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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

4.3 43
by Kay Harper

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Follow Kay Harper as she stumbles headlong, tangled in her sly, quicksilver, shooting-star life, skidding sideways, sliding down rainbows into pits of her own making. When she finally hits the bottom of the bottom, Harper looks up and finds that even when we don't understand God's course for us, He is always waiting and hanging onto us tight. This is a read you must


Follow Kay Harper as she stumbles headlong, tangled in her sly, quicksilver, shooting-star life, skidding sideways, sliding down rainbows into pits of her own making. When she finally hits the bottom of the bottom, Harper looks up and finds that even when we don't understand God's course for us, He is always waiting and hanging onto us tight. This is a read you must not miss.
Jean Archambault-White,
Author, Simple Faith; and
Eloise of Westhaven

Stumbling Into Grace is the beautifully written, inspiring story of one woman's struggle toward fulfillment and inner peace. No matter what your religion, Kay Harper will lift you up with her as she builds a new life of faith.
Esther Gordon
Eden Literary

We never know what other people have been through. Kay Harper's unapologetic telling of her reckless journey struck a chord in me, increased my compassion for all I meet and intensified my desire to tell them about the living God.
Pastor Bill Pierson
Joy Fellowship

If you or loved ones suffer from Clinical Depression, Kay Harper's vivid account of her own battles with this debilitating condition will give you insight, understanding and hope.
Valerie Balandra
Integrative Psychiatry

A fast paced read! Stumbling Into Grace follows Kay Harper's mad dash journey as she seeks fame and fortune. Recognition eludes her, sickness overpowers her, but God is about to do a brand new thing!
Barb Lataillade
Author, Under the Rubble

Kay Harper spent her childhood exploring, 20s rebelling, 30s on a quest, 40s in Never-Never Land and 50s lost and found. Through it all her pen has been a trusted friend. Kay writes from her home in Florida-minutes away from the picturesque, white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Stumbling Into Grace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
BonnieStark More than 1 year ago
So, today I figured I’ll put up a review of Stumbling into Grace. Its a book on spiritual growth using real life experiences. It reads like a conversation between good friends and Lisa Harper shares secrets and tips on the walk of faith and I like how it’s more like she is gisting with me than lecturing me. The use of modern terminologies to explain scripture also made me see things in a different, clearer light. Although I read this book all at once at first, because it is that engaging, I will definitely be reading it over and over again; the next time, like a devotional. She has Group discussion and journal entry pages for every chapter for you to reflect on. I will recommend this book for anyone, anyone at all. There is something in it for the old, the young, the good, the ‘bad’. As long as you are human, you’ll take something meaningful from it.
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AnnaBlanch More than 1 year ago
One book I read recently that challenged my perceptions of the "Books for Christian women" genre was Lisa Harper's Stumbling into Grace. Harper brings seminary training, the ability to write clearly and persuasively and a wicked sense of humour to the table and this is one book that challenges many of the stereotypes I am less than enamoured with. Harper is also a single woman engaged in travelling and speaking and so maybe I find myself associating with her on that level too. I will say that the book is very American but given that Harper is, and so too her publisher, I guess that is both to be expected and understandable. Harper draws from a deep well of biblical and systematic theology, as well as ministry and life experience. Her willingness to acknowledge her clumsiness is so darn refreshing!
jessiwhitt More than 1 year ago
Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper is a collection of stories from Lisa's life, which takes readers on a journey about faith and the misconceptions we often have about Christ. Lisa has a delightful way of meshing humor with her personal stories that relate to Biblical truths. I love that Lisa's stories were relevant and allows readers to connect on a deeper level. I think most of us have had similar fears, doubts, shame, misconceptions as Lisa. Her candidness allows others to see that they do not have to be overtaken by their guilt, shame, past mistakes, etc., but their lives can be transformed into a life full of joy that is ultimately centered around their relationship with Christ. This would be a great gift for someone who feels that they aren't good enough for Christ's love or struggling with the theological truths presented in the Bible. 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.”
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staceb More than 1 year ago
Author, Lisa Harper takes us on her personal journey of a life of faith, in a witty, honest way. The book reads sort of like a diary/ devotional. Each chapter is broken into sections that include: Scripture The Heart of His Story Hope for Our Ongoing Stories Living in Light of His Story - a prayer Personal Reflection and/or Group Discussion Questions Journal Entry My thoughts: It's an easy read, only 189 pages, but it did sit on my coffee table for a while before I really sat down to read it. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, but still made me chuckle a bit. I like the reflection parts as they made me give serious thought to issues in my life.
