“We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God.”
That statement summarizes the message and outline of Andy Stanley’s book, The Grace of God. He traces the theme of God’s grace through the pages of Scripture, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. But rather than do it thematically or present a theological treatise, he retells the stories of the men and women who experienced God’s grace firsthand.
This approach fits with his premise that grace is understood best within the context of relationship. Drawing from the Old Testament, the author tells the stories of Adam and Eve, Abram and Sarai, Joseph and Judah, the purpose and meaning of the Ten Commandments, Rahab of Jericho, David, and Jonah. From the New Testament, he tells of the experiences of Matthew, Nicodemus, the woman of Samaria, the apostle Paul, and the church in Acts.
Reading the book was a bit like looking at a mountain range through a wide-angle lens. You come away with a sense of the scope and panorama of biblical history. You also walk away with a greater sense of God’s amazing grace. You realize that grace is not just for salvation. It is needed for each and every day. Very encouraging book.
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