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The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief Paperback – Illustrated, November 14, 2011
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"A very, very powerful book." - Gayle Trotter, First Things
"In his most moving Grace Effect, Larry Taunton reminds us that our lives are the best arguments for what we really believe, and that, whatever the outcome of this or that debate between atheists and Christians in the lecture hall, Christians win hands down against atheists when it comes to how the rival arguments are lived out in the details of real charity, real mercy, real sacrifice, the actual treatment of widows and especially orphans... I most highly recommend it!" - Dr. Benjamin Wiker, author of Ten Books That Screwed Up the World
"Larry Taunton's book is a captivating account of a grim reality with a truly gracious ending. It is a must read for anyone pondering adoption from the former Eastern European Bloc." - Dr. Olivera Petrovich, research psychologist, University of Oxford
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Larry Alex Taunton is Founder and Executive Director of Fixed Point Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the public defense of the Christian faith. Fixed Point has captured the attention of BBC, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News Network, The Christian Post, and many others. Taunton has personally engaged some of the most vociferous opponents of Christianity, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer. He lives in Birmingham, AL.
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A riveting commentary on not just adoption and why its important, but also on the aftermath of communism amid a growing post-modern global culture.
The book is well written and fascinating because it uses and combines the author's personal life and experience with the point he is trying to get across.
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On the other hand a beautiful account of what must have been a desperately difficult but ultimately successful struggle to adopt a little girl out of that terrible environment.
The book itself is not quite what I was expecting. Whilst the author is a world leading Christian Apologist this book is notably not very apologetic in nature. Instead it focuses mainly on the daughter whom he adopted from Ukraine, and how difficult/trying the process was.
Nevertheless, whilst a book about adoption, it is also a book about Christianity, and most noticeably the `grace effect'. The central thesis here is that cultures influenced by Christianity outperform, in terms of compassion, secular/atheistic cultures. To show this to be true the author uses the Ukrainian system as his point of contrast. Being that that side of the world has tasted full on communism and state sponsored atheism, it is a worthwhile contrast.
The book itself is touching and the lengths that the Tauntons go to to adopt this little girl who has so many problems are simply speaking, nothing short of sainthood material. The circumstances she endured in Ukraine are enough to sadden even the hardest of hearts, and in this way I thoroughly enjoyed the book. You can't help but want to read on, just to find out if the girl's life has a happy ending.
Still, the book succeeds in showing that Christian cultures are more compassionate than atheistic cultures. In this respect readers of this book may also enjoy Peter Hitchens book, Rage against God - which in a similar fashion covers similar subject material. Interestingly, Hitchen's book also focuses on the Eastern block.
Also of noticeably interest are the references to the author's friendship and conversations with Christopher Hitchens. To see that Christopher actually had a nice side was likewise refreshing.