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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
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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. I made a fatal error, though, that ended my contentment. I told others about my plan. Some people just found it amusing, but others were appalled and said I was just making excuses to be as bad as possible without the eternal consequences. Thanks to Jay, I now find that I was very close to a sacred truth. Thank you Jay, for putting into words what I have always felt but was unable to express.
The last two or three chapters deal almost exclusively with debunking the conservative fundamentalist tunnel vision regarding homosexuality. Wow, it is refreshing to run across a Christian who actually has the cajones to expose the hypocrisy. Even if homosexuality is a "sin", and I don't believe it is, spewing hatred of homosexuals from the pulpit must be a much worse sin.
I highly recommend this book for people like myself who want desperately to remain Christian, but cannot abide the current trends in Fundamentalist Churchianity. I also recommend it to those who reject the fundamentalists, but find the Liberal "High Church" too cold and uncommitted, perhaps ritualistic.
May 1, 2011
I was brought to tears while reading a moving episode from Jay's childhood. Little Jaime is crying, and his mother, the late Tammy Faye Bakker, expresses comforting words making a profound turning point in Jay's life. But, you'll have to read that impacting exchange of dialogue for yourself when you get his book.
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this is my 2nd time reading and i want to purchase many copies and hand out to family and friends