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Embrace Grace: Welcome to the Forgiven Life by [Higgs, Liz Curtis]
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From Publishers Weekly

Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible, offers a sweet but substantial gift book about accepting God's grace and leaving the past behind. Higgs's personal history includes "a lost decade of sex, drugs, and rock 'n 'roll," and though she doesn't focus on her past, she writes believably as someone who struggled with accepting grace herself. Each chapter contains multiple Scripture verses strung together with comments she's received from readers (such as, "I don't feel I am worthy of having God forgive me of my sins and weaknesses. I feel like a failure.") and reflections from her own life. She walks through several stages of receiving grace—including doubting that grace could be possible, confronting sin, forgiving yourself and repenting. Readers will feel at ease with Higgs's down-home style that's never preachy. Higgs aims to provide "a field guide, tracing a well-worn footpath from doubt to belief, pointing us away from shame and toward hope." She succeeds, and readers who are looking for more insight from this former Bad Girl will be very thankful. (Sept. 19)
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“Liz Curtis Higgs is a gifted writer and poet who understands the human heart with all its complexity, beauty, and pain. She also understands the heart of God. Reading this book will make you want to let go of anything that keeps you from his loving embrace. I recommend it highly.”
–Rebecca Pippert, best-selling author of Out of the Saltshaker & Into the World

“For every woman who has ever felt as if she were standing on the outside looking in, welcome home! In Embrace Grace, Liz Curtis Higgs gently addresses the lies that keep us from everything our hearts so desperately need: love, forgiveness, and most of all, acceptance. Don’t stand out there shivering in the cold! Christ stands with open arms waiting to love you back to life.”
– Joanna Weaver, best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Embrace Grace isn’t for perfect, churchy women who have never made a mistake. It’s for women who’ve blown it and are willing to investigate a better way to live. Liz Curtis Higgs is vulnerable, authentic, honest, and compassionate. Embrace Grace provides answers, truth, and a map that will take you from shame and guilt to a hope-filled future.”
–Carol Kent, author of When I Lay My Isaac Down

“Leave it to Liz Curtis Higgs–a master writer, storyteller and Bible teacher–to give us a book with a heavy hitting message wrapped in a cloak of warmth that melts even the coldest heart. Liz tells the story of grace, forgiveness, and restoration that every one of us–the wounded, the hurting, the seeking–needs to hear. This book must be read slowly and on bended knee, for each page is steeped with truth that will cause you to more passionately embrace the Father, embrace forgiveness, and Embrace Grace.”
Priscilla Shirer, author of He Speaks to Me

“Like the fingers of an expert masseuse, Liz kneads away the knots of guilt, fear, and regret we all have. Embrace Grace speaks life-changing truth to our hurting, anxious souls in a uniquely winsome way.”
– Dee Brestin, best-selling author of The Friendships of Women

Product Details

  • File Size: 3521 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400072182
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (July 8, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GKGAY2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have never read one of Ms. Higgs books before, but was somehow "pushed" to pick it up and take a look. "Embrace Grace." The Lord certainly knows that I needed to do just that. Ms. Higgs writes with compassion and empathy...not preachy at all, but supportive and encouraging. There is no question that this book is directed at a Catholic audience. Being raised Catholic, I could relate. If you cannot or would not relate to the teachings of Christ, then this may not be the book for you because it is through belief in Christ and the relevant Biblical passages in this book that one can make the connection and heal.

I applaud Ms. Higgs gentle but direct manner. When one is struggling to accept forgiveness, being too "easy" doesn't help. But in her firm and honest approach she submits case after case as to why you are not alone in this, why forgiveness has been created for us all since before the beginning of time, and that it is "OK" to accept it...not just OK, but your job, and it is God's good wish for you to accept it.

Some things that I learned but didn't expect to learn...grace is all-encompassing. It means to not only accept forgiveness, but to repent, to move forward, to allow yourself to feel "new" again. WHO IN THIS WORLD DOESN'T NEED THIS??? Yeah, thought so.

I was also intrigued by her comment that "self forgiveness" isn't mentioned anywhere in the Bible. WOW. How true. God's grace has you covered.

I have read a lot of self-help, spiritual, and religious books, and I cannot recommend this one more. NO ONE can open this book and not relate in some way (again, the Catholic POV may be a problem for some, though it was a huge help to me). I really think it is one of the most powerful books I have read.
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Liz Higgs has a way of drawing you into her work and making you feel as though she's writing to you alone. EMBRACE GRACE is no exception, and in it Lizzie shares her heart, her passion, and her love for the Lord and her readers. Take time to EMBRACE GRACE and read this small book--you'll be blessed.
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Embrace Grace is a little book with a powerful message. It's appropriate for anyone who's struggled with feeling worthy of grace and mercy, compassion and encouragement. Liz Curtis Higgs delivers a message of hope and help for the hurting. She shares her own and others' experiences on the path to not just accepting God's grace, but embracing it.
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For someone who has been a Christian for over 20 years, like me, the concepts are not new. However, (and this is a big HOWEVER) the heartfelt expression of acceptance and love by the author eventually broke into my intellectual overcoat. My heart needs helps as much, if not more, than my head needs knowledge of God's everlasting, and lavish grace. This book supplied both. Thank you for writing and sharing. I found this book very worthwhile and accessible.
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I heartily recommend "Embrace Grace" to every woman regardless of her situation. If you've ever struggled with shame, guilt, depression, or feeling unloved by God, this book is for you! For those who feel like they don't belong, who lack faith, who have a past they are ashamed of . . . or for those who just need to feel loved and accepted, this book will feel like a big hug from God as He embraces you in arms of grace and forgiveness. Order several copies . . . one for yourself to read again and again, and some to give to your friends. Our ministry is about hope . . . and that is what you will find in this book. We're very excited to see what God will do in your heart as you soak in His love through the words of Liz Curtis Higgs.
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Embrace Grace is one of the most encouraging and insightful non-fiction books I've read that addresses the forgiven life that can only be found in Christ. Liz discusses a multitude of topics based on e-mails she has received from women who were hurting and needed assurance that their Heavenly Father loves them and has forgiven them. I received comfort within the pages of Embrace Grace that I, too, am not exempt from God's ever-reaching power and all-encompassing grace. For me the most powerful chapter was "Embrace Sin." What? You ask. Embrace sin? Here's the subtitle. "How could he love me after all I've done?" This chapter includes both before and after salvation. It still gives me goosebumps and I get a little choked up when I think about it. Very powerful. A must read. Need I say more?
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...not that I expect everything I read to change my life, but the contents of this title just seemed so simplistic and on the nose. I thought it would be a more in-depth look at how to feel worthy of forgiveness and grace, but it was episodic and conversational. While I don't mind conversation, most of the chapters felt repetitive to me. While I understand that we all need reminders that there is grace for everyone, including me, perhaps this would be better suited for someone who has just become a Christian. I didn't dislike the book; it just wasn't quite what I expected.
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I had the please of meeting Liz Curris Higgs recently at a Christian women's conference. She was the keynote speaker and was brilliant. She spoke so clearly to me, as I'm sure she has to thousands of women through her career as a writer. She recommended this book as the first for me to read (although all of her books looked fascinating and I want them all lol). I am halfway through the book and I love it. It is very easy to read and understand. It is written in the exact way that she speaks so I am able to hear her when reading, which is awesome. I highly recommend this book to any woman who is new in her journey as a Christian, or even Christian women who are struggling with how God can truly love them as they are, sinner and flawed. God is glorious and has forgiven each and every sin, and loves us as we are. Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us this fact clearly in her book. Great read!!!
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