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.

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