K-Everett More than 1 year ago
I wish I read a sampling of "Stumbling into grace" before I bought it. If you could return ebooks I would have returned this. I made it to page 30 or 33. I was hoping it would get better. The reviews I read on the book were great. For me the author was trying to hard to put humor into her story. It was like a teenage girl wrote the book not a grown women. In the 30 something pages I read I do not recall anything really about grace just too many silly exsamples of how un graceful the authors stories are. I'm sure this book was a blessing to someone, just not me and I really wish BN would let you get a credit for ebooks. p.s I would give this 0 stars but it seems you have to check at least 1 to submit a review.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of funny, little stories throughout it that will keep you entertained and even make you laugh out loud. One such story involving pantyhose and toes still brings a chuckle whenever I think about it. In each chapter, Lisa focuses on a section of Scripture and then uses a story from her life to illustrate how it is just as meaningful as it was when it was written. At the end of each chapter, there is a section for you to have a personal reflection or a group discussion over what you just read. Then there is a journal entry sentence for you to write your personal thoughts regarding what you read in the chapter. I especially liked this because it really did encourage you to reflect on what the teaching means to you and how you can apply it to your life. There were areas of the book where I felt it did drag and I had moments of wanting to skip over these dragging parts of the book (but I didn't). There was also a comment she made at the end of chapter 2 that made me uneasy because I don't believe that women are meant to be a Pastor of a church. She says regarding church, "So our Creator provided a divine pit stop - whether we go to the theater with cup-holders presided over a man wearing skinny jeans on Saturday night, or to an elegant room ringed with stained-glass windows that's presided over by a woman in a robe on Sunday morning - wherein we can have our souls refueled by worshiping Him and hanging out with other limping, like-minded disciples." Perhaps I read this wrong, but I don't think so, and because it came so early in the book, it colored my reading for the rest of the book. Now this may not be a big deal to some, but because the Bible states so clearly that women should not teach men, I questioned her Biblical standing for the rest of the book. Overall, it was an entertaining book and I did enjoy reading it, but I would have to give it 4 out of 5 stars for the dragging bits and for my uneasiness about the woman pastor part. ************** This book was provided to me for my honest review by Thomas Nelson Publishing
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
Let me count the ways that I love this book... 1. The Title: Stumbling into Grace. Isn't that a great word picture! It is a wonderful title that I feel describes me extremely well! What about you? 2. The Subtitle: "Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman." This would fit all of us Christian Women, if we were as honest as Lisa Harper, true?! 3. The Picture on the Cover: The little girl makes me smile! She reminds me of my little girls. They twirling around in their very creative dress-up outfits fully confident in who they are and how much they are loved -- may we be more like that as we worship our Jesus! ...Anyway, I haven't even got to the inside of the book! It is split into three sections: Real Life, Real Gifts, and Real Growth... 4. The Humor: Lisa Harper uses humorous stories to break the ice and get the readers' heart open to listen, learn and grow. Like the title, the chapter titles are even humorous, including names like "The Very Real Problem with Pantyhose - Jesus and Binding Things" and "Getting Your Squeeze On - Jesus and the Gift of Touch"! 5. The Honesty: We got a glimpse of Lisa Harper's openness in the subtitle. This honest writing continues throughout the book. 6. Personal Refection/Group Discussion questions: These are very thought provoking, outside of the box questions that kept me thinking throughout the day. I plan to use this book in a group setting soon, and I look forward to the discussions that will occur. 7. Journal Entry: Lisa Harper encourages the reader to complete these sentences in your personal journal. An example is "So, I've been thinking about becoming absolutely devoted to and dependent on You, Jesus, and..." These could be used over and over as ideas to use in your journalling. Lisa Harper is like a great friend with whom you are comfortable enough around to laugh often and cry hard because that's the openness in which she writes! I look forward to reading some of her others books. Disclosure: 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.
