God never wastes anythingour strengths, our successes, or our mistakes. In this collection of true stories, Kurt Bubna, a self-confessed “recovering idiot,” chronicles his own honest, heartfelt, and often hilarious missteps along the path to grace. You’ll discover what it means to experience the unconditional love of God, regardless of how often you stumble, and you’ll gain a fresh view of how to find God’s purpose for your life. Learn from Kurt’s trials and triumphs that God is indeed the God of second chancesand His epic grace can transform even the most imperfect life into something priceless.
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CHRONICLES OF A RECOVERING IDIOT
By KURT W. BUBNA
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2013 Kurt W. Bubna
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THE LAST TWO MILES
I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!
Job 1:21, NLT
SOMETIMES LIFE IS HARD. I don't mean "having a bad hair day" hard. I mean the kind of hard that knocks you down and kicks you in the teeth without any mercy. Though I've had plenty of high points in my life, I've discovered that life's most valuable and lasting lessons are often learned in the dark valleys of defeat and despair. Believe me, I wish it were not so.
I'll be honest: Perseverance is not one of my favorite words. Nobody likes to hear, "Suck it up, Buttercup." To persevere means to carry on, regardless of hardship. It's like the ant I once saw carrying a captured Frito five times its size from under a picnic table to its nest. Perseverance means you just keep going, no matter how hard or how big the challenge.
Unfortunately, we can't talk about perseverance without coming face-to-face with suffering. And who likes to suffer? There are so many different types of suffering. There is emotional and psychological suffering, like being verbally abused by your spouse. There is spiritual suffering, like what you experience when you're tempted to do something really bad or when you're persecuted for your faith. And there is physical suffering, such as when you struggle with a disability or an illness. All suffering brings some kind of pain.
Before we go any further, let me address something you might already be wondering: "What do suffering and perseverance have to do with grace?"
The short answer? Everything.
Typically, when we hear the word grace, we immediately connect it to sin. "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me...." And that's good, because—without question—we all need the kind of grace that covers all our sin. But we also need God's grace to sustain us in the midst of our struggles. In fact, much of the grace we experience happens in the context of suffering.
God's gentle grace comforts us when we are deeply wounded.
His larger-than-life grace covers us when we are wrestling with hardship.
His empowering grace helps us to stay the course when the going gets tough.
And God's epic grace shows us how to rise above our pain and circumstances with enduring hope and faith in him.
So what does God tell us to do in the midst of suffering? He urges us to persevere—which is only possible by his grace. Look at these rather challenging Scripture verses:
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 TIMOTHY 2:3
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. HEBREWS 10:36
If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 1 PETER 2:20
Endure. Stick with it. Hang in there. Persevere. I'd really rather not, thank you. I'd much rather quit. I'd rather complain like a cranky baby with a dirty diaper. I'd rather blame somebody—anybody—else. Sometimes, I would rather just take a nap or numb my pain through excessive amounts of TV or violent movies; but God says that enduring hardship and suffering is commendable.
So let me say it again: To survive and even thrive in the midst of our suffering takes grace—often in epic proportions.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the account of Job. Job had it all—a great family, a great job, and a great home. Then one day he found himself with a great loss. In fact, he lost everything except his complaining wife. I encourage you to read the full story of Job in the Old Testament, but for now let's focus on the tidal wave of suffering and loss that hit him on one horrible, unbelievably bad day:
One day ... a messenger arrived at Job's home with this news: "Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: "The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: "Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: "Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother's home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. JOB 1:13-20, NLT (EMPHASIS ADDED)
What? He fell to the ground to worship? Am I the only one who's thinking that worship is probably the last thing I would have on my mind at a time like this? Grief ... anguish ... suffering, yes. But worship? This can't be right. Job was a righteous man. He was a good guy who lived a good life without any cause for this kind of trouble, but trouble came calling nonetheless. And it didn't stop there.
In the next chapter of Job's story, God allows Satan to attack Job's health with a terrible case of boils from head to foot. Then three of Job's friends show up and add insult to injury by implying that Job's problems are a result of his sin.
What absolutely amazes me about this man is that he never blamed God. Instead, he said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!" (Job 1:21, NLT). Later, he added, "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him" (Job 13:15). In other words, even if this struggle—or God himself—kills me, I still choose to trust in him.
