Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

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Grace.

We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.

But do we really understand it? Have

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Grace.

We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.

But do we really understand it? Have we 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?

Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?

God's grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly.

Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.

Let's make certain grace gets you.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Grace woos and weds us.” This divine gift is dispensed with the overflowing surge of a fire hydrant, writes bestselling author and pastor Lucado (Outlive Your Life) in the latest addition to his consider . The topic of grace, and grace versus works in particular, is nothing new, and readers are unlikely to experience any epiphanies. Still, Lucado’s signature clause-filled, comfort-food style and his universal messaging are sure to warm the heart. Grace can be a somewhat intangible topic, and at times Lucado falls into abstraction (e.g., “ comes at us... wave upon wave”). Yet readers who are struggling to keep up with high expectations will appreciate practical discussions of confession that redeems and acceptance that frees them from a need-to-please-people attitude. Fans will be pleased to see that Lucado is sticking to his formula, creating another inspirational piece that could be easily transformed into a gift book of quotes. Readers who prefer a deeper theological dive may want to hold out for a meatier investigation of the topic. Agent: Steve Green, Anvil Management. (Sept.)

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Publication date:
09/11/2012
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Unabridged
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5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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GRACE

MORE THAN WE DESERVE, GREATER THAN WE IMAGINE
By MAX LUCADO

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Max Lucado
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-2070-7


Chapter One

THE GRACE-SHAPED LIFE

See to it that no one misses the grace of God.

—HEBREWS 12:15 NIV

Christ lives in me.

—GALATIANS 2:20

I'll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that's God-willed, not self-willed.

—EZEKIEL 36:26 MSG

The Christian is a man to whom something has happened.

—E.L. MASCALL

Should anyone knock at my heart and say, "Who lives here?" I should reply, "Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ."

—MARTIN LUTHER

>> GOD'S GRACE HAS A DRENCHING ABOUT IT. A WILDNESS ABOUT IT. A WHITE-WATER, RIPTIDE, TURN-YOU-UPSIDE-DOWNNESS ABOUT IT. GRACE COMES AFTER YOU.

Some years ago I underwent a heart procedure. My heartbeat had the regularity of a telegraph operator sending Morse code. Fast, fast fast. Slooooow. After several failed attempts to restore healthy rhythm with medication, my doctor decided I should have a catheter ablation. The plan went like this: a cardiologist would insert two cables in my heart via a blood vessel. One was a camera; the other was an ablation tool. To ablate is to burn. Yes, burn, cauterize, singe, brand. If all went well, the doctor, to use his coinage, would destroy the "misbehaving" parts of my heart.

As I was being wheeled into surgery, he asked if I had any final questions. (Not the best choice of words.) I tried to be witty.

"You're burning the interior of my heart, right?"

"Correct."

"You intend to kill the misbehaving cells, yes?"

"That is my plan."

"As long as you are in there, could you take your little blowtorch to some of my greed, selfishness, superiority, and guilt?"

He smiled and answered, "Sorry, that's out of my pay grade."

Indeed it was, but it's not out of God's. He is in the business of changing hearts.

We would be wrong to think this change happens overnight. But we would be equally wrong to assume change never happens at all. It may come in fits and spurts—an "aha" here, a breakthrough there. But it comes. "The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared" (Titus 2:11). The floodgates are open, and the water is out. You just never know when grace will seep in.

Could you use some?

You stare into the darkness. Your husband slumbers next to you. The ceiling fan whirls above you. In fifteen minutes the alarm will sound, and the demands of the day will shoot you like a clown out of a cannon into a three-ring circus of meetings, bosses, and baseball practices. For the millionth time you'll make breakfast, schedules, and payroll ... but for the life of you, you can't make sense of this thing called life. Its beginnings and endings. Cradles and cancers and cemeteries and questions. The why of it all keeps you awake. As he sleeps and the world waits, you stare.

You turn the page of your Bible and look at the words. You might as well be gazing at a cemetery. Lifeless and stony. Nothing moves you. But you don't dare close the book, no sirree. You trudge through the daily reading in the same fashion as you soldier through the prayers, penance, and offerings. You dare not miss a deed for fear that God will erase your name.

