In his latest book, “The Grace of God”, Andy Stanley writes about a subject that many people today, including Christians, want to understand better. God’s grace. In his usual engaging, witty, and thought-provoking manner, Stanley aids the reader in better understanding the gift of God’s grace.
Grace is a topic that has been written about extensively. Stanley admits this from the outset of the book. I liked many things about this book. One, I like how Stanley takes the reader back to the beginning at the Garden of Eden and tracks God’s grace through the New Testament. He shows grace touched the lives of Abraham, Joseph, David, Rahab, Jonah, the Samaritan woman, the thief on the cross, and Paul. I found Stanley’s treatment of the life of Judah especially powerful. I also liked how Stanley used personal experiences from family and church life to help the reader bridge the gap as to how grace looks in everyday life. In every chapter, there was a major theme the story and chapter rested upon. Stanley drew the reader to that point which helped to better understand how grace was demonstrated. Andy Stanley is a gifted communicator. His style was an asset to a subject that at times is difficult to get your arms around.
“The Grace of God” is not a theological workbook on grace. I think that is what makes it a success and worthy of your time. The truths that Stanley share show the reality that grace is something that humans could have never conceived. He writes, “Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve. Thus, it cannot be recognized or received until we are aware of precisely how undeserving we really are.”
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“Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve. Thus, it cannot be recognized or received until we are aware of precisely how undeserving we really are.”
As true as this statement may very well be I wonder if the writer realizes how he presents it in such an “absolute truth”, and conditional, kind of way. Maybe grace is not so black in white; meaning if I do A (be aware of my unworthiness) then and only then will B be true. Maybe I wouldn’t be aware of my unworthiness if not for the continued revelation of HIS grace in my life. In this sense both A & B are equally important, interchangeable, and interrelated.