From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel

From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel

by Christine Hoover

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ISBN-13: 9781441222404
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,046,744
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of The Church Planting Wife. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at, she enjoys encouraging ministry wives and helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.
Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of From Good to Grace, Messy Beautiful Friendship, and The Church Planting Wife. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at, she enjoys helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Good, Bye

1 Obsessed with Goodness 11

2 The Most Important Things 29

3 You Can't Go Back Again 43

Part 2 From Good to Grace: Receiving

4 Receiving His Love 69

5 Receiving His Help 89

6 Receiving His Freedom 111

Part 3 From Good to Grace: Responding

7 Love Shows 133

8 Giving Grace 153

9 We Hope 177

Conclusion: We Will Live in Grace 199

Acknowledgments 205

Discussion Guide 207

Notes 215

An Invitation 219

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From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Good to Grace was just what I needed to read at this time. As a new mother and a fairly new pastor's wife I could relate to Christine's feelings about wanting to be "good" at these roles in particular. As I was reading her words it often felt like they were coming straight from my own heart! This book is not just for mothers or pastor's wives, but for anybody who struggles with the desire to be good while falling into feelings of comparison and failure. Christine's personal stories and the Scriptures she included helped turn my focus from my own goodness, to a God who will turn our meager offerings into a miracle. 
Becky_M More than 1 year ago
I loved Christine Hoover's book The Church Planting Wife SO much and this book certainly didn't disappoint.  I read it with pen in hand and feel like I underlined more than I didn't!  I don't always enjoy books that are written for women, because the authors can be so cheesy as they attempt to relate to "every-woman."  That is not the case here.  Hoover is one of us...struggling with the same struggles and wanting the same things.  Her style is warm, heart-felt, and intelligent while remaining accessible.  But, most importantly, because I felt like she so understood where I was coming from, the way she applied Gospel truths to everyday life left me feeling encouraged and energized.   I can't wait to give copies of From Good to Grace to my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gracious, this book!  It was exactly what I needed, right when I needed it.  It has painted such a clear picture for me as someone who strives to do much “good”, but always feels like I’m falling short.  As I read it, I felt such a heavy burden lifted from my shoulders, as I was reminded what my purpose is and where to focus my eyes on the true prize.  I highly recommend this one ladies (and gents!), especially for anyone who feels there’s no way to do it all.  What a blessing this book has been!
ErinM0715 More than 1 year ago
From Good to Grace is saturated with truth, and the gospel fills every page. Christine cuts to the heart of the goodness gospel, a false gospel that too many of us believe and live by, sometimes without even realizing it. Too many of us believe that we are not doing enough, that we are not enough, and that we can live life in our own strength. Not only does that become exhausting, it is also an enslaving idea, devoid of God's abundant grace. Christine shares from her own personal struggles and offers words of hope for the freedom she has found in discovering and pursuing God's grace. She uncovers the lies of a goodness {or works-based} gospel, cutting the the heart of false idols, people-pleasing, the desire for "control," and even things like the "mommy wars."  If you have ever struggled with wanting to be "good" and {falsely} believing that being good is what being a Christian is about, or if you just have a hard time just receiving God's love and grace {and maybe extending it to others}, then this book is for you.
ECravillion More than 1 year ago
Do you keep wondering if you're doing a "good enough" job? Then this book is for you. So thankful for this book. Christine takes familiar theology about God's grace, sanctification, and the Holy Spirit's work and teaches how they actually apply to daily life. This isn't another theoretical spiritual book - this is about changing our thinking and believing the truth about who we are in Christ. It's amazing to feel like someone relates to you in your struggle to be "good" and then to realize you can quit trying so hard. "His free grace is received only when we give ourselves up to death, including the death of trying to be good on our own." Yes, please! Answers for a heart tired of living the legalistic life.
katieking More than 1 year ago
Reading From Good to Grace was like sitting down with a wise friend who could identify my deepest struggles and speak life-giving grace over them, always pointing me to God. I read each chapter quickly, never wanting to put the book down. I look forward to reading it again, slowly this time, dwelling on the sweet truth of the gospel flowing from each page. I imagine that women everywhere will identify with the struggle of following the “goodness gospel” while really desiring to live the true gospel. This book provides sweet encouragement for stepping away from the goodness gospel and into the overflowing grace of God. 
Danny_G More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Am I a good...(fill in the blank)? It is a question that many will ask themselves over time. Christine Hoover has and she found out that God is not concerned with how "good" she is but rather how much He loves her and how much she extends His love to others. In From Good to Grace, Hoover tells the story of her journey of how she let go of "goodness" mentality and embrace the abundant life that God offers.
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