You run your finger over the photo of her face. She was only five years old when you took it. Cheeks freckled by the summer sun, hair in pigtails, and feet in flippers. That was twenty years ago. Your three marriages ago. A million flight miles and e-mails ago. Tonight she walks down the aisle on the arm of another father. You left your family bobbing in the wake of your high-speed career. Now that you have what you wanted, you don't want it at all. Oh, to have a second chance.

You listen to the preacher. A tubby sort with jowls, bald dome, and a thick neck that hangs over his clerical collar. Your dad makes you come to church, but he can't make you listen. At least, that's what you've always muttered to yourself. But this morning you listen because the reverend speaks of a God who loves prodigals, and you feel like the worst sort of one. You can't keep the pregnancy a secret much longer. Soon your parents will know. The preacher will know. He says God already knows. You wonder what God thinks.

The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: grace.

We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.

Especially at church. Grace graces the songs we sing and the Bible verses we read. Grace shares the church parsonage with its cousins: forgiveness, faith, and fellowship. Preachers explain it. Hymns proclaim it. Seminaries teach it.

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? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God's grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.

When grace happens, we receive not a nice compliment from God but a new heart. Give your heart to Christ, and he returns the favor. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you" (Ezek. 36:26).

You might call it a spiritual heart transplant.

Tara Storch understands this miracle as much as anyone can. In the spring of 2010 a skiing accident took the life of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Taylor. What followed for Tara and her husband, Todd, was every parent's worst nightmare: a funeral, a burial, a flood of questions and tears. They decided to donate their daughter's organs to needy patients. Few people needed a heart more than Patricia Winters. Her heart had begun to fail five years earlier, leaving her too weak to do much more than sleep. Taylor's heart gave Patricia a fresh start on life.

Tara had only one request: she wanted to hear the heart of her daughter. She and Todd flew from Dallas to Phoenix and went to Patricia's home to listen to Taylor's heart.

The two mothers embraced for a long time. Then Patricia offered Tara and Todd a stethoscope. When they listened to the healthy rhythm, whose heart did they hear? Did they not hear the still-beating heart of their daughter? It indwells a different body, but the heart is the heart of their child. And when God hears your heart, does he not hear the still-beating heart of his Son?

As Paul said, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). The apostle sensed within himself not just the philosophy, ideals, or influence of Christ but the person of Jesus. Christ moved in. He still does. When grace happens, Christ enters. "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).

For many years I missed this truth. I believed all the other prepositions: Christ for me, with me, ahead of me. And I knew I was working beside Christ, under Christ, with Christ. But I never imagined that Christ was in me.

I can't blame my deficiency on Scripture. Paul refers to this union 216 times. John mentions it 26. They describe a Christ who not only woos us to himself but "ones" us to himself. "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God" (1 John 4:15, emphasis mine).

No other religion or philosophy makes such a claim. No other movement implies the living presence of its founder in his followers. Muhammad does not indwell Muslims. Buddha does not inhabit Buddhists. Hugh Hefner does not inhabit the pleasure-seeking hedonist. Influence? Instruct? Entice? Yes. But occupy? No.

Yet Christians embrace this inscrutable promise. "The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you" (Col. 1:27 MSG). The Christian is a person in whom Christ is happening.

We are Jesus Christ's; we belong to him. But even more, we are increasingly him. He moves in and commandeers our hands and feet, requisitions our minds and tongues. We sense his rearranging: debris into the divine, pig's ear into silk purse. He repurposes bad decisions and squalid choices. Little by little a new image emerges. "He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son" (Rom. 8:29 MSG).

Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart—poisoned as it is with pride and pain—and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change. Do you clean up so he can accept you? No, he accepts you and begins cleaning you up. His dream isn't just to get you into heaven but to get heaven into you. What a difference this makes! Can't forgive your enemy? Can't face tomorrow? Can't forgive your past? Christ can, and he is on the move, aggressively budging you from graceless to grace-shaped living. The gift-given giving gifts. Forgiven people forgiving people. Deep sighs of relief. Stumbles aplenty but despair seldom.

