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By following the dramatic story of the "Amazing Grace" hymn writer John Newton, and the Apostle Paul's own encounter with the God of grace, the author helps readers understand the freeing power of permanent forgiveness and mercy. (Practical Life)
Posted May 19, 2014
My Sunday School class used this book for our lesson from several months. Th information is very good and provided for a very interesting set of lessons, especially in conjunction with the DVD.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2014
(Intro and beginning of part one)
Long ago, there was said to be an evil enemy called the dark forces. It was said that they wore metal masks on their faces and claws on their hands. That they would one day try to take control of the US to expand their army. And that tale, is comeibg true...<p> Mason sliped on a red polo shirt for school and raced downstairs for breakfast: french toast, his favorite. He sat down at the table with a plate in front of him. He selected three and dug in, his mom and dad joining. After a breakfast and a ride to school, he headed to his classroom with a book and pencil in his hand. Mason sat down in his seat and put his book under his chair. He then wrote his name on the paper in front of him and started the test.<p> He counted 25 minutes when he answered the last question on the test and an hour left to read. He fliped the paper over and reached under his desk, grabing his book. He opened it and glaced around before starting to read<p> (the rest of part one is the sample at taken away result one.)
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Posted February 22, 2012
Posted November 17, 2011
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found - was blind but now I see."
Dr. David Jeremiah uses powerful and personal images to illustrate the grace of God and how we can experience that grace in our personal lives. One of the clearest examples is the love of the 'prodigal' father ('prodigal meaning abundant, lavish, giving) as he receives his wayward and undeserving son back into the family. What a definitive picture of the amazing grace of our Heavenly Father!!
The reader is cautioned about 'cheap grace' and our human tendency for self-delusion regarding personal sin. The gift of grace is free but changes may come slowly.
The wonderful thing is that with God's grace, we can walk through any trial imaginable sustained by the amazing grace of God.
Each chapter closes with "Moments of Grace", presenting a challenge to each reader..... a 'now what?', so to speak. Without this aspect, one could read the chapter, think about it and go on with life as usual. Not so, if one takes the challenge seriously.
I plan to re-study this book as I seek to walk in God's amazing grace!
Posted October 7, 2011
Summary: In "Captured By Grace," Dr. David Jeremiah goes beyond the typical idea of "grace" and uses Scripture and the stories of Paul and John Newton (author of the hymn Amazing Grace) to explore in depth how to define grace and how to live by grace. A good third of the book could be considered a minnie biography of Newton and Paul. God pursued Newton and Paul, and he pursues you. He offers you the gift of grace through the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. It's not something you can earn. Yet, God also expects you to live differently once saved. He expects you to live through the eyes of grace. That means performing the works God has planned for you and living with an attitude of gratitude.
Review: This is the second book by Jeremiah that I have read, and I've gotten a lot out of both of them. Jeremiah never fails to combine practical advice with deep explorations of Scripture. I would have liked to have read more about how grace affects sin and the sinner. Jeremiah spends one chapter talking about maturing in the faith through trial and through transformation. He writes that Christians should not return to their former sinful lifestyles. That is a truth that many will struggle with. Jeremiah could have expanded on this. I would like to know his take on whether you can continue in sin (think repetition of the same sin - i.e. addiction) and still be a Christian. Nevertheless, Jeremiah still delivers in all other areas, making grace more than a concept, but, rather, a reality for Christians to live by.
Posted September 9, 2011
Captured By Grace
Grace is something we all want and we all need but do we know how to get it? As Dr. David Jeremiah wonderfully explains in his book, Captured by Grace, grace is not something we deserve or even earn; you don't have to be rich, famous, or popular. Grace is simply a gift from God, we don't even have to be searching for it but it's still there and all we have to do to get it is accept it. Even after reading this book, I am convinced that I will never totally understand the depth of God's grace, but the author did a wonderful job of giving me a start on learning what Grace is all about. This is not a book that you can just read once and understand it all, it takes many times of re-reading it to grasp all of it, for every time that I read it again, I find it deepens my understanding a little more of just what this gift called Grace really is. I would recommend this book for both new and seasoned Christians as well as a non-Christian who is curious about what grace is and how they can get it.
NOTE: I was provided this book for no charge by Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. In no way am I obligated to provide a positive review of the book.
