Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self and Society

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If anyone ever had a reason to leave the faith, Jay Bakker did. The son of mega-televangelists Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Messner, Bakker was only 11 years old when his parents' PTL ministry was caught in a high-profile accounting fraud scandal, and his family was devastated by his father's affair and his parents' subsequent divorce.

A disillusioned Bakker turned to drugs and alcohol and left his childhood beliefs behind. But along the way, an interesting thing happened:...

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Overview

If anyone ever had a reason to leave the faith, Jay Bakker did. The son of mega-televangelists Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Messner, Bakker was only 11 years old when his parents' PTL ministry was caught in a high-profile accounting fraud scandal, and his family was devastated by his father's affair and his parents' subsequent divorce.

A disillusioned Bakker turned to drugs and alcohol and left his childhood beliefs behind. But along the way, an interesting thing happened: Bakker came to understand, through all his pain, what God's grace was really all about.

FALL TO GRACE re-envisions the true nature of grace and what it means in everyday life. With disarming humility, poignant observations, and spot-on theology, Bakker challenges Christians to reassess their understanding of salvation and invites non-Christians to see Jesus with fresh eyes.

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Editorial Reviews

founder of TheOOZE.com and author of A Heretic's Spencer Burke
Praise for Jay Bakker:

"Jay Bakker is the Brennan Manning for the upcoming generations."

author of Rapture Ready! Adventure in the Parallel Daniel Radosh
"A real eye-opener for Christians, non-Christians and-- perhaps especially-- Christians who would sometimes rather not call themselves that."
author of The New Christians: Dispatches from Tony Jones
"With Fall to Grace, Jay Bakker has written just the book that Christians on both sides of our tragically polarized faith need to read. Relying on both his own personal experience and a thoughtful and theological reading of the New Testament, he reminds us of the very core of the gospel. And, in so doing, he challenges me to reconsider the Apostle Paul, the biblical writer with whom I most often wrestle. This book deserves a wide readership."
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Praise for FALL TO GRACE:

"Jay is right: a revolution is taking place. And it's a revolution of grace, affecting our view of God, our view of ourselves, and our view of neighbor, stranger, enemy, and outcast. As I read this honest and challenging book, I kept thinking, 'Sign me up for the revolution!'"—Brian McLaren, speaker, activist and author of Naked Spirituality,

"With Fall to Grace, Jay Bakker has written just the book that Christians on both sides of our tragically polarized faith need to read. Relying on both his own personal experience and a thoughtful and theological reading of the New Testament, he reminds us of the very core of the gospel. And, in so doing, he challenges me to reconsider the Apostle Paul, the biblical writer with whom I most often wrestle. This book deserves a wide readership."—Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and the theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis

"A real eye-opener for Christians, non-Christians and— perhaps especially— Christians who would sometimes rather not call themselves that."—Daniel Radosh, author of Rapture Ready! Adventure in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture

Praise for Jay Bakker:

"Jay Bakker is the Brennan Manning for the upcoming generations."—Spencer Burke, founder of TheOOZE.com and author of A Heretic's Guide to Eternity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446539494
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Bakker is co-pastor of Revolution Church NYC, a church that meets in a bar and has a strong online following. Bakker speaks to congregations and other groups all over the country about faith, grace, and his experiences with the underside of life and Christianity. He is the feature of a Sundance Channel original documentary, One Punk Under God, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20, and Larry King Live. His print appearances include Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Time, FHM, Charisma, and Relevant. Bakker previously authored Son of a Preacher Man. His new book, Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed, will be released by Jericho Books in February 2013.

Martin Edlund has written about pop culture, religion, travel and politics for the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the New Republic, and the New York Times, among other publications. He currently works in global health for an organization fighting malaria in Africa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Grace Revolution xiii

Chapter 1 Free-Fallin' 1

Chapter 2 The Rising 13

Part I Revolution of God

Chapter 3 Revolutionary Road 29

Chapter 4 Bad Apples 45

Chapter 5 I Fought the Law 53

Chapter 6 Abba 67

Part II Revolution of Self

Chapter 7 Good Sons and Prodigals 85

Chapter 8 Freaks and Greeks 91

Chapter 9 Saint Peter and RuPaul 99

Chapter 10 Risen 109

Part III Revolution of Society

Chapter 11 The Fruit 125

Chapter 12 Clint Eastwood Jesus 135

Chapter 13 Higher Law 151

Chapter 14 Grace Test and Taillights 159

Chapter 15 Exiles in the Kingdom 169

Chapter 16 Grace Land 183

Coauthor Note 191

Recommended Reading List 195

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 201

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