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Grace Intervention: Understanding God's Beautiful Gift of Grace Paperback – January 1, 2015
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Because legalism comes in many subtle forms, the author exposes both traditional legalism and neo-legalism. He also responds to typical objections to grace using Scripture and examples. He defines grace as “the unmerited favor of a non-lenient God” because he doesn’t want people to confuse grace with leniency. In other words, it’s not that God is overlooking our sin because our sin cost Him dearly.
Grace Intervention reaches into our lives to the heart of our struggle to earn God’s blessings or keep the rules. The author explains that it’s not what we do for God—the arrows going up from us to God—that matters. Rather it’s what God does for us—the arrows going down from God to us—that is the source of grace and power in our lives.
If you need a fresh infusion of grace, pick up a copy of Grace Intervention and soak in these truths all over again.
This review first appeared (with additional book quotes) on my blog, ChristyBower.com.
This book is not one of them. This book explains how close God is to each of US, and how little our actions have anything to do with that reality.
There are academic sections in some chapters for those who enjoy the intellectual engagement of theological discourse, and the arguments are presented deftly and with good humor. But the great beauty of this book is the simple, profound result of that theology: if you have trusted in Christ's work on the cross to bring you into a right relationship with God, then you can rest in the fact that God loves you as He loves His own Son. No amount of good (or bad) behavior can change that truth.
If you gasp in shock at the thought of once-saved-always-saved, then I posit that you really do need a Grace Intervention. I am confident that in His Grace you will find new joy and strength every day to love your neighbor, love your family, and serve the One who created you, because He first loved us.
If you think you understand grace, read this book. If you've heard the word so many times growing up that it's lost its zip, read this book. If you are feeling smug that you deal out grace, you really need to read this book.