I don't know about you, but I think I would blame God. And yet somehow, Job kept going. He persevered. And not only did he keep moving forward, he found it in his heart to worship. Somewhere along the way in his lifelong journey, Job figured out that persevering through life's struggles is better than quitting—and cursing God in the process. That's grace.
A Taste of Job's Sorrow
I wish I could tell you that I have no idea how Job must have felt. I really wish I could, but I can't. I know the agony and grief that pierces the soul and plunges it into a deep and dark emotional fog. I know how heartbroken Job was over the loss of his precious children.
On Saturday, March 15, 2008, my wife and I found out that our daughter-in-law was in premature labor—just seven months along—and that an ultrasound had indicated complications with the baby. We quickly packed, jumped in the truck, and drove as fast as we could from Spokane to Portland, where our kids live. It was dark and raining most of the way. Laura and I talked very little during those five hours. We simply prayed. A lot.
About an hour outside of Portland, the cell phone rang. It was my son, Nathan. He could barely speak as he told us through his tears that his newborn son, Phineas, was gone. The little guy had survived the delivery, and he was beautiful; but due to complications beyond anyone's control, and because his lungs were underdeveloped, he lived for only about an hour.
Laura and I pulled off the highway and just wept, more deeply than we had ever wept before. I wept for my son and his dear wife. I wept for Laura and myself. I wept for Phineas. I had never known that kind of pain before. It was like a Mack truck was crushing my chest and I couldn't breathe. It was unbearable.
When we walked into the hospital room, Nathan was holding his lifeless son, and the pain in his eyes broke my heart anew. At that moment, I would have done anything to change what had happened. Without hesitation, I would have exchanged my own life for that of Phineas, if only I could have. I grabbed my son, and for one brief moment father, son, and grandson embraced.
I kept thinking, This isn't the way it's supposed to be. This isn't right. God, how could this be happening? No grandfather should outlive his grandson.
For a long time, I agonized over this tragic loss to our family. God and I had some very long talks through tidal waves of tears. By God's grace, our family survived, but it took a while for me to come to the place where I could fall on my face and worship.
In the weeks that followed Phineas's death, I learned that God can handle my pain and anger. He drew me very close and held me tight, even when I was furious with him and confused. The depths of his grace sustained and carried me when all I wanted to do was crawl into a deep hole and hide.
I discovered that he really is "the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3). He knows how hard it is to lose a Son, so he knows how best to encourage us through the agony of death and loss.
During this season, I also experienced the power of true friendship. Many dear friends stood by us during those dark days. Unlike Job's friends, who offered little more than spiritual platitudes, our friends embraced us with a love that said, We're going to stick with you, no matter what.
I also rediscovered the power of fixing my eyes on Jesus in the midst of great struggle. What I can never do, he has already done. What is impossible for me in my own strength and wisdom is HIMpossible through God's grace.
Years before the loss of my grandson, Nathan and a friend had joined me at mile twenty-two in my first marathon. I had hit the wall and was ready to quit. My mind and body were screaming at me to give it up and call it a day. Nathan could see the defeat in my face. He knew his dad pretty well.
What he did next will forever stand as one of the greatest father-son moments in my life. He said, "Dad, you can finish; just fix your eyes on me and we'll get through this together."
Before I could even respond—and a few choice words did come to mind—Nathan pulled right in front of me and paced me to the end. I don't even remember that last couple of miles, but I do remember locking my eyes on Nathan's feet and literally taking it one step at a time.
When we want to quit and everything in us is D-O-N-E, fixing our eyes on the "author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2, NKJV) will get us to the finish line. We are not running alone.
Margaret, My Hero!
I have a friend named Margaret. We actually haven't been in contact for many years, but I still consider her my friend and I will never forget her. Margaret has cerebral palsy, and she has suffered more than any other person I've ever known.
Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle for Margaret. Getting dressed is hard. Brushing her teeth is difficult. She needs help getting into her wheelchair. She needs help in the bathroom. Getting food from the plate to her mouth is an unbelievable battle. She is extremely bright and has amazing insights into life, but talking is hard too. And at the end of the day, she needs help getting ready for bed and getting into bed—only to start the whole struggle over the next morning. Over the course of my life, I've gone through my share of struggles—both miniscule and mammoth. But I have never been through as much as Margaret goes through every day of her life. I thought the last two miles of a marathon were tough, but they are nothing compared to her struggles.
