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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Slingshot Creative Media (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615278752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615278759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rhett Roberson on November 13, 2009
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Coming into this book as a confident christian, I expected another read that tells a story and is accompanied with scripture in such a way that the story seems distant and the scripture could come off stale. The kind of "I was reading in the Trinity Gazette this week..." story we hear from the pulpit now and again. We can all relate but when the story is over and the communion cups are down we all use the scriptures in the way they best fit in our lives. My father was a minister and his father before him and on down the line.... I have heard scripture from childhood and I was prepared to challenge anything that didn't sit square with me. There was a point, though, in the middle of the book that struck me in a deep and meaningful way. It was humbling to move from "knowing it all" to being completely confused about why I thought some of the things I thought. This is not your typical grace, this is God's grace in action. This book will challenge you whether you don't believe in God or you have been a follower for your entire life.

Side note: While neither of my degrees are in english, I do like to think of myself as well versed in literature. I think the book was very well written - its organized in a thought process, which is more geared towards how the human brain works. It is a relational text where instead of reading about a woman crying on the floor, you want to reach through the page and tell her she will be okay. It's a powerful style, it is Serena Woods' style. Perhaps the Eternal Optimist was looking for the queen's english?
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Grace is for Sinners makes for gripping, yet uncomfortable reading. Serena Woods' gritty portrayal of her life story centers around her fall from grace in 2005 when she had an affair with her best friend's husband. This resulted in the destruction of the lives that both had managed to create to that point. They were alienated from their spouses, jobs, families, and friends, but soon married each other and began struggling to determine how to move forward. Grace is for Sinners is Woods' attempt to make sense of her life's pilgrimage, a road marked by unmarked turns and potholes. The first one-third of the book details her life up to the point of her adultery, from her childhood of neglect and abuse, to her conversion to Christ as a teenager, to her marriage and motherhood. Life was never easy. The last half of the book explores the uncomfortable questions resulting from the affair. She admits culpability and details her inner struggles over her failures. She makes a plea that family, friends and church learn how to show grace to those who fail.

Grace for Sinners is autobiographical, but it also raises existential questions that apply to all people. If, as scripture says, the law is written on all men's hearts, then the Ten Commandments have a universal appeal and application. Humanity naturally tends to condemn adultery because its existence undermines the foundation of society, the family. Still, adultery occurs with some frequency despite this universal or near-universal recognition that it is wrong. Woods knows, painfully, that right and wrong are easier to identify than to live up to. Humanity's lot is imperfection, but Woods rightfully points out that God's gift is forgiveness.
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Even though this book may have benefited from a little more editing (less wordy descriptions, more clarity in thought), the heart and soul of the book made an incredible impact on my life. Serena has bared her spirit in an incredibly painful, poignant way. While devouring this book, I was convicted about my own judgmental attitudes and broken over and over. I have been recommending it to just about anyone with whom I speak. It is powerful and could facilitate a huge change in the church if we would heed her words.
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This is a life changing book. Literally from the first page to the last. If you don't hear God speak to you while reading it you may not be listening. I recomend this book to everyone I can. I can truly say there is no way you could be disapointed with this book. If you are looking for some grace or maybe you need to give some this book is for you.
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As the title goes, 'Grace Is For Sinners' needs a little grace from the reader, myself included, as there are many editorial mistakes. Most notably, the beginning of chapter 13, there is a scripture reference to Galatians 6:2. The verse is actually Galatians 6:1. That was a glaring editorial error, which the book editor should have picked up.

The books message is simple: as believers in Christ we cannot afford to throw one another out with the bath water. We need to live a life of forgiveness and love. Serena's story is heart-wrenching and encouraging at the same time. I applaud her for sharing her story. I've followed her blog for quite some time and it is just excellent. Other than that, I would recommend this book, but keep an open mind as it is hard to follow, in some chapters.
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As I read this book I had one word, Encouraging! Serena encourages sinners, not just people who do not know Christ, but those who know him and make mistakes in life. She's a modern day preacher to preachers. Not meaning 'Pastors' but those modern day Pharisees, which can be a religious leaders or any 'Christian' who thinks their sin is not as bad as another. She offers her journey with Christ as a message of hope for all sinners, whether they are a fallen Christian or a Pharisee Christian, both are fallen. Serena shows us who Jesus is to those of us who have hit bottom. "The One who holds your hair when you vomit." Thank you Serena for this powerful message of hope and inspiration.
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