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Death of the Modern Superhero:How Grace Breaks our Rules [Kindle Edition]

Chris Lautsbaugh
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Book Description

Have you ever felt like you were just not good enough for God? We are told we must be a good Christian, a loving spouse, a caring and involved parent, active in your community, and so much more.

Can we ever make it?
When are we good enough?
Do we feel like we cannot succeed in this life unless we are a superhero with superpowers?

Grace takes these expectations of culture and society and turns them upside down. God gives us gifts at salvation that tell us we do measure up to God’s standard. We are pleasing to Him. No longer do we need to strive and work to prove ourselves, only to collapse in frustration and failure. Now we can live in the reality of grace which bring peace and life.

Death of the Modern Superhero explores these dilemmas and gives practical solutions to change our thinking to line up with the reality of God’s Truth.

If you enjoy authors such as Philip Yancey, Jerry Bridges, and Brennan Manning; you will enjoy this book.

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About the Author

Chris has been in ministry and missions for twenty years now, teaching and ministering in over 35 countries. He is currently living and serving in South Africa with Youth With a Mission. He has spent years training international students in discipleship and Biblical training as they prepare to be missionaries. Together with his wife Lindsey, and two sons, Garett and Thabo, they formed Project Grace. This is a non profit ministry designed to help train and equip African nationals to reach into the world. He has also published a series of 24 discipleship devotionals in La Biblia del Discipulado (The Discipleship Bible). Chris enjoys coffee, sports, and traveling to new places. You can follow him and this book on the Facebook group "Death of the Modern Superhero" or at

Product Details

  • File Size: 245 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Project Grace Publishing (April 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XDC40Y
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I realize that applied to Jesus first, but that phrase ran through my mind several times as I read this book. There are things I have wondered about for years, like the tension of faith and the mystery of faith. He explained it. Every page I underlined a memorable quote. By memorable I mean, some life changing words that changed that the way I think about God, other people, and myself. I can not say enough good things about this book. I will be reading this book again and again to remind myself of these truths.

Grace can be such a fuzzy concept. At times I have tried to grab hold of it only to find it slip out of my grasp. This book gave me a firm hold on grace. It is no longer something fuzzy. It is now a concrete concept. I understand grace. I understand God's bigness and how special it is that he came to me and loved me.

In this book, Chris Lautsbaugh really did tell me everything I ever did or tried to do or thought. I feel like he was in my head while writing this book. Read it and you will find the same thing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will recommend to friends April 21, 2011
By MBlom
Simple, clear, and speaks straight to a struggle most can identify with: not measuring up, not feeling good enough, always climbing the ladder. I'm already recommending it to friends and picking up a few as gifts. Two top demographics I would recommend it to: someone in Christian ministry or a new convert to Christianity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Changes Everything August 16, 2012
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Living in a world that ties value to performance, this book is a breath of fresh air to people like me, who have burned out on the treadmill of "trying harder" and could use some Good News. Rooted in Scripture, Chris Lautsbaugh, takes us on a journey in understanding God's love and provision to keep us off of the treadmill of performance. Its simplicity and practicality make this book one that I will read again to remind myself that God's grace really does change everything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book! April 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The author captured the nature of the struggle. Faith vs. works. God vs. human effort. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Truth! March 19, 2013
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Chris has truly communicated what God has done! And in light of that who we are! We are not the answer to the world's problems but God has all the answers! He is the true Superhero! That is Grace! Great read! Highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helps bring Grace into everyday life January 11, 2013
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Grace is the core idea behind Christianity yet it is easily the most misunderstood concept of the faith. Worse yet, in everyday life grace is not only ignored but completely violated. Lautsbaugh works to move the focus of our faith from ourselves to God. He convincingly makes the case that our tendency is to try to be a spiritual superhero. Much of what we learn in church is the same: be perfect, follow the rules, change the world. Lautsbaugh shows just how impossible, and ridiculous, this is by reviewing what the Old Testament says about sin. Sin is so big that we cannot deal with it on our own. We need God's grace to save and transform us. Living the Christian life, then, is not about following all the rules or being a spiritual superhero. It is about accepting God's grace and developing a relationship with God. The challenge of Christianity is not to live perfectly but to not lose faith. He argues convincingly that the admonitions in Hebrews are not warnings about sinning and falling away from grace but a call to not lose faith. If we remain faithful to God, he will continue to transform us into his likeness, but this will not be completed until we go to be with God. Until then we will continue to mess up. Thankfully, we do not need to be perfect; we need to know God.

All in all it is an insightful study of scripture and on living the Christian life. I could identify with much of the author's faith journey and glean from his insights. It is a great reminder that if we really want to change the world, we need to understand, accept and live grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books available! October 13, 2012
By Olivier
This book is one of the best available on the subject of Grace for a few reason: easy to read, well-illustrated and the questions for processing are simple yet deep.
I've bought a few copies for friends around the world and eagerly waiting for it to be translated in French so my many friends in the French-speaking world can also read it.
Death of the Modern Superhero: How Grace Breaks our Rules
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Modern Super Hero September 30, 2012
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This book is an excellent read. Chris explains the difference between "fairness" and grace. While we do not think it "fair" to receive punishment when deserved we think it fair to receive God's blessings! Chris rightly claims that salvation is never about fairness but all about grace. And since we are saved because of the grace of God we no longer have to strive to reach that door of salvation because it has already been opened by our Lord. I really like that the book does not lead toward "cheap grace" but keeps the standard high that God's grace is to be treasured.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What today's "Modern Superhero" lacks
I received Chris Lautsbaugh's e-book version of "Death of the Modern Superhero" last month. I received it as part of a Facebook giveaway through a contest I won. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kenzelsfire
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book on grace
First off, I won a copy of this book and am doing the review on my own.

This book was actually published in 2011, but I don't remember ever running across it until I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good understanding of Grace.
This is the best book on God's grace I've ever seen and read. I would highly recommend it for all Christians.
Published 13 months ago by William C Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing insights
If you have ever questioned your salvation by doing good works or trying to be the perfect Christian then this is a must read for you. I absolutely loved this book!
Published 13 months ago by Tonya Felder
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Reminder of God's Grace
"Grace is big" shares Chris Lautsbaugh in his book Death of the Modern Superhero: How Grace Breaks Our Rules. What is this modern superhero mentality? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Deb C
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Modern Superhero How Grace Breaks Our Rules
I am using this book along with my morning devotions. I love the examples this author uses to explain things such as a tea bag to explain the sanctification process. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The most opposed doctrine in the church
Chris wrote a book on a hated doctrine in the church.

British preacher, Derek Prince stated it many times that this teaching on grace is the most opposed teaching in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ronald L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a great reading! I can believe I got it for free in the kindle version. Grace is something so important for us to understand.
Published 21 months ago by Cinthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superhero down!
How many times have I tried to be the "superhero" of my own life. More than I can count! How many times have I succeeded? Read more
Published 22 months ago by R.J.
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More About the Author

Chris Lautsbaugh lives in Muizenberg, South Africa. He serves with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), teaching and training internationals to be missionaries and church leaders. Together with his wife Lindsey, they lead and steward training programs and ministries in and around Cape Town, reaching out to under privileged communities, planting churches, and meeting needs associated with the issues South Africa is facing. They have been in missions for 35 combined years. They serve together with their two boys, Garett and Thabo.

Chris blogs at and has published a book on grace, Death of the Modern Superhero:How Grace Breaks our Rules. 

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