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The Grace Awakening: Believing in Grace Is One Thing. Living it Is Another. Kindle Edition
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The Grace Awakening calls all Christians to wake up and reject living in such legalistic, performance-oriented bondage. The God of the universe has given us an amazing, revolutionary gift of grace and freedom. This freedom and grace set us apart from every other "religion" on the face of the earth.
In this best-selling classic, Charles Swindoll urges you not to miss living a grace-filled life. Freedom and joy-not lists and demands and duties-await all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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- ASIN : B007V96SXG
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (November 19, 2006)
- Publication date : November 19, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 626 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 316 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #443,696 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have a T-Shirt that says; “That’s not what I said. -Jesus.” The Grace Awakening is saying much the same thing in how I interpret my shirt. Christians should be grace-filled, accepting and loving. How sad this is so often not the case…at least in my experience. Thank you Pastor Swindoll
Where I disagree with Swindoll is in his definition and explanation of what I would call interpersonal grace, grace as seen in relationships between believers. First, he uses the term "legalism" in describing those who believe that Christian should follow a checklist in order to please God and try to push their moral code onto others. Legalism, strictly speaking, refers to those who believe that good works are necessary for salvation. A better term might be "self-righteousness"; thinking that you are better than others because of the good things that you do. This is certainly a problem in many churches today. More concerning to me is this: Swindoll seems to say that grace in regards to other believers means letting them do whatever they want without even trying to advise or help them, that grace means that other people's actions are only between them and God and that we have no business judging OR trying to help them grow. He implies that grace means that we have to let people just grow at their own pace, and that it's not our business to be concerned with the actions of others at all. I agree that we should be very careful about judging others or comparing ourselves to others in our actions, but I believe that grace involves seeking the highest good of others. Sometimes this may involve rebuking or correcting, sometimes encouraging others. I think that grace is practical love, love at work. Treating others with grace means wanting what is best for others and helping them to grow closer to God.
On a separate note, there is an aspect of church life where accountability must be exercised. A church should show grace, but it also has other responsibilities like discipleship and even occasionally church discipline. Grace in a church certainly doesn't mean dumping all standards of Christian living.
I agree that in our relationship with God, we need to recognize our constant need for grace. In our dealings with others, we should show grace. But while that doesn't involve imposing a checklist of standards on other people, it may involve conversations that help people to think through these issues and deal with them personally.
I don't intend to convey a negative attitude about this book through this review. Taken as a whole, "Grace Awakening" is a valuable resource on the topic of grace. I enjoyed it and can recommend it, but with these reservations.
Too many believers are miserable and lacking confidence in their walk with God because they don’t understand Grace.
It is a blast to be a believer and to be in the grace of God. There is no other way to live.
This book reminds you of the beauty of grace!
Swindoll pushes believers to blow the doors open in terms of their understanding of grace. According to his estimation, the church is steeped in legalism, which drains the life out of people. He argues instead for Christian liberty, which is founded on a true understanding of grace. He spends much of the 14 chapters covering the same ground, but it was not at all cumbersome as it is such an important message.
I found myself cheering through most of the book. He helped to solidify much of my thinking. In fact, some of the ideas that I had jotted down to share at church were presented in almost identical fashion in this book. He definitely adopts a "live and let live" mentality when it comes to Christianity, most of which I found myself agreeing with. With that said, I wish he would have better developed his thinking regarding the issues of discipleship, personal sanctification/holiness, and discipline. He admits at points that Christians should comply with God's word, but this compliance almost seems to be an after thought.
All in all, I found this to be a very worthwhile book. I would recommend it to others, though it differs from much of what I typically might recommend.
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For those struggling with trying to impress others in their Christian life, or stressed and joyless because of rules and traditions — this book could be a spiritual lifesaver. I reached many of the conclusions that Swindoll communicates some time ago, but I certainly received reaffirmation, and greater confidence in my position, through this book.
I’d recommend this to every Christian. The Grace Awakening will both liberate and challenge you — it could well change your life.