Posted July 2, 2011
God's grace is free and available to all who accept it. This book uses the stories of both the apostle Paul and slave trader John Newton to help the reader comprehend the depth and magnitude of God's freely available grace. Under the headings of Grace for the Past, Grace for the Present and Grace for the Future, David Jeremiah explores God's freely available grace in a way that is easy to read and deeply meaningful. This book challenged my idea of what "grace" is and deepened my understanding and appreciation of the grace that God extends to each of us who accept it. Did you know that the other brother in the story of the prodigal son needed grace just as much as the prodigal? This book helped me understand that. As I also experienced God's grace in my daily life, I was encouraged and strengthened. This God, who is the all powerful creator, offers grace for each and every aspect of our lives. I encourage you to read this book with an open heart and mind. God will touch you deeply if you can do this. He wants you to experience His grace in the same way that Paul and John Newton did. It took me many months to read this book, not because it was hard to read, but because of the depth and relevance of the content. I wanted time to think about it and absorb it. This book is definitely a keeper that I will read again! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2011
This book is an in-depth look into the lives of two men in history who were captured by grace. John Newton, the writer of well-known hymn, "Amazing Grace," and the apostle Paul both found the true pathway to an amazing, abundant, fulfilling and joyful life with God, even in the midst of trials in their lives. Dr. Jeremiah writes to the seeker, the person who needs to experience God's grace abundantly in his life. God's grace is all-encompassing, saving, forgiving, loving, comforting, convicting, and capturing. Dr. Jeremiah shares thoughts on various Scripture passages related to God's grace and writes a message that applies to everyone, believers or non-believers. The culmination of the book is a clear presentation of the depth of God's grace and how freely He desires to give it to each of us.
I found the book enlightening, inspiring. The book was easy to read and held my attention and interest well. Dr. Jeremiah's message of God's grace in relationship to the past, present and future, formatting the book in three sections, adds to the impression of how overwhelming, all-encompassing, and timeless God's grace truly is. I highly recommend this book to the reader who wants to grow deeper in their spiritual walk with God. It points the believer to a deeper understanding of God's grace, and it points the non-believer to his need for an understanding of God's grace.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted January 4, 2011
I received an advance copy from the publisher for review.
No one is beyond the reach of a loving God! Dr. David Jeremiah takes the lives of the Apostle Paul and John Newton (author of Amazing Grace) to demonstrate the power of God's grace to change lives. Using the Word of God, he teaches how God pursues and captures us by His transforming mercy and grace. Dr. Jeremiah shows that anyone is capable of receiving and being changed by God's grace. Each chapter is concluded with a page titled "Moments of Grace." These pages summarize a portion of the preceding chapter and challenge the reader to live more fully in God's grace.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone who would like to ponder grace for a bit. Springing from the lyrics of Amazing Grace, Dr. Jeremiah brings historical and cultural understanding to related Scriptures. His points are presented clearly and concisely. While he held my attention, this was the type of book that I had to read a chapter then sit and ponder the points made. For this reason, I loved the "Moments of Grace" page concluding each chapter which encouraged me to consider God's grace more deeply.
Reading this book caused me to want to drink heavily of God's abundant grace. I found myself looking for grace in the Scriptures and watching for His hand of grace in my life.
Posted November 30, 2010
I just finished reading Captured by Grace: No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God by Dr. David Jeremiah and I believe this book was absolutely fantastic. It is just what I needed at this time in my life. I'm a fairly new Christian, I still have few questions, and there many things I just don't understand. I find it difficult to put all my faith in someone I've never known. This book changed that, I say it changed me completely, but it has opened a new door, and it has changed my outlook on life.
Dr. Jeremiah uses the song 'Amazing Grace' to help really understand the grace of God and what is and what it can do. The book is broken into three sections; Grace in the past, present, and future which I think was great. It really gave me a well-rounded idea of what Grace really is. Dr.Jeremiah also takes you through the journey of Paul and John Newton's life and how they came to be captured by grace and how they brought grace to others.
Through this book I have learned what grace really is. It means that I am forgiven no matter how great my sins are, it means that I am loved and am precious to God just as everyone else it.
I've never really believe in God, or Grace or anything growing up. I resented it. I recently I've began to accept it and learn about it, this book really was the final push to really believing it all and putting my faith in Him.
As a new believer this book was quite insightful and powerful. I'm not sure if it will have the same affect on someone who has been a Christian for years, but I do think it would refresh their memory of what Grace is, I do believe it would change your perspective on it all.
I definitely recommend this book to all Christians, whether they are new believers or old-time believers. Every non-believer should read it as well, just so they can understand what Grace and Gad is all about.
I'm really happy I received this book to review. I'm lending to a friend to read then reading it all over again.
Posted November 15, 2010
I recently finished Captivated by Grace, by Dr. David Jeremiah, which was given to me by the publisher to review. Great book! When first seeing the cover, it looks less than appealing (or at least to me). But it turns out to be exactly what I needed for my current faith walk, as it was in fact, very interesting.
