Monday, February 18, 2013

Grace by Max Lucado

Grace:  More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado

From the dust jacket:

"Do you worry that you've written too many checks on God's kindness account?  Do you drag regrets like a broken bumper?  Do you huff and puff more than you delight and rest?  If so, then I have a word for you" Max Lucado invites.  "Grace".

Lucado's subtitle for the book (More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine) is a better way to describe this book than I could come up with.

A listing of the chapter titles gives you a good idea of the themes of this book.

The Grace-Shaped Life
The God Who Stoops
O Sweet Exchange
You Can Rest Now
Wet Feet
Grace on the Fringe
Coming Clean with God
Fear Dethroned
Unscrooged Hearts
Chosen Children
Heaven:  Guaranteed
When Grace Happens

Lucado is an excellent writer with a gift for explaining the gospel.

Some of my favorite quotes are:

"All ships that land at the shore of grace weigh anchor from the port of sin."

"God didn't overlook your sins, lest he endorse them.  He didn't punish you, lest he destroy you.  He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner."

"To accept grace is to accept the vow to give it."

Sometimes, as Christians, this is a hard one to remember.  This book made me pause and think what the world would be like if we truly practiced grace.  

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