Grace is everything Jesus. Grace lives because he does, works because he works, and matters because he matters. He placed a term limit on sin and danced a victory jig in a graveyard. To be saved by grace is to be saved by him—not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus himself, who will sweep into heaven anyone who so much as gives him the nod.

Not in response to a finger snap, religious chant, or a secret handshake. Grace won't be stage-managed. I have no tips on how to get grace. Truth is, we don't get grace. But it sure can get us. Grace hugged the stink out of the prodigal and scared the hate out of Paul and pledges to do the same in us.

If you fear you've written too many checks on God's kindness account, drag regrets around like a broken bumper, huff and puff more than you delight and rest, and, most of all, if you wonder whether God can do something with the mess of your life, then grace is what you need.

Let's make certain it happens to you.

Chapter Two

THE GOD WHO STOOPS

We will be confident when we stand before the Lord, even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

—1 JOHN 3:19–20 NLT

Let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience.

—HEBREWS 10:22 NCV

How great a God is He who gives God!

—AUGUSTINE

Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously in and through Jesus Christ.

—JOHN STOTT

>> IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, IN DEFIANCE OF SATAN, JESUS CHRIST RISES TO YOUR DEFENSE.

The voices yanked her out of bed.

"Get up, you harlot."

"What kind of woman do you think you are?"

Priests slammed open the bedroom door, threw back the window curtains, and pulled off the covers. Before she felt the warmth of the morning sun, she felt the heat of their scorn.

"Shame on you."

"Pathetic."

"Disgusting."

She scarcely had time to cover her body before they marched her through the narrow streets. Dogs yelped. Roosters ran. Women leaned out their windows. Mothers snatched children off the path. Merchants peered out the doors of their shops. Jerusalem became a jury and rendered its verdict with glares and crossed arms.

And as if the bedroom raid and parade of shame were inadequate, the men thrust her into the middle of a morning Bible class.

Early the next morning [Jesus] was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

"Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?" (John 8:2–5 NLT)

Stunned students stood on one side of her. Pious plaintiffs on the other. They had their questions and convictions; she had her dangling negligee and smeared lipstick. "This woman was caught in the very act of adultery," her accusers crowed. Caught in the very act. In the moment. In the arms. In the passion. Caught in the very act by the Jerusalem Council on Decency and Conduct. "The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"

The woman had no exit. Deny the accusation? She had been caught. Plead for mercy? From whom? From God? His spokesmen were squeezing stones and snarling their lips. No one would speak for her.

But someone would stoop for her.

Jesus "stooped down and wrote in the dust" (v. 6 NLT). We would expect him to stand up, step forward, or even ascend a stair and speak. But instead he leaned over. He descended lower than anyone else—beneath the priests, the people, even beneath the woman. The accusers looked down on her. To see Jesus, they had to look down even farther.

He's prone to stoop. He stooped to wash feet, to embrace children. Stooped to pull Peter out of the sea, to pray in the Garden. He stooped before the Roman whipping post. Stooped to carry the cross. Grace is a God who stoops. Here he stooped to write in the dust.

Remember the first occasion his fingers touched dirt? He scooped soil and formed Adam. As he touched the sun-baked soil beside the woman, Jesus may have been reliving the creation moment, reminding himself from whence we came. Earthly humans are prone to do earthy things. Maybe Jesus wrote in the soil for his own benefit.

Or for hers? To divert gaping eyes from the scantily clad, just-caught woman who stood in the center of the circle?

The posse grew impatient with the silent, stooping Jesus. "They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up" (v. 7 nlt).

He lifted himself erect until his shoulders were straight and his head was high. He stood, not to preach, for his words would be few. Not for long, for he would soon stoop again. Not to instruct his followers; he didn't address them. He stood on behalf of the woman. He placed himself between her and the lynch mob and said, "'All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!' Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust" (vv. 7–8 NLT).

Name-callers shut their mouths. Rocks fell to the ground. Jesus resumed his scribbling. "When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman" (v. 9 NLT).

Jesus wasn't finished. He stood one final time and asked the woman, "Where are your accusers?" (v. 10 NLT).

My, my, my. What a question—not just for her but for us. Voices of condemnation awaken us as well.

