Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

by Max Lucado
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Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado


We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.

But bestselling author Max Lucado says we’ve settled for a wimpy grace, a goldfish grace that sits in a bowl on the shelf and never causes trouble or demands a response.

Now available as a trade paperback, Lucado's bestselling book reminds readers that there’s more to grace than we’ve ever imagined. In this cornerstone message of Lucado's ministry, he challenges readers to not only receive grace but also to be changed by grace. Shaped by grace. Strengthened by grace. Emboldened by grace. Softened by grace. Snatched by the nape of their neck and shaken to their senses by grace.

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ISBN-13: 9780849949869
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 86,202
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

With more than 130 million products in print, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.

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Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Max Lucado read. It is written simply and gets to the heart of the matter with ease. The references regarding his personal experience remind me that if I allow it, grace is a part of my everyday living. I picked the book because I needed a large dose of grace. Thank you, Max, for taking the time to write about the subject - it invited me to notice grace in everything, everywhere. When I look for it, God’s grace, and human grace is easy to see - thank you for reminding me to allow grace into my life.
Steven_Ruff More than 1 year ago
Grace is one of those things that we want, but don’t fully understand. It is one of those things that we want shown to us, but fail to return to others. Grace is a verb as much as it is a noun. It is as much something we do as it is something possess. Grace stoops. Grace saves. Grace rescues. Grace loves. Grace forgives. Graces restores. Grace is more than words spoken over a meal, it is the provision of the meal itself. In Max Lucado’s new book Grace; More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine he paints a beautiful picture of a gift that can only descend from heaven. Lucado, in a style that is his alone, shows us how real, alive, life-changing, and powerful grace is when spilled over the life of an individual. This is arguably Lucado’s greatest work to date. He writes in a very simple tone, rhythm, and cadence. Within this simplicity, much truth and theology is packed. In each of the eleven chapters, Lucado weaves together the biblical account of those touched by the grace of God with personal experiences and real-life stories. Some of those touched by grace are the woman caught in the act of adultery, Zacchaeus, and Naomi and Ruth. Brilliantly, Max Lucado included, alongside these biblical story lines, the real-life stories of Brazilian garbage pickers, orphaned pioneer children, and the surreal scene of an airline terminal to illustrate the mystery that is the grace of God. This is a great that I highly recommend. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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.”
amberrdh More than 1 year ago
*I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review.* Title: Grace Author: Max Lucado The back cover of Grace by Max Lucado reads, “Have we settled for wimpy grace?” Then it states, “Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped…? Strengthened…? Emboldened…? Softened…? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?” I had great hopes for this book. I had hoped that Pastor Lucado would truly explore the life-changing, sanctifying power of God’s grace. I had hoped that this book would tell of the grace that goes beyond the wimpy grace that doesn’t threaten the way we currently live our lives and instead call us to repentance and challenge us to live obedient and holy lives because of what God has done for us. Had that been the only thing I had begun this book hoping for, I would have been greatly disappointed. I also opened this book hoping for an easy read, good stories, and viewing bible stories in a new, fresh light. Those hopes were not disappointed. For the first time, I saw that the story of the release of Barabbas by Pontius Pilate, well, really the Jews, was not just a release, but rather an exchange. Never before had I viewed that part of the story in light of my own salvation. I am Barabbas… the guilty one. Like Barabbas I have received the pardon I did not deserve while Jesus bore the punishment of death that I fully deserved. (Chapter 3) I saw that the story of Ruth is the story of a God who offers grace though He is under no obligation to. I saw that in the story of Ruth is the story of a God who saves us even when we are in the depths of our sin. (Chapter 6) Lucado, in chapter 10, assures us of our worth, not because of who we are, but because God has chosen us to be His children. “Rather than conjure up reasons to feel good about yourself, trust God’s verdict. If God loves you, you must be worth loving. If he wants to have you in his kingdom, then you must be worth having. God’s grace invites you – no, requires you – to change your attitude about yourself and take sides with God against your feelings of rejection.” While the book disappointed many of my hopes, it also offered some positives things to me as well.
