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Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace
     

Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace

by Cathleen Falsani
 

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Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely don't deserve.

Award-winning author and columnist Cathleen Falsani says, “People regularly ask me why I believe in God. The simple answer … is grace.” In Sin Boldly: A Field Guide to Grace, Falsani explores the meaning and

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Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely don't deserve.

Award-winning author and columnist Cathleen Falsani says, “People regularly ask me why I believe in God. The simple answer … is grace.” In Sin Boldly: A Field Guide to Grace, Falsani explores the meaning and experience of grace through story and song, quotes and photos.

Falsani says, “Grace makes no sense to our human minds. We're hardwired to seek justice, or our limited idea of what that means, and occasionally dole out mercy. Grace is another story.” Sin Boldly is an uplifting, multifaceted, and thought-provoking look at what makes grace so amazing.

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Publishers Weekly
Ranging from Chicago to Kenya, New Orleans to Ireland, Big Sky to Graceland, Falsani dons her investigative cap and scouts for grace. This religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times is a charming guide to places and people who reveal “grace when and where it happens.” Eschewing technical theological definitions, Falsani opts instead to tell how she has experienced grace. And we are vicarious travelers, seeing grace—“audacious, unwarranted, and unlimited”—through Falsani’s eyes. She marvels at the devotion of young people who crowd to the pope’s funeral and at the astoundingly independent women of Asembo Bay in Kenya. She wrestles with anger at a misogynist Tanzanian tour guide and anger at God when her mother and beloved cat face cancer. We traipse along with the author and eavesdrop on her conversations, both external and internal. The result is a pastiche of images meant collectively to reveal God’s grace. Though some may find the premise contrived, only a fierce cynic could fail to be drawn in to Falsani’s tales and candid reflections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310279471
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Throwing caution to the winds, journalist and self-described “freelance Christian” Cathleen Falsani hoists a flag for Grace, impetuously jumping in where angels (and theologians) have feared to tread. Her enthusiasm flies off the page, but there’s wisdom, too, as she uses music, art, and story to illustrate her understandings of Grace, that heavenly benison that resists verbal definition but brings faith to vivid life. Her vision of God at work is broad and bold, and I suspect he is smiling! -- Luci Shaw

Cathleen Falsani reminds us of the immense potential of a life rooted and showered in grace---grace that is ever present in every place if we could just open our eyes and hearts. In fact, the very act of reading Sin Boldly is an experience of grace, and you cannot ask that a book be any more wonderful than that. Read this book because it will truly make a difference in your life. But be prepared to laugh and cry and dance, and be ready to live more boldly and love more courageously. -- Rabbi Irwin Kula

Cathleen Falsani is an excellent writer and a wonderful storyteller. Sin Boldly combines these two gifts in inspiring and entertaining stories that remind us that grace is often as unexpected as it is undeserved. This is a book that should be read by anyone who knows they need the grace of God. -- Jim Wallis

Ranging from Chicago to Kenya, New Orleans to Maine, Big Sky to Graceland, Falsani dons her investigative cap and scouts for grace. This religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times is a charming guide to places and people who reveal “grace when and where it happens.” Eschewing technical theological definitions, Falsani opts instead to tell how she has experienced grace. And we are vicarious travelers, seeing grace---“audacious, unwarranted, and unlimited”---through Falsani's eyes. She marvels at the devotion of young people who crowd to the pope's funeral and at the astoundingly independent women of Asembo Bay in Kenya. She wrestles with anger at a misogynist Tanzanian tour guide and anger at God when her mother and beloved cat face cancer. We traipse along with the author and eavesdrop on her conversations, both external and internal. The result is a pastiche of images meant collectively to reveal God's grace. Though some may find the premise contrived, only a fierce cynic could fail to be drawn in to Falsani’s tales and candid reflections. (Sept.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

What makes this book about grace so different and special is that it reads like a novel. It gets the reader to FEEL grace rather than just getting a theological handle on it. -- Tony Campolo, , Author

Here’s an utterly original, unflinchingly honest, heart-expanding treatment of my favorite topic: the grace of God. I was so captivated that I missed church while reading it---and Cathleen’s lyrical insights refreshed my soul more than any sermon could have. I won’t be the same having read it. -- Lee Strobel, , Author

Cathleen Falsani writes about religion and spirituality like nobody else: with a believer's heart, a journalist's eye and a humorist's ready wit. In matters of belief, near-belief or disbelief, Falsani is not afraid to look at traditional things in a new way, and new things in a traditional way. Her words make her topics seem fresh and inviting, and means readers always come away from her writings with a better understanding of God, of their fellow human beings and, of course, themselves. -- James Martin, SJ, , Author

Not often do I find a nonfiction book that delights me with Story the way Sin Boldly does. With humor, tenderness, and a storyteller’s attention to detail, Cathleen Falsani takes us on a ride to show us her world of grace---a grace found in the most unexpected places. Through her honesty and peculiar perspective, Cathleen Falsani made me laugh and cry, and gave me the space in which to believe again. -- Stacy Barton, , Author And Activist

Meet the Author

Cathleen Falsani, author of Sin Boldly, The Dude Abides, and The God Factor, is the award-winning religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She attended Wheaton College and also holds masters degrees in journalism and theology. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, with her husband and fellow journalist, Maurice Possley.

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