Why Do We Need Another Book on Grace?
There are a lot of good books on the market about how great God’s grace is. I know. After all, I’ve read a lot of them myself.
So why would I have the gall to write another one?
There are at least three reasons I can think of.
First, I can’t stop talking about it.
For most of my youth, I struggled with feeling I had any value at all. So it was easy for me to see that I didn’t deserve God’s grace in my life.
Then I discovered that God was glad to give me His grace anyway.
Knowing God loves me, calls me His friend, and is concerned with every detail of my life is what causes me to get out of bed and face the day – every day.
Second, the news is just so good.
Is there anything you just can’t get enough of?
I love to write. I could read a hundred thousand books on writing and learn something from every one. Ten writers can say the same thing, yet if one phrases a concept the right way, I can learn something new.
Besides, repetition is the mother of learning, right?
Third, I’m not someone who speaks from Sinai.
I won’t call myself an expert on grace. In fact, I’ve struggled with it. I’ll bet you have too. This book is an opportunity for me to share what God has taught me through pain, practice, and study. I might not have a degree in grace, but I’m covered with life scars that attest to its existence.
Besides, you haven’t learned anything until you’ve tested it on the streets.
In America, we pride ourselves in being self-made successes.
But self-sufficiency is evidence of emotional slavery.
We’re slaves to rules.
Maybe it’s God’s rules. We work really hard to keep the law of God. When we succeed, we feel proud. When we fail, we keep it a secret. We feel like failures, but rather than admit it, we fake it in front of others.
It might be our own code that we work hard to obey. Whether we keep God’s law or not, we have our own set of rules that our experience has taught us we must obey to make it in life. We look down on others who have different rules that they live by. We may not say it but we think it.
We do all these things because we don’t understand grace.
What Keeps Us in Prison
Maybe you’re like I was. You see God as a Cosmic Tyrant who is just waiting for you to fail. You don’t feel like you’ll ever be good enough to please that God, so you just give up trying.
Or maybe you are like a lot of us who believe in a Cosmic Santa Claus. He’s so loving and good, He couldn’t possibly send someone as nice and good as you to Hell. So you don’t worry about not being good enough.
Both of these are lies.
What we need is a perspective that blends grace and truth, forgiveness and judgment. God’s grace does that.
Do You Want to Be Free?
We all yearn to be free. After all, isn’t that what Jesus died to give us?
Wouldn’t it be great to be free to be yourself – the new creation God designed you to be?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could find joy in every circumstance — a joy that transcends the temporary nature of pain and failure, success and accomplishment, and the routine rhythms of life?
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a boldness that all the affirmations in the world can’t give you?
You can find all these things – and more in God’s grace.
If any or all of this sounds good to you, plan to buy a copy of Grace Soaked Sinners.
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