Only-A-Little-While More than 1 year ago
Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman by Lisa Harper is a beautifully written book organized into very easy to digest chapters. At many points throughout the book, I found myself laughing so hard that I was almost in tears! Her writing is so eloquently transparent that you feel as though you have known her for years. Her frankness and head on style are a breath of fresh air. The book dives deeply into spiritual principles without the weighty and sometimes confusing terminology that often accompanies subject matters like this. Lisa has a Masters of Theological Studies and it is obvious as she applies the Word of God chapter by chapter. She delivers some much needed straight talk about the graciousness and truths of God. Upon investigation of her Bible references, one can only conclude that there is truly nothing we can do in our own strength to earn our way into the presence of God. It is a gift. This book is filled with wonderful authenticity about the obstacles we often find ourselves trying to hurdle over. The author expounds that as we fall back on the Lord, He will give us what we need. Each chapter concludes with a prayer, reflection questions, and a challenge to further your pondering with a journal entry directive. The book is systematically designed to be used in in a small group study or as an intimate heart search between the reader and the Lord. Either way, the experience will leave you stronger for having walked with her through the pages of her life and His Word. I highly recommend reading this book! It is one that I would like to discuss, one chapter at a time, with a small group of sweet friends around a warm crackling fire and a hot cup of coffee. Enjoy! I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishing Company through BookSneeze for providing me with this review copy of Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper. The opinions I have expressed within this review are completely my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Harper on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", about her new book, "Stumbling Into Grace" published by Thomas Nelson. The best way to describe what "Stumbling Into Grace" is to do what Ms. Harper does in her introduction. She focuses on God. Some of us actually believe that God is too busy to be bothered with us especially in our little things. And if we mess up not only is God upset but His punishment is severe. Ms. Harper states that this belief system is totally inaccurate and not only that God knows that we are going to continually mess up but He has provided a way for us and that way is His grace. I hung on every word. In every chapter Ms. Harper looks at a way that people mess up then takes a section from the Gospels that show the response of Jesus to that situation. If you are like me you will be amazed on how current Jesus was portrayed. At the end of every chapter there is a "Living In The Light Of His Story" where a prayer is provided to repent of that chapter's particular situation. Following that is a "Personal Reflection and/or Group Discussion Questions" which will allow the reader to probe deeper into the issue. In my opinion everyone needs this book. I know I sure did and do. I will read this book again and again because I need to be reminded of God's great love often and this book will do it every time. I recommend it highly. I have to say that Ms. Harper is an excellent Bible teacher and I am going to go out and acquire all of her previous books and be ready for all her new ones simply because she is that good. If you missed the interview for "Stumbling Into Grace" or "A Perfect Mess" and would like to listen to them and/or listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. 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."
LizRee More than 1 year ago
A couple of years ago, I attended a Women of Faith event in Houston, TX and was introduced to Lisa Harper for the first time. (Well, not literally introduced. But wouldn't that be cool??!!) I had been to other WOF events in the past, but Lisa was a new speaker for me in 2009. I loved every moment of her talks on stage, so I knew I'd enjoy this book! While our lives are very different, our hearts & minds are very similar. Lisa is one of those women that I think would be a fun party guest for my girlfriends slumber party. (You know...the same one where I'll invite Angie Smith & Beth Moore & Patsy Clairmont, Priscilla Shirer & Jennifer Rothschild to come hang out. If you don't know who those ladies are, look them up. They are all AWESOME authors & speakers.) So anyway, I have this book...... I began reading it a couple of weeks ago & have read it in bits & pieces. I've read it in bed at night before I doze off. I've read it while I'm at work, doing lunch duty for the teacher down the hall. I've read it on the treadmill when I'm working out. Anytime I can quietly get a chapter or two in is great! And you know what? I love this book! Stumbling Into Grace has the subtitle "Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman". I love that! What woman among us wouldn't claim to feel like a spiritually clumsy person now & then? Lisa weaves her personal stories of silliness or embarrassing moments throughout the book, always drawing the reader back to God's truth in Scripture. She eloquently takes stories from the Bible & adds a creative touch here & there to make them more understandable & applicable to our lives today, while never distracting from the original meaning, characters and motive. Ms. Harper's writing is so funny & fresh! You can't help but laugh...or cry... or laugh until you cry! The book is sort of like reading the author's diary, seeing into her private life & her heart and then seeing how God reels her back to Him over & over and points out truth to bring Him glory with her life. Even when life doesn't look like she'd like it to! Each chapter ends with some questions that could be used in a small group setting, or just for further study with an individual reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book & strongly recommend it for Christian women. It's a light, easy read with a lot of meat. P.S. I think the cover of this book should get a prize for one of the cutest covers ever!