Margaret will never be famous. Her pool of friends is actually quite small. She will never win any athletic awards or trophies. Nevertheless, to me she is a hero. She is, without a doubt, one of the greatest and bravest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
We were part of the same church for several years when I was younger. She always sat in the back left-hand side of the auditorium in her wheelchair.
One day I came in late, as the congregation was singing the old chorus that goes, "I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you, O my soul, rejoice!" and here's what I saw—it is an image burned into my soul for all eternity: Margaret was in her usual spot, but she had her crippled and shaking hands as high in the air as she could lift them. She had a stream of saliva flowing from her lips (which was a normal part of her condition) and tears pouring down her face, which bore a crooked smile. Her eyes were closed, and she was singing with all her heart.
Everything Margaret tried to do was a struggle. But she knew how to persevere, and nothing was going to get in the way of her love for God. Nothing was going to keep her from giving him everything she had.
As I stood in the back and watched her, I wept. In fact, even now, just thinking about it, tears are coming to my eyes. I was amazed by her magnificence. No model on a runway could ever compare with her beauty. No queen on earth could ever measure up to her grandeur. I was blown away by her love for God. I was humbled by her ability to press through all the physical issues as she worshiped. I was awestruck by this wheelchair-bound woman walking in the fullness of the grace of God.
After church one day, I stopped Margaret on her way out. I got down to eye level with her and said, "Margaret, how do you do it? How do you deal with what you deal with and keep on going?"
She smiled her crooked smile, looked me in the eye, and said (struggling with every word), "Every day is another day to show my Jesus how much I love him."
She didn't get bogged down in the struggle.
She didn't focus on the hardships.
She wouldn't allow herself to grovel in self-pity.
She refused to be defined by her loss.
Instead, she saw every day as another day to show her Jesus how much she loved him.
Now, for someone whose body more or less works the way it's supposed to, Margaret's response might seem unfathomable. But it's a perspective wrought on the anvil of a daily commitment to draw close—and stay close—to God. Margaret was well-acquainted with suffering, but more than that, she knew God's grace. She lived it, breathed it, and radiated it to everyone she encountered.
Joy, Patience, and Faith
There are many things I still don't understand. But I refuse to be one of those guys who says, "Just grin and bear it!" I've had enough times when I didn't want to grin and I really didn't want to bear it, because it hurt too much.
I struggle from time to time with the canned Christian clichés about "a greater purpose" and the sovereignty of God. I know God can bring good out of any evil, but when you're in the middle of the evil, the darkness can seem pretty overwhelming.
I know we live in a broken world with broken people, and we can't blame God for the consequences of evil or our sinful choices. I know what the Bible teaches about suffering, but my heart still aches with the all-too-often real downside of life on this planet.
Why did my grandson die?
Why didn't God answer my prayer the way I wanted it answered?
How could a good God let a good man like Job suffer so horribly?
Why was Margaret born with cerebral palsy?
Why is there so much suffering and despair in the world?
I don't know the answers to these questions. And this side of eternity, I may never know.
But here's what I do know; here's what I hold on to; here's what keeps me going and persevering: It is the simple truth from a children's song I learned in Sunday school a long time ago: Jesus loves me.
Maybe that sounds like a pat answer or just another Christian cliché, but let's go a little deeper: Who is this Jesus who loves me—and loves you? The Bible says he's "a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.... Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.... He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed" (Isaiah 53:3-5, NLT). This Jesus who loves you and me knows what it means to suffer—and he carries our sorrows. That's why we want to stay right on his heels and close to him; that's where we can know and experience his epic grace in a way that is beyond our ability to fully fathom.
Some time ago, my son and daughter-in-law took my granddaughter Adelle to the doctor for her very first set of immunization shots. She cried. It hurt. Mom and Dad cried. It hurt them to see her in pain. I cried just hearing the story. Our love for Adelle is so strong, so deep, and so compassionate that her pain caused us pain.