"You aren't good enough."

"You'll never improve."

"You failed—again."

The voices in our world.

And the voices in our heads! Who is this morality patrolman who issues a citation at every stumble? Who reminds us of every mistake? Does he ever shut up?

No. Because Satan never shuts up. The apostle John called him the Accuser: "This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, '... For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth—the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night'" (Rev. 12:9–10 NLT).

Day after day, hour after hour. Relentless, tireless. The Accuser makes a career out of accusing. Unlike the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Satan's condemnation brings no repentance or resolve, just regret. He has one aim: "to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10). Steal your peace, kill your dreams, and destroy your future. He has deputized a horde of silver-tongued demons to help him. He enlists people to peddle his poison. Friends dredge up your past. Preachers proclaim all guilt and no grace. And parents, oh, your parents. They own a travel agency that specializes in guilt trips. They distribute it twenty-four hours a day. Long into adulthood you still hear their voices: "Why can't you grow up?" "When are you going to make me proud?"

Condemnation—the preferred commodity of Satan. He will repeat the adulterous woman scenario as often as you permit him to do so, marching you through the city streets and dragging your name through the mud. He pushes you into the center of the crowd and megaphones your sin:

This person was caught in the act of immorality ... stupidity ... dishonesty ... irresponsibility.

But he will not have the last word. Jesus has acted on your behalf.

He stooped. Low enough to sleep in a manger, work in a carpentry shop, sleep in a fishing boat. Low enough to rub shoulders with crooks and lepers. Low enough to be spat upon, slapped, nailed, and speared. Low. Low enough to be buried.

And then he stood. Up from the slab of death. Upright in Joseph's tomb and right in Satan's face. Tall. High. He stood up for the woman and silenced her accusers, and he does the same for you.

He "is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us" (Rom. 8:34 MSG). Let this sink in for a moment. In the presence of God, in defiance of Satan, Jesus Christ rises to your defense. He takes on the role of a priest. "Since we have a great priest over God's house, let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience" (Heb. 10:21–22 NCV).

(Continues...)