bhueb More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado throws no punches and hits the nail on the head in the greatest gift of Grace. Excellent read. Max always pleases.
pambhm More than 1 year ago
Grace… Such a big word to only be 5 little letters. It’s a subject that even a child can understand, but we never fully grasp the full meaning. Max Lucado does a great job, as usual, of crafting the narrative to keep the reader involved and intrigued. He suggests that grace is available to all – and needed by all.  Yet it is only effective to the extent that we allow it in our lives. The book itself is well-written and easy to read. It has resources that easily lend it to a study or discussion group. It could also be used as a devotional book – and is well-suited to be a gift book. Here are some questions posed – and answered – in this book about grace: Do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? Do you believe in grace? Have you been changed by grace? Are you softened by grace? Has grace snatched you by your neck and shaken you to your senses? The book is fleshed out with the author’s personal stories about grace, along with the stories of others. It accomplishes it’s purpose as we meditate and reflect on grace – how it affects us personally and the effect of grace in the lives of others.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
There are countless theological and apologetic book on the topic of Grace available in Christian bookstores everywhere. Max Lucado's book, Grace, simplifies and explains the thological concept of Gr4ace. An over used word in prayers, hymns and books, "grace" has become somewhat of a cliche that has lost its true meaning in the minds of most readers. Lucado disects and devotes an entire book to the meaning of grace and how it applies in our everyday lives. Max Lucado's writings are among the most uplifting books that I have recently read. This book specifically helps those who are enduring really difcult times, to endure and persevere. The author address real issues- job loss, terminal illness, grief and loss and even everday daily stresses. This book is designed to help any reader- from those who are suffering from extreme circumstances and those crushed and frustrated from the burdens of everyday life. This book offers real help! If you are bellyaching because you burned your husband's dinner, or the grass stain won't come out of the soccer uniform, or if missed an apointment for your pedicure, or your favorite coach bag sold out before you reached the mall, then this book isn't for you. What you need is a fluffy, superficial, condescending, feel- good, women's devotional book. But, if you truly suffer from life's heartaches, and are searching for true meaning and not just mindless songs or cliches, then this book will offer the comfort you need. In true Lucado fashion, Max writes in an animated, easy to understand style that communicates biblical truths to the reader. His books bring bible stories and biblical truth to life in an inspirational way that speaks out to the reader. "Catch God in a bad mood? Won't happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he's given up on you?" ..... Lucado's use of colorful language and his conversational tone, make it so that biblical truths are memorable and meaningful to the average modern reader. You need not be a theologen, educated in an expensive seminary or college to understand Max Lucado's books. This inspirational book will be certain to leave the reader with a lasting impression. In today's self centered society, without offense Max Lucado illustrates the importance of living life based on biblical principles. After reading this book, and really meditating on the biblical truths communicated via Max Lucado, one can feel a renewed sense of embpowerment to live a selfless life style. Max makes use of personal anecdotes as well as bible stories to illiustrate the importance of depending on God rather than on the material things of this world. If you are a theologen, looking for an apologetic defense on the purpose of depending on God then this book isn't for you. This is not a wordy theological book on Grace- there are plenty of works like that. But, if on the other hand you are simply looking for bible based motivation and a relief in a world that takes pride in materialism, selfish ambition and competition, then this book is perfect. This book shows the biblical and personal significance of grace. It brings true meaning to God's gift of undeserved grace in everday simple language. As a blogger for booksneeze, I receive books from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for writing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More than we