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Table of Contents
First of All .................... xix
1 The Last Two Miles.................... 1
2 Driven by Destiny.................... 13
3 Prone to Wander.................... 25
4 God's Algebra.................... 37
5 The Curse of Comparison.................... 47
6 All for a Roll in the Hay?.................... 57
7 Modern-Day Pharisees.................... 67
8 "Mommy, Why Does He Walk Funny?".................... 79
9 You Don't Want to Read about This.................... 89
10 This Little Piggy Went to Market.................... 97
11 Learning to Love a VDP.................... 107
12 What Those Romance Novels Don't Tell You.................... 115
13 Lost!.................... 125
14 Wild Hogs.................... 137
15 Lessons I Learned on a Scooter.................... 143
16 Caleb.................... 155
17 Dreams and Darkness and Demons! Oh My!.................... 165
18 Bushwhacked!.................... 173
19 The Problem with Expectations.................... 183
20 What's Love Got to Do with It?.................... 197
21 What I Didn't Tell You.................... 207
22 If I Should Wake Before I Die .................... 215
Discussion Guide.................... 227
About the Author.................... 239
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I thoroughly enjoy this book. I read it in two days. It was a fun, entertaining read. It was also a fresh look at the grace of God and what His grace really means. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
Who would of thought. Grace. The thing you hear about so often in church. It becomes a term in the christian book of linguistics and terms and a word we throw around so often it almost de-sensitizes us. But this book is a good reminder. Epic grace helps to turn it a real living, breathing, much-needed thing you simply can't go on with out. This book is magnificent. From the authors authentic honesty, and life story it becomes so relatable to your own life. This book is sincere and indeed a gift from God.
As one who tends to dance in grace (balanced with truth), it's easy to approach grace like a familiar routine. So familiar I go on autopilot. Kurt Bubna, in Epic Grace, gently shakes the reader. "No, no, remember the gift that grace is. Remember that there is no corner of your life that grace can't reach, that grace can't breathe life into." I still dance in grace, but after reading this, all the more fully!
“I hope by now you’ve figured out that I live with a strong conviction that life is filled with many opportunities to learn and grow along the way. What happens during our journey is meant to carve, mold and shape us into the men and women we are meant to be.” Kurt Bubna writes a great book to give encouragement to all. As he details his painful past he also points to the savior who forgives and uses events in our lives to shape us. But Mr. Bubna doesn’t just tell about difficult moments in his life, he also infuses the entire book with humor. I really enjoyed this book.
I loved Kurt's transparency as he shared from his own life lesson's learned about God's "Epic Grace". In fact, I've made another vocabulary decision after reading Kurt's book. I am only using the word "epic" to describe what God does, not what people do. Those kinds of decisions help me do what Kurt wants, to get our focus back on the magnificence and magnitude of God and all He does and gives us each and every day. And no topic is off limits to Kurt. He demonstrates God's "Epic Grace" using math (God's Algebra), cheesy romance novels (What Those Romance Novels Don't Tell You)--I found that to be a particularly good chaper. He also discusses Lessons I Learned On a Scooter, and Learning to Love a VDP--what is that, you ask? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out! No worries, though. Kurt writes with engaging language and his chapters are brief and to the point. I enjoyed getting to know Kurt W. Bubna and learning more about God's "Epic Grace" from him, and found him to be an excellent teacher. Oh, no...he's not perfect. That's just one more reason why I like him so much! My thanks to my friends at Tyndale House Publishers for my complimentary copy of "Epic Grace" in exchange for an honest review. I recommend you dive into God's "Epic Grace" and stay awhile. You'll be glad you did!
Other than an entertaining read, this book showed me the importance of being aware of God’s grace in my life. Many times, second chances, ‘chance’ happenings, etc., are overlooked or unnoticed. Examples of the Epic Grace God gives us is shown through Kurt Bubna’s book and his personal experiences, the Bible, and people he’s come in contact with. I like how the importance of encouraging one another is evident in Bubna’s message. There were places in the book where I began to lose interest, but Bubna’s humor drew me back in. Overall, this is an uplifting, encouraging book, and would make a great gift.
In Kurt Bubna's book, Epic Grace, the reader gets a wonderful reminder of just how epic and amazing grace really is. Bubna doesn't hold back. He's honest-telling parts of his story that show how much he's messed up and just how much God has redeemed his life. Some might think that a few details of the author's past could be removed from the overall story. Like I said, Bubna doesn't hold back. I even felt a bit uncomfortable at times with his candidness. But then I realized that he was just trying to emphasize just how much God's grace covers. That no one is too far gone from God's reach. Overall, this is a great book for believers to read as a reminder of God's grace and goodness despite our mistakes. I think it would also be a great read for those who may be struggling with faith in God. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Epic Grace is a must-read for anyone wishing to mine the depths of God's grace. The book is candid and straight-from-the-heart. Follow Kurt on his personal journey of discovering God's limitless grace through the re-telling of life events. I laughed and cried my way through the book and gained an even deeper appreciation of the amazing gift of God's grace. - Chris V.