I remember so clearly the early days of each of my babies.  Baby #1. I had high hopes. Not just for them but more so for me. I'm gonna be a good mom and do all the things good moms do. I had a list. Then came baby number two and dressed in tears I spoke a new promise ... "I'm gonna do better this time. I'm gonna try to get it right with this baby." Then came baby number three. The words were there, underneath a suffocating cloak of shame. I was too burdened to speak them out loud because I had failed. Not once but twice. Dare I try again? Wow! If only I knew better back then what God is teaching me now. He never wanted good. He wanted surrendered. He wanted me ... covered in His grace. He doesn't want me to try so much and so hard.  Christine Hoover's new book From Good to Grace is an exceptional book on exactly that. God never asked for us to be good enough. We can't. We won't ever be. And wishing for it only destroys His true purpose for us. He only wants us ... dripping in His grace. Do you struggle with wanting to do better? Wishing for more energy so you could accomplish more? Praying for a second chance so this time you could get it right? Stop right there. You are living in what Christine describes as the "Goodness Gospel". That was never where God wanted you to be. Striving for that Gold Star or that pat on the back. That sweet "You did great" smile. Do enough. Be enough.  Stop.  That is not the gospel of our Lord and Savior. Christine reminds us, "we aren't enough, but God has made us enough by his grace."  In a wonderfully enchanting manner, Christine uses examples from her own life as a mother, pastor's wife and child of God to impart to us the importance of recognizing the false gospel in our lives. She dives into scripture with the reader to point out the areas that we "try" when we should just lean in instead. A definite keeper. I recommend this book for any women, young or old, as an individual or a group study (discussion guide included). Even if you don't see yourself in the description of the book, you probably know a woman who does.  Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
John Piper shares a story of his experience at a sky-scraper construction site in Minneapolis. The foundation was in place and he gazed, astonished, into the depths of the hole — four, five, six stories down into the soil of middle America, ensuring a sturdy foundation. His application from this experience was that a deep foundation is needed to support a lofty truth. Deep into the fertile soil of Scripture, Christine Hoover has dug, laying the foundation for the lofty truth of a grace-oriented gospel in From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel. She trumpets the life-changing pronouncement that God loves and saves, not because of what we do or contribute or accomplish, but because of what He did through Christ on the cross. This mystery changed the foundation of her own theology from moralism and legalism to dependence upon “the righteousness which comes from God by faith.” She writes of her years devoted to the “goodness gospel,” whose foundation is performance. Everything from extending hospitality in the home to personal devotions and service in the church are evaluated according to “results” — the response of others, the sense of “accomplishment” they produce. Adherents to the goodness gospel must be “good enough” to win the approval of others and the heart of God. The truth is that the goodness we seek in our daily lives is a work of God the Holy Spirit. This turns the goodness gospel on its head because a life of following the Spirit’s leading may not add up to measurable results and impressive resume material. Christine helps us to see that “the reason we obey is to please the God who loves us. The results are up to Him; they’re His concern, not ours.” I was reminded over and over again that my obedience is a result of my relationship with God, not a qualification for earning His approval. The scriptural basis for From Good to Grace has been tested in the crucible of a church-planting ministry in which Christine and her husband are in the process of “birthing” a fellowship of believers — everything starts from the ground up. Chapter by chapter, Christine’s growing understanding of grace provides the backdrop for rich scriptural messages of hope which are supported by a helpful discussion guide at the end of the book. The message is that the work of ministry is God’s, and just as our children are “ours” only in the sense that we steward them for God, we must accept the spiritual reality that life-transformation, salvation and spiritual growth are actually God’s territory. By grace, we kick ourselves out of the center of the universe and receive the job description that goes with true grace-oriented ministry: faithfulness and obedience. Letting go of the goodness gospel can be summarized with two verbs that form the structure of Christine’s thesis: 1.Receive: It is God’s demonstrative, ultimate, and heroic love that mends. That is, it reconciles us to God and then opens the door of my heart to receiving God’s help through His Spirit and to embracing the true freedom that releases the believer from slavery to roles or the opinions of others, to the death-sentence of comparison/competition, and from the grip of paralyzing fear. 2.Respond: Eight little words light the fuse that blows up the goodness gospel once and for all: “We love Him because He first loved us.” We are the loved. When we believe that, everything in life becomes a response to His love, and it shows up, most amazingly, in our love for others. Suddenly, service is not a burdensome checklist, but a joyous offering. Our weaknesses and failures are even available for God to use, a risk unheard of under the goodness gospel, but a manifestation of God’s grace and power when offered up in response to His great love. The stream of living water that runs through the true gospel of grace is receive, respond, repeat. Because God is not in the business of daily performance evaluations, we are free to treasure what God treasures most: faith. By faith we receive what’s been given in Christ, and we respond in worship, love, and joyful service. This book was provided by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.