deserve, Greater than we imagine. Recommendations from authors such as Randy Alcorn, Cal Thomas, Stephen Arterburn and John Ortberg I had high expectations for this book. I was not disappointed. God's grace is such a huge part of the Bible, but is often misunderstood and downplayed by Christians. In this Scripture based book, Max goes into great detail concerning the grace of God. Most of us don't understand God's grace. We will never exhaust His supply of grace, and He will never run out. In the chapter titled "Heaven: Guaranteed" which opens up "Trust God's hold on you, more than your hold on God." he tackles the issue of external security. He uses the analogy of someone holding a boarding pass for a flight in contrast with someone who is on stand-by. In a particularly honest chapter titled "Coming clean with God" he reveals his struggle with alcoholism, his need for confession and restoration. Using this example he reminds us all of our need for confession and acceptance. Max Lucado has written so many books over the years, and keeps coming out with better ones all the time. Often when an author is this popular, the subjects get watered down. Not the case this time, "Grace" is another great book. I have received this book at no cost from the publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone reaches a point in their life when grace will need to be given and received. This book is filled with amazing, inspirational stories for all readers. I loved every page
happyasalark More than 1 year ago
Our Bible group is using this book along with his participants guide and DVD. It is scripture based and good for discussion
FollowingThePath More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado's Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, is a book for Christians who seek to further understand what it means to experience God's grace in their lives as well as for non-Christians who do not yet understand how God has blessed us and saved us. I have read quite a few of Max Lucado's books, but this one is by far my favorite. In his best-selling style, Lucado provides many examples of God's grace. He talks about how grace was shown in the Bible, in many examples of Old and New Testament scripture. He illustrates how these examples can apply to our own lives and how they have applied to the lives of people he knows or people in history. All of these examples serve to further illustrate something that is often hard for us to understand. Even though we are fallible, sinful, human beings, God has given us His Grace. He loves us so much, that He DIED for us. That is the grace he bestows upon each and every one of us. So if you are ever thinking that God does not show His grace in your life, read this book and remember - God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son!
smithk_poet More than 1 year ago
Touching, Heartfelt, and Encouraging In reviewing this book titled: “Grace”, it was touching and encouraging; it gives us a different respect and gratitude for grace. The book was wonderfully written in details and amazing stories in references to the grace. I felt a refreshing moment while reading this book. Max Lucado did a splendid job on this book, not by knowledge only, but by experience this book is organized from; to experience God’s grace is an opportunity no one should want to miss. It touches the very heart and soul of a person to want to bless others. We have been given more grace than we deserve and this book brings that particular part out in the open. Grace takes part in Spiritual maturity; we give grace more and more as we improve ourselves through the Holy Word. Grace gives us room to display our spiritual potential and God’s love through us, not for us but for God’s glory. Grace convicts us to stand correct when we have done wrong. Grace shapes us into a God-server and not a self-server. Thank You Father for your unfailing and everlasting grace that You give us daily. This book is truly a blessing and I am glad to recommend this book to all who will read it. 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.”
BillDi More than 1 year ago
Lucado once again presents a wonderful case the that God's Grace surrounds us everyday. Reading this strengthens my faith and trust in the Lord.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SEPTEMBER FOURTEENTH 2015 <p> Well... *yawn* I am in english class, so shh... i am too bored to read what the teacher is wishing us to...<p> "kids put books away, and answer the questions on this sheet!!"<p> &#10047 &#10047 &#10047 <p> Hey. My broken clock says it is 7:38 p.m. but we have not ate dinner yet. Waiy, BROKEN CLOCK?? Phew. Looks like we will have dinner after all. <p> Let me fill you in on what happened. Well, we had sports directly after english, and diary , you really should have gone there!! I mean , i really should have took you there!! We had a 200 meter race, and i won!! I mean I am a &female and yet I beat more than all the &male s in our year group!! If you do not know which is female and which is male, HOW WILL YOU GO TO TOILETS WITH THOSE LABELS??? Just a notice: if really you do not know, you are lucky. Toilets today are labeled with stickmen and stickwomen. <p> Ok diary. Tell me your day but I know you were just stuck in my backpack. So.. I will tell a joke: <p> A husband told his wife he thought she was ABCDEFGHIJK! The wife asked what he meant and he replied,"A is adorable .B is beautiful. C is cute. D is darling. E is entrancing. F is fun. G is great. H is homely. " The wife asked what IJK is andthe husband said "I"m just kidding!" <p> done. That was the joke. Now diary, I shall leave you to laugh if you only laugh on your own.