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Courageous Grace: Following the Way of Christ

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

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    Courageous Grace is a very inspiring book. I like how it begins

    Courageous Grace is a very inspiring book. I like how it begins with Gayle Haggard’s epiphany—Grace isn’t easy. It’s tough! And it requires courage. 

    Each chapter is clear and concise. Not a lot of babble to fill up pages. (The reason I say this is because some books I’ve read on Grace could be told in half the amount of pages—if the ‘fluff’ was cut out.) 
    There are wonderful quotes and scripture verses throughout that make an impact, and the discussion questions at the end cause the reader to take a deeper, more personal, look at situations in their own life that require sacrifice and grace.

    A lovely, motivating book!

    Cover: Like it
    Title: Like it
    Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
    Pages: 224
    Pace: Steady.
    First Line: One of the greatest tests of our characters is how we respond when someone else errs.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Advanced Review Copy free from the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Not just grace, but *Courageous* Grace.  Gayle Haggard's insight

    Not just grace, but *Courageous* Grace.  Gayle Haggard's insight into this topic is hard won to be sure....this book focuses on the depth of courage that is truly necessary for people to give grace to each other, rather than the typical book on the grace of God and how amazing it is.




    Gayle intersperses personal stories from her own trials - and triumphs - along with Bible verses, other's stories and more.  She discusses sin and judgment, being slow to forgive, holding different people to different standards, and having the idea that once we come to know Christ, sin stops. It doesn't - and some people's failings are more public than others - but God still responds graciously in forgiveness and love, and so should we. He sets the example for us to follow.




    One of the main takeaways I got from this book (and my thoughts have been coming back to it again and again, as some of the concepts she presents are very intriguing to me) is on the subject of restoration in the church.  It's probably my favorite chapter, and I believe she is well-equipped to have a strong viewpoint.  Please run don't walk to pick up this book. ;)

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Courageous Grace by Gayle Haggard is her story of grace. Gayle

    Courageous Grace by Gayle Haggard is her story of grace. Gayle and her family reached a point in their life that they needed grace extended to them. After living through those circumstances in her life she is able to teach other people about extending grace to everyone around them which was a thought-provoking concept to me. I know what the Bible tells us to do but that can be different then actually doing it.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    Her Beautiful Healing, and Lessons in Grace and Compassion. This

    Her Beautiful Healing, and Lessons in Grace and Compassion. This book is excellently written. The teaching is strong in Scriptural basis, and has wonderful quotes from others. Forgiveness and compassion are indeed hard concepts to master, and the church in some ways fails to wield it generously. There is much that is thought-provoking. For example, I understand that we are admonished to forgive repeatedly, but putting it into practice is not easy. These principles are true, but she shows me where I had not realized them and put them to use. I, too, tend to hide my flaws; our society is set up that way. In the church especially, we should drop the façade. I learned so much, and so many things struck a chord, I wanted to highlight the whole book. I will be reading this book again, taking more time to go deeper.
    One of many appropriate quotes: “Without justifying sin, as I have already made clear its destructive power, the truth is, every time we stumble and fall, we are given an opportunity to discover once again how merciful, patient, and kind God is toward us.” She follows up with the Bible verse. I agree with the reader who said it is easy to read and to the point.

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