Victim of Grace: When God's Goodness Prevails

Victim of Grace: When God's Goodness Prevails

by Robin Jones Gunn
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Victim of Grace: When God's Goodness Prevails by Robin Jones Gunn

Robin Jones Gunn reveals poignant truths from her life as well as from the lives of women in the Bible as she flips the notion that we are at the mercy of circumstances. She asks, what if God has dreams for you? What if he is accomplishing those dreams in the midst of shattered hopes?

When life doesn’t go as expected, it’s easy to feel like a victim. We look at the events that have gone wrong and view our lives as impaired. What if we could see our future as God sees it? Would our view radically change if we understood we are indeed victims rather than of happenstance?

God, the Relentless Lover, has vigorously sought you. He has instilled dreams in your heart that are grander than you can imagine. But the route to their fulfillment often is through a path you wouldn't seek.

What if God wants to take the hopes that tug at your heart and enliven them? Are you ready to live inside the mysterious joy of being a victim of grace?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310412670
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 372,829
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Over the past 25 years Robin has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. To her great delight, Robin’s books are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – they are traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same. Over the past ten years Robin has been invited to speak at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe and Australia. Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live in Hawaii where she continues to write and speak.  

 

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Victim of Grace: When God's Goodness Prevails 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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And I thought I enjoyed Robin's books after reading the Christy Miller Collection, The Sierra Jensen Collection and Christy And Todd The College Years! This book was fantastic! I'm usually not very fond of non-fiction books, but this is one that I'm glad to have on my shelves. I wish more people would write about how God got them through the storms of life instead of just getting to the "punch line". What an encouragement! I know that when trialing times come, this is one of the books that I will be re-visiting. I love the amount of scripture used in the making of this book. So many authors write things about God without showing where they got the idea in the first place, but not Robin! She has scripture to back up everything that she says. I'm extremely grateful for Robin's candidness in sharing her own troubles and trials throughout her life and how God pulled her through them. It seemed that with every personal story that she shared, she had a story of a biblical woman to go with it. I'll never think of some of the women of the Bible the same way. She gives such an insight into what they were going through and what these great women of the Bible could have been feeling in their own rough situations. This book also showed me just how blessed I really am. I read the term "Victim Of Grace" in one of Robin's novels a while back, and that phrase has come to mind often over the past couple of years. Whenever I feel like the "victim", I can remember that I am not a victim of my circumstances, but I AM a victim of grace. God's perfect, loving and unconditional grace. It's all about your outlook. I would definitely encourage anyone to read this book, especially teenage girls. Robin Jones Gunn has a way of wording things in a way that draws in a young reader. But even if you aren't a teenage girl, I guarantee that this book could encourage you if you just gave it a shot.
thesingleheart More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from Zondervan through the Booksneeze program for my review. I wish I could get a review book that I like. It seems rare, and "Victim of Grace" is no exception. It was "okay" at best, nothing profound or worth repeating.  "Victim" sends a negative message. Isn't grace a great, positive thing? Secondly, there are so many poorly emphasized Bible stories I felt that those not familiar with the Bible would be left wondering "So who is this Mordecai dude she's talking about?" Thirdly, Robin has this over enthusiastic, superficial attitude to her writing that reminds me a cheerleader. I have no problem with extroverted, enthusiastic people. But it is far too obvious and far too silly for my liking.  Another thing I disliked about Robin's writing in this book was the fact it was all in hindsight. She kept emphasizing the need to "look back" at the worst circumstances you've faced and then praise God for His grace. This is the overlying theme in all of the book. Yes, hindsight is 20/20 but you need to remember Christianity isn't about looking back. I didn't like this book. 
JodyJ More than 1 year ago
Robin Jones Gunn is a very talented author, I have read many of her books most of them being her YA books, and I loved each one of them. Therefore, this book was definitely very different from what I have read by her in the past. Victim of Grace is a very personal story of Robin’s life and her journey with the Lord. There is a lot of scripture and stories from the Bible, which relate to stories from her personal life. There is a study guide at the back of the book that would be wonderful for a bible study group at your church. Zondervan Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for my review.
HealthSpringWellness More than 1 year ago
Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn Ever feel like everything is going against you? Ever feel like maybe there is a purpose for that? Robin Jones Gunn makes this point admirably. Telling many stories from her own life and growth from a beginning writer to a bestseller, she weaves in God’s purpose and life lessons throughout. I absolutely loved this book. Since I am a writer myself, I could relate to and learn from a lot of what Robin went through in her career. Her dream as a young adult did not transpire the way she thought she wanted it to, but God directed her on the path He wanted and she was so blessed by that. I experience challenging times myself and often wonder what the purpose is for them. I found her examples very inspiring and faith building as she tells with transparency about her own struggles and how she handled them with faith and relying on God and other believers. God states in His Word “I will never leave you or forsake you” and Robin pours out refreshing proof of this. The part that most touched my heart was the story of her father’s last days and her connection with him. I recently lost my own father and had similar experiences. It’s always difficult to lose a loved one, but so heartwarming to think of them walking around with Jesus! This is a great book and I look forward to reading others by Robin Jones Gunn. 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.”
sarahsmithstorm2 More than 1 year ago
Recently, I was given an opportunity to review a book by my favorite author, Robin Jones Gunn. In her latest book "Victim of Grace", she talks about different times in her life where she has experienced some major "grace." I would have never known how the Christy Miller series began or how Robin has gone through some medical junk. I never realized the series of events that have led her to this places as a wonderful author. I can appreciate her authenticity and her willingness to share her heart. This book is brilliant and allows you to experience the goodness of God in Robins life. It allows you to reflect on your own journey to find his grace.
miriamjacob More than 1 year ago
In "Victim of Grace" Robin Jones Gunn candidly opens up her heart as she deftly interweaves the experiences of her life with scenes from binlical characters to tell a most compelling tale of God's amazing grace and goodness. When we are caught up in the dire and distressing circumstances of life, we are actually victims of God's grace and not victims of life's stormy vicissitudes. Robin's well-crafted stories unlock hidden places in our hearts and renews our souls in a fresh new way as she vividly portrays the dark valleys she has stumbled through to come out victoriously on the mountaintops of life. God's extravagant kindness and love is not limited to the Bible. He wants to anoint us as victims of grace. Here is the profound wisdom and amazing insight of a godly woman who walks intimately with her Lord. In a book that is clearly God-haunted, her unflinching and hopeful life story is filled with poignant heartache and rare beauty, honestly recounted on the pages of her life. It makes us want to "know Jesus more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow him more nearly, day by day." In every moment of each new day, Robin experiences the love of God fall afresh upon her in the most unexpected ways. His love flows in extraordinary abundance and she is totally powerless to stop Him. Even in the worst of situations, His goodness prevails. God is a relentless Lover and she is a victim of grace. "It's all grace. Grace upon grace. God's extravagant grace." God's ways are mysterious, his timing is not ours, and He accomplishes His glorious plans in our lives, even when our circumstances are far from perfect, and in spite of the difficult situations in our lives. We are not alone, even when it is painful. God is with us and He walks with us through our pain. Robin explains that when God recorded the lives of people in the Bible, He didn't airbrush them and make them surreal. He showed them exactly as they were - real, flawed and human. God loved them deeply. He fashioned them by His own hand and knew each one of them by heart. As the afternoon rain fell in misty drops, Robin watched the fluid grace gently cover, nourish, cleanse and restore everything in sight. Her thoughts ran deep. God gives and gives and gives. His generosity is unending and endless. God bestows His unmerited grace and favour upon ordinary people. Robin gathered her free-fall stories and strung them together, like pearls on a string, alongside stories of women in the Bible. Eventually it came full circle. God's goodness prevails, even when we cannot see the end of the story. We must trust in the greatness of God. "His Will is good and acceptable and perfect." © Miriam Jacob
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book is so incredibly uplifting and makes you feel joyous for the journey that you're on. It may not be the journey you thought you'd have (when is it ever?) but we can find joy through the grace that God shows us. Robin is so open and honest and shares from her heart. I love a book like this because it makes it easier for me to relate to and it also makes it easier to read. It is like sitting down with your best friend and having her share her life with you and then show you how the Lord has worked everything out for good. Be sure and have your tissues handy because, if you are like me, you're going to be shedding quite a few tears at some points of this book. It just touched my heart so much! This book will bless you so much. It's a book of hope and points totally to the grace of God. It's a must read and one you'll go back to time and again. I highly recommend it! *This book was provided me to me for my honest review by the BookSneeze Program