Pastor Kurt Bubna shares his tales of being a self-confessed idiot, his mistakes in his past, as a husband, father, and pastor in hopes of helping others who are in need of God's grace. This book features a variety of stories from Bubna's past, some are funny, some are sad, but all are honest. What I liked the most about this book is that it is written by a pastor who shares his failures. Sometimes it feels like other people have it all together, especially pastors, and that they never struggle with bad choices or grave mistakes in their relationships. However, Bubna shares his mistakes and also his experiences with a God of second chances, which can inspire readers to accept God's grace and second chances in their own life. I know I have! This book is a perfect take-along to read if you have snippets of time here and there, because each chapter stands on its own. So you can read a chapter while waiting to pick up your kids, or at the doctors, or anywhere you have just a couple of minutes to spare and could use a little encouragement. I also liked the way this book touched a little bit on a wide variety of subjects, from marriage, relationships, abuse, to finances. It kept the book really interesting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt like they've failed or has been in need of grace. It would make a great Christmas gift for the reader in your family. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
With that subtitle, I had no idea what to expect from this book... God loves you, just because - this is Epic Grace in a nutshell. A practical, non-nonsense way of reminding us that God is always present and that we can actually come close to Him in every circumstance, only if we allow ourselves to follow His voice, rather than feed our independence - our idiocy - and fail over and over again. How often have we felt that we can do more that what we are currently doing? How many times have we been told that we have to behave in such way, complete all of these courses in church or even not shed tears at the loss of a loved one? Yes, all of these are expected "christian" responses to every-day life occurrences; however, responding differently and just being a tad human does not imply that we fall away from God - it's just the opposite. It is during these hardships and confusing learning periods that God talks to us and shows his magnificent grace towards us. Mr. Bubna reminds us that it is God's love and grace poured towards us in the most unexpected and difficult circumstances what shapes our characters and minds. It is also His grace that shows His patience with us and gives us the opportunity to stand up after falling, learn and overcome. He is the one that transforms trials into blessings and guides our steps back to Him when we are lost and overwhelmed by circumstances. It is all about God's epic grace opposing hopelessness and winning each time! And just in case you have been lectured and lectured time and time again about all your shortcomings, don't worry! Mr. Bubna is just like your next-door friend, with whom you can spend endless hours laughing about life and praising God for all the GRACE showering and even tempesting just to keep you in the path of hope. This is a profound, yet easy to read book - be prepared to take a deep plunge and savor life's ups and downs and stay afloat with the author's goofy and thought provoking experiences that will constantly remind you of the hope we can have in God! I received a complimentary copy of "Epic Grace" from Tyndale Book Publishers, in exchange of an honest review. This has not biases my opinion on the book or the author.
EPIC GRACE IS EPIC!! Kurt Bubna calls him self a “recovering idiot” and in his book Epic Grace, Chronicles Of A Recovering Idiot, he takes us on a hilarious, and at times tearful journey through his life to show us that no matter what we have done, how broken and how hopeless we may have become, and yes, how much of an idiot we can be at times, God’s grace is epic. Kurt uses his own life stories of being an idiot to teach us, and show us that God’s grace is always there for us. And that God never wastes anything—our strengths, our successes, or our mistakes. Kurt writes with humor and heartfelt honesty, that in its self is truly refreshing. As I read each of his stories of his sometimes idiotic behavior, I found myself realizing that I too have been an idiot at times. In fact for the first time in my life I looked at my wife and proclaimed that, “I am an idiot!”. I felt good proclaiming that, and I know that you may think that strange, but Kurt starts off this book with this; I CAN BE SUCH AN IDIOT. Really, by the most common definition of the word, I qualify, hands down. Most of what I’ve learned, I’ve learned the hard way. And I’ve made huge mistakes in just about every area of life. I’m not that smart. I’m not that polished. I’m not that deep, profound, poetic, or philosophical. Sometimes I feel completely inadequate and utterly overwhelmed. If that passage sounds familiar to you, if your sitting there right now saying to yourself, that sounds like me, than this book is for you and for anyone you may know that has struggled with idiotic behavior and has wondered, “Does God still love me?”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was thought provoking, fun to read, his stories are down to earth, real and honest. Kurt is not afraid to share from his heart, it makes you laugh, cry and mostly - just relate. He reminded me of God's EPIC grace in my own life and that I am to have that same epic grace for others. We all need to be reminded of this on a regular basis. I definitely recommend this book, it is a great read! Anita
This is a truly amazing book. I have laughed, cried & applauded. I have not only learned more about myself but also about God's Epic Grace. I have learned that no matter how many times I fall down or do something stupid , God will be there. It is my heartfelt prayer that every Christian & non-Christian alike will read this book so that they too will find that we have a mighty & awesome God who never stops loving us or showering us with His Epic Grace.