FrugalFocused1 More than 1 year ago
When I first read the title of this book ,"Stumbling into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman", I thought "that sounds like something I can relate to." And relate I did. In this easy to read, diary-like devotional, Lisa Harper shares her own ongoing, often clumsy journey of faith. She weaves her real-life stories that are laced with honesty, humor, and sometimes deep pain with Biblical principles and offers encouragement through a better understanding of God's grace. She ends each chapter with a prayer, series of questions for discussion or reflection, and a journal entry prompt. I really enjoyed this book. Having had the opportunity to hear Lisa Harper speak at a Women of Faith event, it was fun being able to "hear" her voice in the stories she shared. I love Lisa's ability to take events from the Bible and make them relatable to today. As I read this book, I appreciated Lisa Harper's easy, conversational style and her willingness to be real and honest as she shared her stories. I found myself at times laughing right out loud and at other times feeling great heartache while I read each story. And with each chapter read, I received another gentle reminder of Christ's love for us and his abundant grace in our lives. I appreciated the questions and journal prompts at the end of each chapter as they encouraged me to pause and let what I had read soak in deep. If you need some encouragement and a reminder of Christ's unconditional love and abundant grace, then pick up this book, read it, and keep on stumbling into your grace-filled journey of faith. Disclosure: This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson Publishing through BookSneeze. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very witty yet inspirational.
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gmtn96 More than 1 year ago
I'm a teenager and I decided to read this book which caught my attention by the title. When I first started reading it, it was good it made me cry in the introduction and made me laugh in the following chapters. I just like how she explains things from another angle or expression. I just think that Lisa was genius enough to put example from her own life experience to bring what she wants to bring. I really recommend this book for a women's bible study at church or simply for your own personal satisfaction. I like how at the end of every chapter she has this little prayers, personl reflection and/or group discussion questions and journal entries that ar good for yourself and bible study. Lisa has like this unique way of expressing, and still be funny with her own hilarious stories. I learn things that where really interesting for me to learn with questions that I really didn't put attention to them. Also is great how she applies the truth's found in God's Word. In conclusion I recommend this book for young womens and womens specially in a bible group study, so not only you have your opinion but you have others opinios an if you have a doubt you have somebody to ask for aclaration. But in general is a great-magnificent-amazing-book. I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
MissieS More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book of Lisa Harper's I have read and I love her writing style. She is SO down to earth, witty and comical that she makes reading her books a joy. Like others she has written, this book works well for personal reading, devotional or as a group. Lisa uses her own personal stories to relate back to biblical basics. Great read!
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Witty and Fun, Stumbling Into Grace, written by Lisa Harper, keeps you engaged as you read through tales and stories that are real as well as Gospel accounts. Lisa Harper has a way of writing that is fun and engaging. When you think you have read all the stories there are to read about Jesus, here is one more take/angle on it. Lisa Harper first engages the reader with a tale of her own. Sometimes about others, but mostly about her, which really captures you as the reader. You gain an understanding that we all make mistakes, but that our Savior is in fact there to lift us up from those mistakes by His Grace. There were a few chapters that were not as engaging for me, simply because I didn't see the correlation between the "tale" as I like to call it that you read first with the Gospel account that you read second. However, there were other chapters that I have dog-eared to go back and read and to really take the time to make it a devotional setting for myself. Lisa Harper includes a prayer and questions as well as a journal entry prompt. All of which are great to do as a devotional for yourself or with a group. I think this would make a great group Bible Study as there can be a lot of conversations about how we stumble, but by God's Grace alone we are given a second chance. I would love to read more books by Lisa Harper. She reminds me of Liz Curtis Higgs in many ways. Only through Booksneeze would I have had the great opportunity to read these two amazing authors!
scarletRP More than 1 year ago
I picked this book because I was so in love with the front cover. Isn't she cute? The story is all about the Author, Lisa's inspirational life. The moment I read this book I dont want to stop. I even brought it to my work just to finish it. I liked her life story a lot. I highly recommend this to all the ladies out there go ahead get a copy of this. I bet you gonna love it. Trust me, Lisa will going to inspire your life. Anyway, I would like to thank the Booksneeze for sending this for free.I love working with you guys.
4HisGloryEM More than 1 year ago
Each chapter of Stumbling Into Grace has its own topic. Lisa talks about fear, strongholds, food, forgiveness, healing, community, honesty and more. Within each chapter are examples and stories from Lisa's own life, as well as a biblical reference - sometimes paraphrased by Lisa, and these are the best, as she brings Bible verses to life in modern times in ways that might surprise you. Included in each chapter is a closing prayer, questions for group discussion or personal reflection and a lead-in question for writing in your personal journal. Harper utilizes personal stories and a healthy dose of good humor to share experiences that are common to all of us and spiritual insights that will challenge and inspire you. This book is great as a solo devotional or possibly in a small group setting.The books was a pretty easy read! Miss Lisa is quite hilarious (and ever-so-slightly crude at times) but her lover for her Savior is beautiful. Each chapter starts off with a story, the middle includes a Bible passage, and the end explains the passage and shows how it can be applied to our lives today.A very good book if you are looking for something to help you get back on track in your walk with God!
