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Red Like Blood Paperback – April 8, 2011
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The Apostle Paul defined the gospel mission very plainly, 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.' You cannot sugarcoat sin or filter depravity, no matter what level of greatness you achieve. Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington tell their personal stories of sin and grace from the front stage of life. They pull no punches and make no excuses. Their writing is open, honest, transparent and raw.
But it is not raw for the sake of shock. It is raw for the sake of hope a saving hope that the worst of sinners might not only find grace in the shadow of the cross, but that the darkest of lives can become examples of grace that point the worst of sinners to the gospel.
'...But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the worst of sinners, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. '
There is only one color that can repaint the darkness of our sinful past - it is the color red...Red Like Blood. --Greg Lucas, author of Wrestling With an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace
What a wonderful book! I'm a cynical old preacher and sometimes have to see the 'real deal' to keep on doing what I do. This book is enough 'real deal' to last a very long time. Authenticity incredible honesty leaps off every page, and truth life changing Biblical truth stands up and salutes. These guys 'smell like Jesus.' Read this book and you will 'rise up and call me blessed' for having told you about it. --Steve Brown, Reformed Theological Seminary/Orlando, author and teacher on radio program Key Life.
'Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.' These memorable words from the pen of ex-slave trader, John Newton, could well be the sub-title of Red Like Blood. This book is the story of two men; one a preacher and the other an obvious sinner, who both learned to drink deeply from the gospel and to experience the amazing grace of God. Red Like Blood is captivating, challenging, and encouraging. Both believers and non-believers will enjoy and profit from this book. --Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness and Trusting God
About the Author
Bob Bevington is an author, entrepreneur, and optometrist who has co-authored two books with Jerry Bridges.
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The real life stories in this book will grab you, confront you and cause you to be amazed at God's grace, and give you hope for that same grace in your own life. If you feel like your sins are too horrible, if you feel like your sins are unforgivable...read this book, and you see that His Blood, will cover, and cleanse you from all your sins, and make you sing with John Newton..."Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a WRETCH like me.
Joe was a pastor's kid turned pastor and spent most of his life in the church. Bob spent most of his life avoiding it. Yet grace has a way of both bringing the younger brother home and beckoning the elder brother in to the feast. As the book progresses, we see that these two stories are not all that dissimilar from each other . . . or from our own. There is a pride that says to God, "I don't need you, I can figure this out on my own" and there is a pride that says "I don't need you, but I'll stick around to get your stuff".
"Grace is kryptonite to pride". This book begins with a lot of brokenness. But as the stories progress, the brokenness gives way to grace. Or rather, the brokenness is the way of grace: "grace needs one thing, it needs cracks. The bigger the crack, the deeper the grace will penetrate". The most dangerous form of pride that we all harbor is the pride that says, "I have no cracks". I loved this book. It will break you open, and it will pave the way for grace if you will kill your damned pride.
In theory, this is a great idea for a book but the materialization was a disaster. The stories seemed disjointed. There were examples of make-shift, hyper grace with no apparent Biblical base. The language made the book almost unreadable. One of the authors is a pastor and his use of vulgarities was more than disappointing. The need to use such filthy language for shock value seemed immature.
There were some some stories that had redeeming value such as the AA meeting and Phil & Euretta. The M&M illustration was helpful. However, anything the reader may have taken from the book was trumped by the distasteful language and incongruity of the stories.
Overall, the idea of the book to showcase God's grace to everyone, those in the church and those finding their way back is great. But it failed to deliver. Few Biblical references, rare glimpses of Biblical grace, and foul language make this book not a recommended reading.
I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.
But I was in for a big surprise. This is not high-brow theology. This is not a Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposition. Rather, Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington write in a simple, earthy fashion - perhaps a bit too earthy for some. But they tell it like it is and they're quick to reveal the gory details.
Red Like Blood is about real life; life that is painful and filled with disappointment. Coffey and Bevington write from different perspectives, however both men are familiar with pain. Both men understand loss. Most important, they both understand grace. Bevington adds, "... We've both learned that the brokenness God allows is always merciful and purposeful - because it's designed to move our soul to a destination where we become more dependent on God alone." So God's grace not only proves to be purposeful - it is powerful and effective.
Red Like Blood is a powerful book that highlights the grace of God in sinful creatures. It should not be confused with a deep theological treatise - however it is a much needed reminder to sinners; it is a vivid reminder that sinners are in desperate need of grace. I guess I got more than I bargained for after all!
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This has been a big encouragement to me. I keep coming back to it again and again. Joe and Bob write very well. Easy to understand and follow.
I highly recommend it!
This book helps you to read about someone who is so filled with grace, but struggled from difficult sin. As he stated, he is the prodigal son and it helps to refocus your journey. Read morePublished 23 months ago by dreamingonstars
After reading this book, I will forever think of Grace as a liquid that will hit a smooth surface and splash away, but will hit a cracked and broken surface and sink down deep.Published on February 21, 2014 by Monica
These two writers share their experiences openly, honestly and authentically. They hold nothing back... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Paul Coneff
I didn't enjoy this at all. Were they trying to copy the Blue Like... movie? It's starts out talking about one Pastor's affair and how he rose out of the ashes with his new wife. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by ElphabaThropp
I have not had a chance to read it. I am planning on reading it in the next week. looking forward to itPublished on January 8, 2014 by Mary Louise Smith
I have enjoyed this book and it has some great insights into the grace we experience so freely from our Father.Published on December 15, 2013 by S. DeBoer
One of the best books I have read this year. Completed it in a few day while traveling. It is one you will not want to put down, the author holds your attention and give some... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by CB