A Look at Grace from a Most Surprising Perspective – The Old Testament
Grace. We want to domesticate it, calm it down, and stuff it into a blue blazer and a pair of khakis. But biblical grace – or charis – doesn’t like to settle down. Grace is a dangerous topic because the Bible is a dangerous book.
Charis flows from the Preston Sprinkle’s half dozen years teaching the Old Testament to college students. You might think that would produce a book about judgment – but no way. He shows how every character, every event, every single page from the Old Testament bleeds with grace.
Take a journey into Charis - where harlots are hugged, enemies are enjoyed, and really bad people receive really good things from a Creator who stubbornly delights in undelightful people … like us.
|Publisher:||David C Cook|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Preston Sprinkle (PhD, MDiv) is the director of Eternity Bible College's extension site in Boise, Idaho. He co-authored the New York Times bestselling Erasing Hell with Francis Chan and is the author of the recently published Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence. He resides in Idaho with his wife and four children.
Table of Contents
Foreword Tullian Tchividjian 9
1 Chan's 19
2 Creator 33
3 Patriarch 47
4 Tent 53
5 King 77
6 Whore 93
7 Tattoo 109
8 Manger 129
9 Thug 143
10 It Is Finished 159
Epilogue: Where Does Obedience Fit In? 173
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Grace. If this stuff ever gets old, we might as well throw away our Bibles."~ Preston Sprinkle. Charis is the story of a God who keeps coming and living with us humans. First He gave us life in Eden, the garden that defines paradise, where you could walk and talk to God in the cool of the evening. Then He gave the Hebrews his presence in a tent in the desert, encouraging them to come to Him in the Tabernacle despite their golden-calf baggage. Then after ages of shouting grace from the rooftops and whispering it to the perishing, God came in the flesh and was born into a manger... making His dwelling in an earthly house. And finally, He promises that where He is, there we shall also be... in our Father's house are many rooms. How is it that God wants so badly for us to be with Him? Grace.... a powerful, uncontainable, illogical, wonderful, straight-up Grace that Preston Sprinkle calls "Charis." He calls it charis because that is the Greek word for it... and the definition is simply "A Gift." Thus begins this wonderful book that makes me want to wake up sleepers with the message of Charis and rock babies to sleep on a song of Charis. It makes me want to accept myself because of God's Charis towards me and it makes me want to see my family through the eyes of God's Charis. "God's plan of salvation was not upheld by the mighty arms of (righteous people) but by God's tender grip of grace on social rejects." ~Preston Sprinkle Ok... so Charis proclaims a grace so potent, we're staggering/dancing drunk by the end of it. What else is there to like about this book? Well, did anybody mention that it is based out of Old Testament stories? Yes. The Old Testament. The home of much that is odd and dangerous and deadly... is also the testimony of Grace? Yes. Supremely rich grace, and a God who gives it so gladly. "God's rock-solid promise to redeem His wayward children and to be in relationship with His people- to love us, forgive us, and enjoy us, cannot be thwarted by wickedness. God will relate with us. God will bring His people back to Eden." ~Preston Sprinkle So, if you let God throw you into the ocean of His love, expect a shocking wave of Charis to come down on your head. And it will terrify you and clean you and make you new all at once. Thank you David C Cook for my review copy