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Grace Matters: A Memoir of Faith, Friendship, and Hope in the Heart of the South Paperback – December 22, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787970980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787970987
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Grace Matters

Grace Matters was named a Publishers Weekly Notable Book of 2002 and won a Christianity Today Award of Merit.

"[A] real story of real people and real faith. My prayer is that the ‘seeds’ of this story of struggle and hope they planted will spread and bloom and grow in the lives of many people."
–John Perkins, chairman, Christian Community Development Association, and author, Let Justice Roll Down

"This remarkable, inspiring story reads like a good novel. It is a story of powerful Christian faith, intense personal commitment, and maddening human frailty. Though it ends in tragedy, this is a story of hope: My encounter with Grace Matters has left me daring to hope that, even now, we Christians might yet live out the true meaning of our radical creed . . ."
–Glenn C. Loury, director, Institute on Race and Social Division, Boston University

"[Grace Matters] is confessional, candid, and even painful as the author bares his soul and his struggles. . . . This is a book with a fundamental and hopeful message–that grace can become a way of life."
–Jim Wallis, editor, Sojourners magazine, and convener, Call to Renewal

"A good read is a voyage of self-discovery . . . With incredible honesty Chris avoids writing about jealousy and pride in the abstract. Instead he recounts his most embarrassing moments–outbursts of unprovoked anger, periods of consuming jealousy, sobering comments from observers . . . Grace Matters is about race, leadership, and self-discovery, but its crowning message is about grace."
–Christianity Today

"Rice’s . . . ultimate topic is a friendship that was severely tested and bent but never broken, not because of the strength of the two friends but because of grace–simple and absurd, illogical and amazing."
–Christian Century

About the Author

Chris P. Rice, currently pursuing studies at the Divinity School at Duke University, won a Critic's Choice Award from Christianity Today magazine for More Than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel (coauthored with Spencer Perkins)

More About the Author

Chris Rice works in the field of peace, justice, reconciliation, and Christian life and mission. His three award-winning books are "Reconciling All Things" (Christianity Today Book Award), the memoir "Grace Matters" (Publishers Weekly Best Adult Religion Book of 2002) and "More Than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel" (Christianity Today Critic's Choice Award). For ten years, Chris served as co-founder and Director of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation. Earlier he spent 17 years in Jackson, Mississippi serving in an inner-city neighborhood. His current work engages social division in the U.S., East Africa, and China, Korea, and Japan. He also serves as Senior Associate for Reconciliation for the Lausanne Movement. His writing has appeared in Sojourners, Christianity Today, and the Christian Century. Chris grew up in Seoul, South Korea.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Friend on March 20, 2010
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This is one of the best books I've read because it is so real. Chris Rice shares unvarnished stories about his friendships with others in the community of white and black in Jackson who sought to minister together to others and live out what it means to be the body of Christ. The stories of the difficulties they encountered are helpful because they teach us about life and its hard things, our own hearts and their need for change, and spiritual wisdom and practices such as communicating, reflection, celebration, grieving. The book encouraged me to be more honest with friends and to seek a more mature life. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nate Millheim on August 1, 2008
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This is simply a beautiful and well-written story of friendship. The vulnerability, honesty and humility in the stories make it a remarkable and inspirational work. May the story of Chris and Spencer inspire us tear down the walls that divide us and march forward as more whole people, learning to love with a steady dose of grace.
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This was one of the most inspiring, challenging, and discipleship growth books I have read. The experiences shared and the thoughts and actions related to these experience were clarification of many questions I have had. I believe I have new meaning for discrimination, esp. the subtle ways we continue to express our underlying discriminations. I appreciate the reconciliation work that is ongoing at Duke University. We could all gain much insight into ourselves and recapture the meaning of God's great love for us.
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By June Lawrence on September 18, 2008
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This books keeps your attention just to see what happens with the bold project. You get to know the personalities fo the book too and that helps to keep you there - rooting for them.
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