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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453818774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453818770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Witty...stunning...striking...humorous and heartfelt. A fresh, honest look at one father's struggle to embrace God in the midst of his son's disability. Can sheer laughter and weeping gracefully coexist? Greg knows all about it. I highly recommend this wonderfully personal book!"
- Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni & Friends

"C.S. Lewis wrote that he paradoxically loved The Lord of the Rings because it 'broke his heart'--and Greg Lucas' writing does the same for me. I heartily commend this book--especially for dads...many of us need to taste afresh the goodness of God and the grace of the gospel."
- Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible


"This is not primarily a book for parents of special needs children....Jake's father, Greg, is a captivating storyteller. When he writes about life with Jake, I recognize God's grace and loving persistence in my life. I want more!
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- Noël Piper, author, and wife of pastor and author John Piper

About the Author

Greg Lucas is a husband, the father of four, a police officer in West Virginia, and a graduate of Boyce College.

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At the end of the book I wish I could have read more.
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It will break your heart for the Lucas family and their pure example of God's love and grace.
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It’s easy to read because it is fast-paced and filled to the brim with vivid stories.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Dan Byrd on October 1, 2010
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In his book, Greg Lucas turns the diamond of Grace in such a way that you see facets you never really noticed before. Whether or not you are doing life with someone struggling with a disability, you will be encouraged and challenged by this book. Please do not pass up the opportunity to read this book simply because "disability" doesn't apply to you. If you believe in God, this book is for you. If you don't believe in God, then go read the Bible....and then buy this book. Lucas is a superb, gospel-drenched story-teller. I'm ready for another book by Greg Lucas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S.D. Smith on November 5, 2010
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Greg Lucas' book is outstanding in several ways. Foremost, it speaks truth. Greg offers sound, biblical observations that don't hurt people by matching a challenging life with theological compromise (that is, lying to himself and others). This is a brave and humble thing he does.

The book is also alternately hilarious and heartbreaking --which I love in fiction and in non-fiction alike. Wrestling With An Angel actually sometimes feels like fiction, which tells me it is more honest than most so-called "true stories." It is brilliantly, yet simply, told. A fine, short work of deep truth, honest orthodoxy. A compelling collection of true tales.

A warning. Be careful. This book will awaken your heart to the beautiful pain of adoption, the eucatastrophic revelation of the heart of God toward sinners. Not sentimental in the avenue of a Nicholas Sparks yarn, but heartbreakingly lovely to the core. Sobbing will happen.

I recommend it without reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Sellars on February 15, 2011
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When I was asked to read this book, I was not expecting what happened next. Wrestling with an Angel by Greg Lucas is the best book I've read over the last year. I am pleased to have read the book and know I will continue to reference it. The author, Greg Lucas, writes the book almost as if he were writing and copying straight out of his journal, describing what God has taught him through his disabled son. Not only is it easy to read, but I could not put the book down and finished it in one sitting. Wrestling with an Angel opened my eyes to my own need of the gospel and my heavenly Father. It is a book I will highly recommend to anyone.

Wrestling with an Angel bears the subtitle A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace. The story traces Lucas' personal story in regards to his son Jake--how he came into their family, lived with their family, transformed their family, and led Lucas and his wife closer to the throne of grace and a deeper understanding of our Heavenly Father. Jake is Lucas' adopted son who has sever mental disabilities. This book does a marvelous job at tracing how God used--and likely continues to use--this father-son relationship to teach Lucas about his own desperate need for Jesus and his grace.

This passage sums up the whole book for me:

I hear religious-minded people say all the time with good intentions, "God will never place a burden on you so heavy that you cannot carry it."
Really?
My experience is that God will place a burden on you so heavy that you cannot possibly carry it alone. He will break your back and your will. He will buckle your legs until you fall flat beneath the crushing weight of your load. All the while He will walk beside you waiting for you to come to the point where you must depend on Him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh Perry on November 5, 2010
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This book is written by a father. It's written by a masculine soul. But most of all it's written by one who has been devastated by the grace of God in Christ. If you have a special needs child or know someone who does then this book will be immeasurably encouraging. If you're a parent you'll be convicted of wasted opportunities and go kiss your kids on the mouth and let them sleep in bed with you tonight. Every chapter is extraordinary, but only because the ordinary has been transformed through the lens of the gospel of which Greg Lucas is a master communicator. I give this book the highest compliment I know how to give: After reading this book, I love Jesus more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Permit me on January 2, 2011
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Having lost a six year-old special needs child with physical and psychological problems in 1983, and now,having adopted an emotionally-related special needs child in 2009, I can attest to the problems and challenges Mr.Lucas and his family endured. I can also say he's right on the mark with his profound and candid questions about the eternal state of these precious souls and how God views them.

I especially like what he said toward the end of the book; "Beneath the death grip of every parent holding tightly to their special needs child is the strong, reliable, and gentle hand of a Father who will never let go - the Deliverer, the Surgeon, the reliable object of our faith. Suffering reveals the Savior. He will direct your life in whatever way is necessary to loosen your grip - not to take something away, but to make possible more than you could have ever hoped for or imagined.
This is the grip of grace."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leo on November 5, 2010
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I could not put this book down. Kudos to Greg Lucas for writing such a compelling and honest book about finding the grace of God in the midst of loving and raising an autistic child. This is a must read:

--Parents of disabled children will laugh and cry as they read and relate to the stories; they will say "Amen" to the affirmations of God's grace and the lessons learned; and they will be encouraged and instructed by many other insights into God's grace that they might not have considered before.

--People who know and love families with disbled children will have a greater apprecaition and understanding of their world.

--Still others who are trying to make sense out of any kind of adversity and wondering where God is in it all will benefit from this heartwarming and insightful book.
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