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With over 100 million products in print, Max Lucado is one of America’s favorite writers. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife Denalyn and a sweet, but misbehaving mutt Andy.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Max Lucado read. It is written simply and gets to the heart of the matter with ease. The references regarding his personal experience remind me that if I allow it, grace is a part of my everyday living. I picked the book because I needed a large dose of grace. Thank you, Max, for taking the time to write about the subject - it invited me to notice grace in everything, everywhere. When I look for it, God’s grace, and human grace is easy to see - thank you for reminding me to allow grace into my life.
Steven_Ruff More than 1 year ago
Grace is one of those things that we want, but don’t fully understand. It is one of those things that we want shown to us, but fail to return to others. Grace is a verb as much as it is a noun. It is as much something we do as it is something possess. Grace stoops. Grace saves. Grace rescues. Grace loves. Grace forgives. Graces restores. Grace is more than words spoken over a meal, it is the provision of the meal itself. In Max Lucado’s new book Grace; More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine he paints a beautiful picture of a gift that can only descend from heaven. Lucado, in a style that is his alone, shows us how real, alive, life-changing, and powerful grace is when spilled over the life of an individual. This is arguably Lucado’s greatest work to date. He writes in a very simple tone, rhythm, and cadence. Within this simplicity, much truth and theology is packed. In each of the eleven chapters, Lucado weaves together the biblical account of those touched by the grace of God with personal experiences and real-life stories. Some of those touched by grace are the woman caught in the act of adultery, Zacchaeus, and Naomi and Ruth. Brilliantly, Max Lucado included, alongside these biblical story lines, the real-life stories of Brazilian garbage pickers, orphaned pioneer children, and the surreal scene of an airline terminal to illustrate the mystery that is the grace of God. This is a great that I highly recommend. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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.”
amberrdh More than 1 year ago
*I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review.* Title: Grace Author: Max Lucado The back cover of Grace by Max Lucado reads, “Have we settled for wimpy grace?” Then it states, “Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped…? Strengthened…? Emboldened…? Softened…? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?” I had great hopes for this book. I had hoped that Pastor Lucado would truly explore the life-changing, sanctifying power of God’s grace. I had hoped that this book would tell of the grace that goes beyond the wimpy grace that doesn’t threaten the way we currently live our lives and instead call us to repentance and challenge us to live obedient and holy lives because of what God has done for us. Had that been the only thing I had begun this book hoping for, I would have been greatly disappointed. I also opened this book hoping for an easy read, good stories, and viewing bible stories in a new, fresh light. Those hopes were not disappointed. For the first time, I saw that the story of the release of Barabbas by Pontius Pilate, well, really the Jews, was not just a release, but rather an exchange. Never before had I viewed that part of the story in light of my own salvation. I am Barabbas… the guilty one. Like Barabbas I have received the pardon I did not deserve while Jesus bore the punishment of death that I fully deserved. (Chapter 3) I saw that the story of Ruth is the story of a God who offers grace though He is under no obligation to. I saw that in the story of Ruth is the story of a God who saves us even when we are in the depths of our sin. (Chapter 6) Lucado, in chapter 10, assures us of our worth, not because of who we are, but because God has chosen us to be His children. “Rather than conjure up reasons to feel good about yourself, trust God’s verdict. If God loves you, you must be worth loving. If he wants to have you in his kingdom, then you must be worth having. God’s grace invites you – no, requires you – to change your attitude about yourself and take sides with God against your feelings of rejection.” While the book disappointed many of my hopes, it also offered some positives things to me as well.
pambhm More than 1 year ago
Grace… Such a big word to only be 5 little letters. It’s a subject that even a child can understand, but we never fully grasp the full meaning. Max Lucado does a great job, as usual, of crafting the narrative to keep the reader involved and intrigued. He suggests that grace is available to all – and needed by all.  Yet it is only effective to the extent that we allow it in our lives. The book itself is well-written and easy to read. It has resources that easily lend it to a study or discussion group. It could also be used as a devotional book – and is well-suited to be a gift book. Here are some questions posed – and answered – in this book about grace: Do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? Do you believe in grace? Have you been changed by grace? Are you softened by grace? Has grace snatched you by your neck and shaken you to your senses? The book is fleshed out with the author’s personal stories about grace, along with the stories of others. It accomplishes it’s purpose as we meditate and reflect on grace – how it affects us personally and the effect of grace in the lives of others.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