This book takes you through the journey of John Newton and explains in detail the meaning behind the lyrics of his incredible song, Amazing Grace. John Newton was a slave trader, yet in spite of his terrible sin, he experienced the "captivating grace of God". We walk through John Newton's life and understand what he went through to inspire him write those amazing lyrics.
Through this book, I have learned what grace truly means. It means that I am forgiven, no matter how horrible my sins have been. It means that I am always forgiven and how I can live my life in the future, free of any guilt. While reading these pages, I have been reminded for the umpteenth time that I am precious to God. Everyone is precious to God. Because of that, I can give grace and love to anyone and everyone.
Growing up in the church, I have always been familiar with the hymn. Now, after reading this book and understanding where they song came from, I have a new appreciation for the popular hymn. I understand the man behind the song, and the God behind the concept of grace.
I highly recommend this book. I am going to pass it to my stepmom next, as she saw it and already claimed dibs on it.
Posted September 28, 2010
Captured by Grace: No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God by Dr. David Jeremiah tells the stories of John Newton (writer of the hymn Amazing Grace) and the apostle Paul. It shows the similarities in their life and how they were both sinners who were persued and captured by God's grace. It also explains that same Grace of God in a way that the reader can relate to. It explains how God is persuing the reader in the same way that He did with John Newton and Paul.
This is not the first book by Dr. David Jeremiah that I have read, and I chose to review it because of the authorship (which tells you what I think of his writing.) I think it was my favourite book by him (that I've read. ) It was captivating and easy to relate to. The language was easy to understand and the stories were interesting and entertaining. It is the perfect book for new Christians, those who are interested in becoming a Christian or just learning more about it, and those who have been born again Christians for years and just want to continue growing in their faith.
Dr. Jeremiah uses the three characters in the Prodigal Son proverb to relate to each reader in a new way, spending more time than usual on the elder son who wasn't as perfect as he thought he was but still needed the grace of God. This book is not just for persecuters of the Christian Faith or African Slave Traders, but for each and every person. Definitly a must-read.
Posted September 24, 2010
John Newton. Paul the Apostle. What do these two men have in common? They were both captured by grace. Dr. David Jeremiah's book "Captured by Grace" compares the lives of these two men in their journey to receiving God's grace. While it is clear that God destined these two men to greatness through His grace, He destines no less for you and me. This is the first book I have read by Dr. Jeremiah. At first, it was difficult to navigate the author's style of going back and forth between Newton and Paul. But eventually the book seemed to flow much better. The author aspires to a large subject: God's grace. The subtitle reads, "No One Is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God". Dr. Jeremiah weaves the doctrinal subject of grace with the lives of men we can all relate to. All in all, I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2010
If some careless teenagers were driving and did some careless stunt and it injured you or your family members terribly would you be able to forgive them?
This is one of the examples that this book talks about. Captured by Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah is mostly talks about grace. We all need it "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".
Captured by Grace describes the journey of a slave trader who accepted our Savior and the apostle Paul both men who went on a journey to learn more about grace. For the most part it is a very interesting book, although there is some parts were it could have used a bit more spice. Overall it was a great book that made me dig deeper into myself to see if I was walking in the correct path. I like the fact that there is a brief summary at the end of each chapter that asks you questions and helps you learn more about that topic.
This book is great for those who might think grace is not necessary, the truth is it is needed and referring to Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved..."
It is a good book but at times I felt like I did not comprehend and had to re-read twice or more.
Posted September 3, 2010
Captured By Grace
By Dr. David Jeremiah
I was drawn to read the book Captured By Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah because I wanted a deeper understanding of how God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
In this book Dr. Jeremiah illustrates the similarities between Saul, also known as Paul, a Disciple in the Bible and John Newton, known for writing the world's most beloved hymn, Amazing Grace. Their lives before the grace of God steps in are similar in that both of them, after God's grace is revealed to them, considered themselves to be the greatest of sinners.
Paul was a persecutor of Christians in the first century and zealously trying to "cleanse" the land of these Christians who were polluting the faith of his fathers. John Newton was an eighteenth century slave trader. Both of them caused a great deal of pain, suffering, torment and fear in the lives of many.
As Paul was on his way to murder more Christians, grace knocked him right out of his saddle and transformed his life. In the light of God's amazing grace, God opened his eyes and he could see the sinful man that he was and the unmerited forgiveness God brought to him. His life was instantly transformed by a pursuing God who loved him.
When John Newton came to a point in his life, where even his very survival was in jeopardy, he saw the hand of God at work in the ways he was saved from destruction and he grasped the hand of grace. John stated "If it be of God, He will make good on His own Word." And his life was transformed by a pursuing God who loved him.