Transparent; Pertinent; Compelling; Emotional; Uplifting; Concise. And, if you want a good crying/laughing cycle while reading a book, give this one a try. Kurt Bubna has captured in his book a sense of what God wants to do in all our lives. “Epic Grace” is for everyone. Excerpts from one man’s life that lends credence to the line from a song by Neil Diamond “except for the names and a few other changes, the story’s the same one”. You will enjoy the read!!!
The authenticity of Kurt Bubna in this book is great. It gives weight to his assertion that God is with us and is determined to make good things happen in and through us because of who he is and not because of what we do. The message of God's Epic Grace is a breath of fresh air in our culture of "success" and all that entails. You will laugh, cry, and cheer.
Epic Grace is raw, real, and amazing. I laughed, cried and was blessed by Kurt Bubna's heart-felt and down-to-earth personal stories and life lessons about God's grace. This is a must read!!!
Epic Grace is a book that will grab your heart in the first chapter! You will laugh, cry and completely relate to Kurt Bubna's honest and real-life lessons! It's compelling, thought provoking and worth sharing with those you love!
There’s an old saying; Wise men learn by the mistakes of others, while a fool learns from his own. Fortunately for us, there's another old saying; Grace is getting what we don't deserve. Epic Grace is all about that… making those all-too-human mistakes, poor judgment calls (which looked great at the time…), and just doing the best we can as we stumble through life, focused only on the immediate. Kurt’s stories help us remember that we can all make foolish choices, but we can be wise and keep our perspective that we are absolutely blessed to be loved and given grace, no matter how badly we stumble. For those who know grace, this book will reinforce your perspective. For those yet to understand the grace that already exists in their lives, this book will be enlightening, if only you trust and open your heart that you, too, can experience grace in epic proportions, regardless of how foolish you've been.
Kurt Bubna has written a gift in the book Epic Grace. I read it in two sittings. It was one of those books where you lay in bed and tell yourself, "Okay. ONE MORE CHAPTER before I turn out the lights!" It's that good! I just didn't want to put it down. Pastor Kurt tells stories from his life that you can instantly relate to your own life. He is honest, humble, and wise. I have already put this book on my "Christmas gift" list for friends and family. I encourage you to do the same. You will be inspired, and your awareness of the immensity of God's love and grace in your life will be brought into sharp focus. Thank you, Kurt.
I love a good story. I don't often read non-fiction because when I read I want to get away from reality. Reading is my escape in life. However, I do recognize that to grow in life we need some realism, some non-fiction. That is when I turn to something helpful for my life such as my bible, or a well-written piece of history, or maybe something close to, but not quite a self-help guideline. You know those books that aren't classified as self-help, but they speak to you and make you think. Well, "Epic Grace" is one of those books that draws you in and makes you think. You will recognize yourself and maybe even think about others in your life and you will think, "maybe he knows me, this could be me he's talking about". Along the way you will be drawn into the life story of Kurt, and you will laugh and cry, and hopefully come out better for having read about his struggles in life. And maybe you will learn a little about God's Grace and a lot about how to avoid making mistakes in your life. One of the great things about this book, besides how personal it is, is that Kurt isn't afraid to touch on hard subjects and he handles them with love, compassion, and grace, just like God does. This book is definitely worth the time it takes to read. You will want to highlight and apply some of the wisdom you will find. Over-all, this is a good story. I hope you will get the strong message of grace that only God can provide. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did and along the way, I hope you find some of God's Epic Grace.
If you are looking for a practical down to earth book on grace this is a must read! If you want clear & simple stories about life and mistakes and where to go from there you will find the answers in Epic Grace.