There are countless theological and apologetic book on the topic of Grace available in Christian bookstores everywhere. Max Lucado's book, Grace, simplifies and explains the thological concept of Gr4ace. An over used word in prayers, hymns and books, "grace" has become somewhat of a cliche that has lost its true meaning in the minds of most readers. Lucado disects and devotes an entire book to the meaning of grace and how it applies in our everyday lives. Max Lucado's writings are among the most uplifting books that I have recently read. This book specifically helps those who are enduring really difcult times, to endure and persevere. The author address real issues- job loss, terminal illness, grief and loss and even everday daily stresses. This book is designed to help any reader- from those who are suffering from extreme circumstances and those crushed and frustrated from the burdens of everyday life. This book offers real help! If you are bellyaching because you burned your husband's dinner, or the grass stain won't come out of the soccer uniform, or if missed an apointment for your pedicure, or your favorite coach bag sold out before you reached the mall, then this book isn't for you. What you need is a fluffy, superficial, condescending, feel- good, women's devotional book. But, if you truly suffer from life's heartaches, and are searching for true meaning and not just mindless songs or cliches, then this book will offer the comfort you need. In true Lucado fashion, Max writes in an animated, easy to understand style that communicates biblical truths to the reader. His books bring bible stories and biblical truth to life in an inspirational way that speaks out to the reader. "Catch God in a bad mood? Won't happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he's given up on you?" ..... Lucado's use of colorful language and his conversational tone, make it so that biblical truths are memorable and meaningful to the average modern reader. You need not be a theologen, educated in an expensive seminary or college to understand Max Lucado's books. This inspirational book will be certain to leave the reader with a lasting impression. In today's self centered society, without offense Max Lucado illustrates the importance of living life based on biblical principles. After reading this book, and really meditating on the biblical truths communicated via Max Lucado, one can feel a renewed sense of embpowerment to live a selfless life style. Max makes use of personal anecdotes as well as bible stories to illiustrate the importance of depending on God rather than on the material things of this world. If you are a theologen, looking for an apologetic defense on the purpose of depending on God then this book isn't for you. This is not a wordy theological book on Grace- there are plenty of works like that. But, if on the other hand you are simply looking for bible based motivation and a relief in a world that takes pride in materialism, selfish ambition and competition, then this book is perfect. This book shows the biblical and personal significance of grace. It brings true meaning to God's gift of undeserved grace in everday simple language. As a blogger for booksneeze, I receive books from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for writing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More than we deserve, Greater than we imagine. Recommendations from authors such as Randy Alcorn, Cal Thomas, Stephen Arterburn and John Ortberg I had high expectations for this book. I was not disappointed. God's grace is such a huge part of the Bible, but is often misunderstood and downplayed by Christians. In this Scripture based book, Max goes into great detail concerning the grace of God. Most of us don't understand God's grace. We will never exhaust His supply of grace, and He will never run out. In the chapter titled "Heaven: Guaranteed" which opens up "Trust God's hold on you, more than your hold on God." he tackles the issue of external security. He uses the analogy of someone holding a boarding pass for a flight in contrast with someone who is on stand-by. In a particularly honest chapter titled "Coming clean with God" he reveals his struggle with alcoholism, his need for confession and restoration. Using this example he reminds us all of our need for confession and acceptance. Max Lucado has written so many books over the years, and keeps coming out with better ones all the time. Often when an author is this popular, the subjects get watered down. Not the case this time, "Grace" is another great book. I have received this book at no cost from the publisher
FollowingThePath More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado's Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, is a book for Christians who seek to further understand what it means to experience God's grace in their lives as well as for non-Christians who do not yet understand how God has blessed us and saved us. I have read quite a few of Max Lucado's books, but this one is by far my favorite. In his best-selling style, Lucado provides many examples of God's grace. He talks about how grace was shown in the Bible, in many examples of Old and New Testament scripture. He illustrates how these examples can apply to our own lives and how they have applied to the lives of people he knows or people in history. All of these examples serve to further illustrate something that is often hard for us to understand. Even though we are fallible, sinful, human beings, God has given us His Grace. He loves us so much, that He DIED for us. That is the grace he bestows upon each and every one of us. So if you are ever thinking that God does not show His grace in your life, read this book and remember - God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son!
smithk_poet More than 1 year ago
Touching, Heartfelt, and Encouraging In reviewing this book titled: “Grace”, it was touching and encouraging; it gives us a different respect and gratitude for grace. The book was wonderfully written in details and amazing stories in references to the grace. I felt a refreshing moment while reading this book. Max Lucado did a splendid job on this book, not by knowledge only, but by experience this book is organized from; to experience God’s grace is an opportunity no one should want to miss. It touches the very heart and soul of a person to want to bless others. We have been given more grace than we deserve and this book brings that particular part out in the open. Grace takes part in Spiritual maturity; we give grace more and more as we improve ourselves through the Holy Word. Grace gives us room to display our spiritual potential and God’s love through us, not for us but for God’s glory. Grace convicts us to stand correct when we have done wrong. Grace shapes us into a God-server and not a self-server. Thank You Father for your unfailing and everlasting grace that You give us daily. This book is truly a blessing and I am glad to recommend this book to all who will read it. 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.”