Ishap01 More than 1 year ago
I recently got to reveiew this wonderful book named Stumbling Into Grace Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Women by Lisa Harper.This is the first book of Lisa that I ever read and I am already thinking of buying more books written by her.In this book Lisa Harper shares ordinary stories of her life with a tinge of humor to it.Everything about this book is so addictive that I just didn't feel like putting it down once I started to read.I especially love the cover of the book,it is absolutely adorable Lisa has not only shared her experiences but has also provided journal entries after every chapter of the book.Her humorous take on life and her everyday day examples make you relate to the book so well that you feel that it is the part of your life.Many a times while reading the book I was like oh yes this is so me...This book can make you laugh it can make you cry it makes you think it makes you love yourself.I definitely recommend this book for every women.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
Stumbling Into Grace is just as wonderful as the other books by Lisa Harper that I've read. Ms. Harper has a real gift for storytelling and sharing Biblical truth in a simple way. Her stories in the chapters of this book made me laugh and they made me think and they made me feel very convicted at times! I really appreciate the way that this author shares her struggles and foibles so honestly, and then follows it up with strong Biblical teachings and encouragement. Stumbling Into Grace is what I would call a "life tune-up" book. It covers topics like becoming less critical, becoming more grateful, enjoying the gift of community, scary things, forgiveness and contentedness, to name just a few. Each chapter of this book ends with a short prayer and questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion questions, followed by a journal writing prompt. I'm so glad to have gotten the opportunity to read Stumbling Into Grace, and I highly recommend it for any Christian woman who's looking for a good laugh and quality, relevant Biblical instruction. Disclosure: I received this book to review as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
blessedchick More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I like that she uses real life stories of herself in the book, like using her pincher like toes to pick on someone wearing pantyhose. Another plus of this book is that it is also a devotional for the reader with a study lesson at the end with a journal entry space for you. I was not expecting that as I was reading it and was surpised after the first chapter and I got excited. I have been looking for a devotional/study guide and this was a great one. I liked reading her stories and then liked how she pulled in some scripture into it to make it go together. This book could be used in a small women's group using the questions and the end of the chapters to make it more of a study guide but it is great as a personal devotion as well.
Dolphins72 More than 1 year ago
The author brings the reader face to face with Jesus with regard to Real Life, Real Gifts, and Real Growth in topics concerning fear, addiction, and danger, as well as the need for forgiveness, touch, humor, community, and rest, and battling criticism, dishonesty, discontent, independence and lack of gratitude. Lisa Harper does a good job making her points while using illustrations, both funny and poignant, from her own life. Lisa's writing style is very conversational, which makes it easy to read. Each chapter is structured in such a way that the author shares an anecdote, illustrates her topic with a scriptural passage, elaborates in her own words, and gives an application. Included at the end of each chapter are excellent questions for personal reflection or group discussion. This book is well written and thought provoking with Scripture used effectively. I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program.
TyKesMom More than 1 year ago
Have you ever taken a moment to look at your crazy, chaotic life and wondered how God could still love you, imperfections and all? Lisa Harper in her book Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman walks us (or rather, helps us stumble) through her real-life experiences and imperfections and how she manages to still hold on strong to her faith while intricately working the teachings of Jesus into her day to day life. A speaker and Bible teacher, Harper takes many known and unknown stories of the Bible and shows us why they are still applicable to today's high-tech, fast-paced world. Everything from talking about the disciples tweeting and Facebooking to giving entertaining, relatable and intricate back stories to some of the sinners depicted in the scripture, she brings to life many of the teachings of Jesus. Speaking very openly and honestly about her own life experiences, Harper has her readers literally laughing through one chapter and crying through the next. Wonderfully written and easy to read, the book leaves you longing to head out for some drinks with the author. Harper is funny, witty and very well versed in scripture gaining her credibility and relatability through the entire book. Whether you are brand new to the Bible or are a highly educated theologian, this book will bring Jesus' teachings to life in new and exciting ways, making the Bible relate thoroughly to our lives today while reminding us of its true purpose: to show us God's unending and amazing love despite all of our stumbling and staggering. I would highly recommend this book to all audiences as an easy read that is sure to leave you in high spirits and looking at life through new and refreshed eyes. Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze for the purpose of an unbiased review. I received no other compensation for this review.