There are some authors that absolutely inspire us with their words, from the subjects they write about to the style of their writing.
For me, Max Lucado is one of those authors.
His writing always leave me humbled, blessed, in awe at the feet of my Savior.
One theme that flows through all of His Writing is the Grace of God. So last year when his new book, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, was released, I knew I had to read it!
And I finally got around to it.
“Precious as it is to proclaim, ‘Christ died for the world,’ even sweeter it is to whisper, ‘Christ died for me.'”
Lucado begins the book by discussing how God is in the business of changing hearts, of how His Grace brings salvation.
He goes further, though, saying that while we think we know what Grace is, we really do not understand it.
Why? Because we have settled for what Lucado calls “wimpy grace”. Far too often, our understanding of God’s Grace is too small, and we just don’t get it.
We simply cannot wrap our little minds around a God who, as John Stott says, stoops.
And that is Grace.
“Grace is not blind. It sees the hurt full well. But grace chooses to see God’s forgiveness even more.”
Life is hard. And it hurts. Sometimes, it hurts a lot.
But Grace is so consumed with forgiveness, that there is no room for bitterness.
Ouch. How convicting, because it is so much easier to hate than to love, to be bitter than to bless, to slap than to kneel and wash feet.
Yet, God, full of Grace, left glory for our grime. Humbled Himself and wore our skin. Loved the unlovable, because really, that is all of us.
“Grace happens here. The same work God did through Christ long ago on a cross is the same work God does through Christ right now in you.”
Overall, I felt like Grace was a much needed reminder for my soul. A reminder of just how great His Grace really is. From cover to cover, I was challenged, convicted, and inspired to better embrace Grace, but even more, to pour out and share the Grace that I have been given. I give the book an “A”, as I would highly recommend it!
Have you read the book? If so, what are your thoughts?