BillDi More than 1 year ago
Lucado once again presents a wonderful case the that God's Grace surrounds us everyday. Reading this strengthens my faith and trust in the Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes when we're busy trying to be perfect, and then beating ourselves up when we're not - we forget about grace. This book beautifully reminds us of the power of God's grace. What a blessing.
Annette_Pickard More than 1 year ago
A wonderful affirmation and clarification of the amazing grace of our God.
KCPryzr More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado writes like he could be a friend of mine and we are having a conversation.  He has a dry sense of humor and a way of looking at things that I greatly appreciate. He has you look at things in different ways that are fascinating to new Christians and eye opening for older, more seasoned Christians who may have grown jaded when reading these types of books. Grace by Max Lucado is no exception to this style of writing.  He made me smile and made me look at Grace in new ways.  Now, if you are looking for something deeply intellectual, D. L. Moody, or something constantly picking apart the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the words, then this is not the book for you.  I wouldn't call this bubble gummy, but neither would I call it earth shattering.  In my opinion, Max just wants you to look at these topics from a different perspective that might move them from head knowledge to heart knowledge.   His stories help put this in perspective as he explains that Grace is something that God freely gives, but we are reluctant to receive.  This is a solid book.  Is it one that totally rocked my world?  No.  Is it one that I would recommend to someone who was having trouble understanding that God has forgiven them and has extended Grace.  Absolutely. This book was provided to me free of charge as part of the Booksneeze blogger program.  I was not required to give a positive review.
mckinn6454 More than 1 year ago
I am not through reading it, but it is an amazing book that reminds us of God's grace for all of us who accept it. I have read a large number of Maz Lucado's books and this is becoming one of my favorites.
seascapes12 More than 1 year ago
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Can Imagine by Max Lucado We strive to be forgiven, to be good enough, to do enough, to earn our way into Heaven by a resume of all our time spent working to be welcomed. In the end, it leaves us drained and depraved of energy, of joy and hope. We’ve been looking in all the wrong places to give us our satisfaction. What we need, as Max Lucado points out in his book I reviewed on Booksneeze®, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Can Imagine, has already been given to us by a gracious God. And in that adjective lies the focus of the story- grace. Always a fan of Lucado’s books, when I saw Grace available to read and review, my fingers couldn’t click the button to choose this one fast enough. From the first page until the last, I happily reveled in Lucado’s typical lyrical, story-like language, with the gospel truth efficiently relayed in a straightforward way that brought to life for the reader what exactly this whole grace thing is all about. Broken into chapters, each starts with a scripture verse, quote and passage that appears in that chapter. Lucado’s voice is lively and vivid and puts the immense concept of grace into ways we humans can manage to understand and soak in. God’s voice is heard in his words, and he did not disappointed on his latest book. I would enthusiastically recommend Grace to anyone who wants to dive a little deeper into the depths of God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace by Max Lucado. “More than we deserve-greater than we imagine.” Max captures our attention with clever word pictures and humour, but more than that he calls us to deeper contemplation of God’s grace. To top it off, the reader’s guide at the back of the book provides 12 studies for group or personal use helping us to better grasp God’s grace and apply what we have learned from His Word, remembering that ”To accept grace is to accept the vow to give it.” Published by Thomas Nelson "Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review."
SharynR More than 1 year ago
Loved this one-will be using it for a Bible study.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Max delivers! This book is such a great reminder of God's love and his unfailing mercies for us. Reading this along with the series that TBN has on right now with Max is a really great way to add some much needed devotional time into the mix. Max's simple style and meaningful stories to illustrate the power of Grace are very touching. I received this book free through BookSneeze and although required to do a review...it doesn't have to be glowing! However, you cannot help but enjoy this work.
dnieman More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado tackles the topic of grace once again in Grace: More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Can Imagine. In Chapter 1 he introduces the concept of grace as a life altering event, that changes our lives forever. Using illustrations that conjure up both white water rafting and baptism, Lucado describes the very joyous experience of grace for the first time. He subsequent chapters he deals with God's action in coming to us and pronouncing us not-condemned, drawing on the story of the woman caught in adultery. Followed by the story of Barabbas, which pictures Christ dying in our place. In "You Can Rest Now", Lucado draws on the scriptures from Romans that show that we do not bring anything to salvation, but it is Christ alone who makes us right before God. Max Lucado goes on to use both Old and New Testament stories to show grace in action in such areas as giving grace to others once we have received grace, living free from fear, free from judgmental-ism, ultimately living a godly life by grace. Max Lucado has written one of his most challenging works in this book on grace. If you love Max Lucado's writings already, you will certainly love this book. If you have never read a book by Max Lucado, this is a great one with which to start. Note: This is a book review that I have written for Book Sneeze, affiliated with the publisher Thomas Nelson.
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