Adventure Between the Pages: Grace by Max Lucado

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Age Appropriate for: 13 and up for a couple of stories that deal with hard things
Description: Grace.
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.

It has been to long since I have read a book by Max Lucado. I had forgotten how much I loved his simple expression of faith and our life in Christ.  I don’t think I am ever going to let a year go by where I don’t read one of his books again.

Grace was a wonderful reminder of one of the most amazing things God gave us, yet we so often forget. Since I was raised in a Christian home, it is easy for me to forget how truly amazing God’s lavish grace is. With stories and poignant words, Max Lucado reminded me of God’s grace not only to me but the grace I should give to others.

One of the things that I love about Lucado’s books is that, even though they are deep, they are easy to read. He doesn’t throw in a bunch theological words in that normal people don’t know, or try to sound super spiritual. His simple style is just a blessing today’s market.

This book isn’t very long (the last 50 pages are a discussion guide) and easily read in a week. It is a wonderful choice if you want something that won’t take you long to get through.

I highly recommend this book to all Christians as a reminder of God’s amazing grace.

I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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