- File Size: 487 KB
- Print Length: 135 pages
- Publisher: People of the Second Chance (September 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042X9CKU
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Gracenomics: Unleash The Power Of Second Chance Living Kindle Edition
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This is a book that I think almost everyone with a kindle should pick up. It is short, most people will read it in less than 2 hours. It is a quick read with lots of quotable ideas (somewhat similar in feel to Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier).
The basic idea is that as Christians one way that we change the world, or really just act like Christians, is to give grace to everyone around us.
There are a couple reasons for this, one is because of the grace that we have been shown by Christ. But most of the rest of the reasons are really pragmatic. Reasons like, we are imperfect so we need grace from others, it makes good business sense, it is a great way to diffuse tense situations. If anything it is too pragmatic. I get that there really are good pragmatic reasons for giving grace. But another chapter of theological reasons would have made sense to me. As Christians we can do things for pragmatic reasons, but if we have theological reasons for doing the same thing, then I think our theological reasons should take precedence. Not out of theological intellectualism, but out of an attempt at living Christianly. I think too often we live life without the help of God. In giving grace, we cannot live without God's help. We are sinful, we will not give grace without the help of God. I think in his sections on how to give grace, Foster acknowledges the role of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in our movement toward grace, I just wish there was a bit more in the why grace section.
Another weakness is that there is really not a great definition of grace. It is fairly clear that he is not talking about Salvific Grace when he is talking about the grace we give to others. But more incarcerational grace, the living out of Christ to others. This could be called kindness, humility or love, but I appreciated that he kept with the more theological term grace. But I do wish he was a bit more explicit about what he meant by the giving of grace.
In the end, in spite of the weaknesses, I think this is a needed message. Christians need to be known for their grace. Instead we are often known for our judgement (or honestly what is mostly just meanness.) Christ was harsh at times with those among the religious of his day. But he was full of grace for the downtrodden, the outcasts and those without power. I think we need to be more filled with humility (a pre-requisite of grace) if we are going to really reach out to those that still need Christ.
The though of showing Grace to others as Christians is supposed to be one thing we do by being Christian, no? Well, I believe that we all want to do what Mike talks about in the book, but maybe forget how and why we should. This is an eye opener for the reader and should be. Take a chance on this book, you will not regret the time spent learning Gracenomics!
Grace seems to be that thing that everyone wants to receive freely yet so few of us are willing to give it sacrificially. Foster does a great job of sharing with us why we are hard-wired by our God-given design to be agents of radical grace.
Lots of Christian books come across as prescriptive, an expert sharing how he has achieved a great "new-level" in his walk and how if we carefully follow the steps laid out in his book that the reader may too "get there" one day. Foster's tone comes across as a sojourner, who has yet to fully discover the power of giving and receiving grace, yet is hungry for more of both.
Here are two of my favorite passages from Gracenomics:
"Our definition of value has been hijacked by speed of growth, prominence and attention. But it is critical for all of us to understand that the true worth of an idea isn't determined by whether our efforts are showcased in the New York Times or whether we have 500,000 Facebook Fans. Value creation happens when someone is impacted for the good, lives are changed, people are transformed and the organization's mission moves forward."
"Who is the person who you have come to believe you can never, ever forgive? Think of that person now. You know who I'm talking about right? What is his/her name? Say it out loud. Or write it down...now. And then let today be the day you forgive. And let it go. This is just for you. Not for them. For when you forgive you will finally be free."