Grace (book review)

There’s something special about Max Lucado’s writing style. He is so gifted at making stories in the Bible so real and applicable for the times in which we live. I remember when Fearless released, it was just at the time our nation seemed gripped by anxiety. Now his latest book—Grace: More than we deserve; greater than we imagine—releases just when our nation seems so lacking in grace.

We all know the word grace. We may say grace before a meal. We may sing about amazing grace. But Max Lucado has a great question:

But do we really understand it?

Here’s my hunch: we’ve 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?

This book asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace?

Then in 11 compelling chapters, Max answers these questions: telling us why grace should change us, shape us, strengthen us, embolden us, and soften us. Combining personal stories from his own life with a fresh look at well-known biblical accounts, he calls us to a deeper understanding of what grace really is.

I enjoyed the Reader’s Guide at the book of the book. This is a great companion for each chapter, giving us plenty of questions to stimulate thoughts and conversation about what grace is, and how it should be exhibited in our lives.

If you are a Max Lucado fan, this book won’t disappoint you at all. If you’ve never read anything by him yet, Grace is an excellent starting point. Go get this book! 

I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

Don’t Play The Fool

You probably know this already: Once you get boiling mad, it’s hard to see things objectively any more. You get steamed up—ticked off!—and you are on a no-detours course to “make things right.”

You might say things like…

  • “They need to know what they did wrong!”
  • “He’s got this coming to him!”
  • “She needs to get a taste of her own medicine!”

The unspoken completion of all of those phrases is the dangerous part. What we’re really saying is, “He need to know what he did wrong, and I’m just the one to tell him!” Or, “She needs to get a taste of her own medicine, and I’m just the one to dispense that prescription to her!

It’s been said that action has killed its thousands; reaction its tens of thousands.

Did he hurt you? Yes!

Is he a jerk for doing so? Absolutely!

Should he get punished for it? Probably!

Are you the one to do it? No. No! NO!

He played the fool… Don’t sink to his level and play the fool yourself! 

Wise King Solomon said:

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. (Proverbs 26:4)

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. (Proverbs 29:11)

So what can you do to the one who injured you?

The best thing you can do is to FORGIVE HIM!

That’s right: leave him in God’s hands. Let the All-Righteous Judge deal with him. Don’t stay wounded, because you are continuing to allow your injurer to keep you trapped, to keep you wounded. Leave him in God’s hands by taking your hands off of him!

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. (Romans 12:17-19)

Don’t play the fool! Forgive him and let God take it from there.

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