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Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society Hardcover – January 12, 2011

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Praise for FALL TO GRACE:

Jay is right: a revolution is taking place. And it's a revolution of grace, affecting our view of God, our view of ourselves, and our view of neighbor, stranger, enemy, and outcast. As I read this honest and challenging book, I kept thinking, "Sign me up for the revolution!" (Brian McLaren, speaker, activist and author of A New Kind of Christianity)

"With Fall to Grace, Jay Bakker has written just the book that Christians on both sides of our tragically polarized faith need to read. Relying on both his own personal experience and a thoughtful and theological reading of the New Testament, he reminds us of the very core of the gospel. And, in so doing, he challenges me to reconsider the Apostle Paul, the biblical writer with whom I most often wrestle. This book deserves a wide readership." (Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and the theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis)

"A real eye-opener for Christians, non-Christians and-- perhaps especially-- Christians who would sometimes rather not call themselves that." (Daneil Radosh, author of Rapture Ready! Adventure in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture)

About the Author

Jay Bakker is the son of Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Messner, who ran the PTL television ministry until it came crashing down in the late 1980s amid accusations of an accounting-fraud scandal. At its height, it boasted 13 million viewers and a Christian resort. Bakker began his own ministry, called Revolution, in 1994. It now has plants in New York, Charlotte, and Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446539503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446539500
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sherry M. Peyton on January 25, 2011
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Jay Bakker's Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self and Society, is something of a surprise to me. Bakker, as you might guess, or know, is the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, dis-graced (as Bakker puts it) leaders of the PTL club. Jim Bakker as you recall, went to prison and sadly Tammy Faye died not long ago from cancer.

Jay Bakker, candidly reviews his life, its ups and downs. Predictably he, as a young child, had a ball being in a famous and wealthy family. As the family's fortunes fell, so did his own, and he went the route of many kids in his position: drugs and alcohol. Also, as you might suspect, his hold on faith broke as well.

Like many, Bakker struggled with how he could redeem him life after years of bad choices and bad living. It did not happen over night, but finally he "heard" the words of a friend who patiently stuck with him, repeating again and again, that God's love never wavered. After long arguments, night after night, often in a fog of alcohol, Jay finally fell to Grace.

And grace is what Jay Bakker preaches, and what he believes with all his heart. He carefully explains the concept to those who may be unaware, largely through the voice of Saint Paul in Galatians, his admitted hero.

Jay was undoubtedly brought up in a fundamentalist mind-set, but as regards the bible, he has grown from that limited view, into a more mature and nuanced understanding. He notes that not all of Paul's letters may actually be written by Paul, and he notes the work of Robert Wright's, The Evolution of God, as well as the work of Karen Armstrong, and Henri M. Nouwen.

Those who might shy away from the book on the grounds that it is but another fundamentalist tract, need not worry.
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From the introduction to the co-author's notes at the end Fall to Grace is one of those books I simply could not put down. I read into the wee hours of the morning as the snow fell and piled high (for Tennessee) outside the windows. Using the book of Galatians as his backdrop and sprinkling first person testimonies called "Grace Notes" between the sections of his text Jay Bakker issues a call to a hurting world and an all too often legalistic bullying church/political culture to understand the revolution that is God's Grace.

As I read reviews of this book elsewhere I was shocked to see all kinds of things that in my opinion the reviewer had to read into the text. One such review claimed that this is a gospel of Universalism, one that denies the need for the individual to accept God's grace and in so doing denies the core of the Christian faith. I am baffled as to where this reviewer got that idea. In the first sentence of Chapter 4 he states "At the core of Paul's idea of Grace is the belief that man is freed from religious law and reconciled with God through Jesus' life, death and sacrifice." Seems pretty orthodox to me.

I suspect that those who take issue with Jay Bakker's message do so for one of two reasons. The first being that he is the son of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker and the second being that like his late mother, Tammy Faye Bakker, Jay is LGBTQ affirming and accepting, arguing for full equality including the right of same gender couples to marry. Regardless of your position on the LGBT issue "Fall to Grace" is a thought provoking biblically sound message and one that many who have been hurt by the church need desperately to hear. I highly recommend it.
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Jay Bakker's new book, Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self and Society carries a message that is altogether empowering and frightening for the Evangelical church. I say frightening because it exposes a deep rooted belief system that has existed for centuries in the church, that has repelled the very people Jesus wants to embrace.

I can remember having a conversation with a gay friend of mine about church, and can still see the look in his eye when he said "I don't believe in God because the people who are supposed to carry His message of love, don't love me."

In his book, Jay addresses these issues with candidness and compassion, carrying the message of love and acceptance which I hope will help to heal those who have been broken and hurt by the church, and shed light into the hearts of Christ followers that we all are victims of grace.
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This is my first attempt at a review of a book for public consumption. The book I am reviewing is "Fall to Grace" by Jay Bakker. You may remember Jay's parents, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker from PTL Network fame,or in-fame as the case may be.

The first thing that struck me about the book was the title, "Fall to Grace" as opposed to "fall from grace". I often heard the phrase "fall from grace" as I was growing up. It was usually a description of someone who stopped following the rules and started doing things or saying things that were unacceptable for a Christian to do or say. Fallen was something I always felt in danger of becoming. "Falling to Grace" implies something very different. It's almost like you need to fall to a level so low that grace is all you have left and the only thing that can save you. And in fact, grace is the only thing that can save you no matter who you are or what you do. You cannot be "good" enough to gain your salvation. It can only be gained as a free gift from God because of and through Jesus. It turns out, much to my surprise, that you don't have to earn, in fact it is impossible for you to earn, your salvation. Wow, what a revelation. I have heard preachers say as much many times in my youth, only to learn that they expected me to earn that salvation by being a "good boy". Like Jay, I found that to be an impossible task. I remember one day I decided that repenting and getting saved all over again every Sunday night was a hassle. I heard that God would hear your prayers and answer if you were earnest in your payers so I devised a plan and carried it out. I prayed and asked God to forgive all my sins and all the sins I was going to commit in the future. It lifted a great burden off my shoulders and for a time I was content in my faith.
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