Dr. Jeremiah goes on to describe our travels through this life walking in grace as part of God's comprehensive plan for the ultimate good of those who love Him.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted August 31, 2010
In his book called Captured by Grace, No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God Dr. David Jeremiah gives us wonderful insights on how our Loving God gathers his chosen ones, in this case John Newton, a slave trader who later on wrote the well loved hymn Amazing Grace and Paul, who use to persecute Christians before converting.
As Christians most of us have studied Grace as a subject yet we do not always understand or even accept its simplicity. Yet no one is beyond the reach of a Loving God and clearly if we believe, we can be saved no matter our lifestyle.
In Captured by Grace you will find amazing examples and stories showing us Grace is always there in fact, in the past, in the immediate present and in the future. Using Amazing Grace as illustration, this author defines each part of the hymn and refers to its biblical explanation.
This compelling book is certain to reach out to each and everyone of us thus helping us to experience God's Grace. Each chapter shows clearly the different aspects of Grace, relating scriptures references and ending with Moments of Grace.
Dr. David Jeremiah is the author of several other books. His bible teaching program Turning Point is broadcast internationally.
I find this book to be very informative and an excellent addition to any Christian library.
I gave it 5 Stars.
Posted August 30, 2010
The book "Captured by Grace" is broken down to three parts: Grace for the past, present, and future. The main message of the book relies on the song "Amazing Grace," as each chapter analyzes a verse from the song. The book details how God can drastically changes lives, and uses the Apostle Paul and John Newton, author of "Amazing Grace," as examples. The author uses the lives of these men, among others, to illustrate the amazing ways that God can change the life of someone who is going down the wrong path.
I enjoyed reading about the different bible verses that discuss Grace and Mercy. They reminded me that Grace and Mercy are truly gifts from God. The book is an easy read, but it really made me think about these gifts from God, that it is no accident when we are given a second chance. One part that really stuck with me is: "Mercy is God withholding the punishment we rightfully deserve. Grace is God not only withholding that punishment but offering the most precious gifts instead" (page 23).
Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted August 25, 2010
This book is about the greatest gift that the human heart can experience and that is "GRACE." Dr. David Jeremiah does a superb job capturing the essence of grace in the lives of Paul and the once slave trader John Newton. Dr. Jeremiah has a wonderful gift of teaching and aptly uses stories and metaphors to help us not only understand grace but to experience it.
Each chapter focuses on certain verses from the great hymn, "Amazing Grace" and Dr. Jeremiah wonderfully weaves in the stories of Paul, Newton and other saints to get across his points. I think it is a wonderful book for those who have been bogged down with legalism and are searching to understand God's beautiful grace which God loves to pour out upon and within His creation. No matter what you have done, where you have been God's grace does not discriminate. It is inexhaustible and for all of those who are hungry, thirsty and in need of refreshing.
Captured By Grace is a wonderful read that passionately mines the heart of God for the understanding of the riches of His grace. Let me end with a beautiful quote from Dr. Jeremiah, "Grace is shocking-something like the heavenly converse of a traffic accident. When love is returned for evil, we can't help stopping to rubberneck. Grace is the delivery of a jewel that nobody ordered, a burst of light in a room where everyone forgot it was dark" (p.12).
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted August 21, 2010
Have you ever sat in church, and wondered about the songwriters of the songs that are sung many Sundays? Amazing Grace, a song I've heard since childhood, and still love, but I'd never really thought much about the writer of the lyrics, or how those lyrics actually came about. John Newton lived a life that you'd never expect, of someone who would write such a song.
The author explains Grace in terms even a new Christian can understand, and I feel it is a book that should be kept, and reread, whenever you feel down or as if you aren't quite good enough.
I also feel that this is a book that should be shared, and discussed, because I feel that everyone will understand parts of it differently.
I recieved a copy of this book from Booksneeze to read and review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Posted August 18, 2010
Review of "Captured by Grace" by Dr. David Jeremiah - No one is beyond the reach of a loving God A profound story of the obvious, grace, "Captured by Grace" was a great read. It starts out with an interesting story of an event in one woman's life which allowed her to greatly show her faith and amaze the people that surrounded her. The stories in this book are relatable and defintitely not boring. Filled with biblical teachings and truths, this books really gets deep down in your heart and causes you to ponder upon your life. What really is grace? What is God's grace? To whom should we show grace? All your questions will be answered. The author, (unexpectedly in my case), has great writing talent. He is quite descriptive and really gets to the point of what he's talking about while still sounding like a modern young author. Just a really great read that causes you to make changes in your life and hand out mercy more abundantly than you did before, the way God shows his mercy toward us. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.