<p> That is all for today. First part at story res one, and next part next res. If you wish to comment, do so here. If you will like an answer, tell me a place where I could post it. By: Abigail&#12485 thanks for reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&#9617I finally got Chapter Two!! Kudos!!!! I would've had this up sooner but I three unfortunate encounters with the back button. Anyway, to post a character application, join the demigod rp at ethics res one & post your bio in res three. Enjoy the story!!&#9671<p><p>&#9620One Week Later&#9620Grace sighed, staring at the immense finery around-& on-her. She'd been Queen Milra for four days now & she still didn't quite have this whole queen thing down yet. At least she had the valid excuse of being a peasant girl before this. She smiled, remembering the day she first met Kar & discovered she was the true queen.<p>&#9620Flasback&#9620<p>Grace was weeding the small garden behind her "family's" small cottage when she heard the jingle of a harness. Turning around she saw a young man who looked her age sitting astride a majestic gray horse. "Can I help you?" She asked, unsure why someone so well-dressed would even come near the peasant lands. "Are you Grace Morreer?" He asked, seeming to ignore her question. "Yes, I am." She replied, puzzled. He immediately dismounted & bowed low. "Then I have found you at last, my Queen." "What?" She asked incredulously. "Grace!!" A female voice screeched. It was Mendur, her "mom." "Grace, you worthless good-for-nothing, get your hide in here now before I tan you good!!" "You had better go. Or at least hide. They aren't as watchful at night." She told the young man before running into the dilapidated cottage. Not easily deterred, the young man hid where he had a good view of the cottage. Not long after Grace ran in, he heard raised voices. The voices, both female, steadily rose until both were practically screaming. Then the voices suddenly stopped & the cottage door flew open. Out stalked Mendur with a coil of rope over her shoulder, dragging Grace out by the ear & taking her over to an apple tree. She broke off a bare, slender branch & tied a struggling Grace to the tree, then proceeded to lash Grace soundly from head to toe. When Mendur was finished, Grace had passed out from the intense pain. Mendur coldly untied Grace from the tree & walked into the cottage, locking the door behind her. Horrified yet cautious, the young man waited until the lights in the house were off & then tiptoed over to the apple tree. He picked up the still-unconcious Grace & carried her to his horse. Hoisting her into the saddle, he mounted & led his horse away quietly untill they were out of the cottage's earshot. Then he urged Asalf, his horse, into a full gallop & hoped he could make it to his camp before dawn. If he didn't, Grace would be found & trapped in that cottage forever. He felt something stir inside him whenever he looked at her or spoke her name in his mind. He had felt this feeling before, though not as strongly, & knew that he was in love. Finally, two hours before dawn, he arrived at his camp. He carried Grace into his tent, unsaddled Asalf & laid down in his tent, his body positioned protectively in front of Grace's still form. Sleep overtook him quickly.<p><p>&#9617Okay, I hope you like this short but informative chapter. Untill next time, farewell.<p>&#9825Mia&#9825
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes when we're busy trying to be perfect, and then beating ourselves up when we're not - we forget about grace. This book beautifully reminds us of the power of God's grace. What a blessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Lucado. This one means so much to me. I'll read it over and over and continue to gain truths.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every chapter is worth reading. The message is like ointment for the hurting heart. It helps you to experience God's love on a deeper level. I want to read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it was a great complement to the bible on Grace. It gave old examples but truly the great ones were mondern day examples of Gods Grace to different people in different circumstances.
SueAnne More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, thought provoking, grace is extended to everyone not just the unsaved. Our hope for when everything has gone wrong.
Annette_Pickard More than 1 year ago
A wonderful affirmation and clarification of the amazing grace of our God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago