max Lucado paints a beautiful picture of the far too often misconstrued topic of God’s redeeming and empowering grace. 

Lucado’s In the Eye of the Storm is one of the first books I willingly read on my own.  It was life changing for me.  The insights he gave into the life of Jesus completely changed how I view our Savior.  So when I heard that Lucado would be tackling the tricky issue of grace, I was eager to absorb his perception of the topic.  He doesn’t disappoint with Grace.  I’ve once again received the inspiration for a desire to dig deeper into my thoughts on faith, life and the beautiful attributes of God. 

Personally, I’m a sucker for a deep theological, expositional breakdown of such staple topics within our subculture of Christianese.  You won’t find that here.  However, what you will find is a passionate challenge to explore the roles and purposes of God’s grace at work in your life.  You will not find another awkward ill-fitting acronym that hopes to magically define the term.  You will however find lots of relevant, reinforcing Scriptures and intriguing stories that validate our need to fully rely and rest on God’s endless supply of grace.  However, you will not  find an excuse, or free pass to abuse the forgiveness and mercy that accompanies that very life-changing grace.  You will find hope, peace and joy in the confines of grace.

One incredibly convicting thought that was posed in the book is something all Christians need to be challenged by: confession.  Not the priest-in-a-box idea, but the liberating freedom that only occurs within Christian community when we expose our grossest flaws to God and our brothers and sisters in Christ.  There’s a freedom that occurs for us upon confession that allows God’s Spirit to empower us to victory over our faults through the grace and accountability of God and our friends!  It’s too fundamental to our faith to be such a forsaken practice. 

I highly recommend Grace, and conclude with one of my favorite quotes from the book: “We hang our hat and stake our hope on the gladdest news of all: if God permits the challenge, he will provide grace to meet it.”

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