“Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine,”
by Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, 2012
Max Lucado writes:
“Grace is God’s best idea.”
“Friends become curriers of God’s grace, conduits of heaven’s grace.”
“If you wonder whether God can do something with the mess of your life, then grace is what you need.”
When Zacchaeus’ encountered Jesus, “Grace walked in the front door, and selfishness scampered out the back. It changed his heart. Is grace changing yours?”
With his typical flare for turning a phrase and packing a punch into each memorable sentence, Max Lucado makes the heavy theological topic of grace living and real. Through fresh takes on age-old Bible stories, Lucado further convinces me that grace is the cornerstone of my faith. It’s what makes Christianity stand out in stark relief to all other religions.
Grace is written in a devotional style. Each chapter is short and simple enough to grasp in one sitting, yet profound enough, you’ll want to read them over again so the truths can sink deep into the way you shape your life. Lucado wraps each chapter concept with what he does best, his ability to tell a story that drives home the point he wants to make.
For example, I love the story he tells of Heather Sample and Kyle Sheets in Chapter Eight, “Fear Dethroned.” Kyle, a doctor, was exposed to the AIDS virus on a short term medical mission to Zimbabwe, experienced God’s miraculous care for him. Lucado’s telling of the story makes me never want to allow my fear to dethrone my trust of God again.
He reminds the reader of the enormity of God’s grace and the responsibility we have to become grace-bearers, to become conduits of what has been so freely given to us.
If you are looking for a special Christmas present for a special someone, I truly recommend Mac Lucado’s book,Grace. It will become a gift that keeps on giving.