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Gracenomics: Unleash The Power Of Second Chance Living by [Foster, Mike]
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  • 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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By Christopher Heuertz on October 12, 2010
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In 'Gracenomics,' Mike Foster thoughtfully engages an old conversation with a fresh and new imagination. What is grace and how do we relate to it? Mike suggests that we spend grace as freely as we receive it.

The book is beautiful--literally, the design and layout are captivating and creative--and beautifully unpacks some tender conversations around judgment, failure and second chances.

And the framework is pretty solid too, the subtitles gently pulled me forward into the conversation with hooks like (some of the best):

*Pez Dispensers of Grace
*Becoming A Person of No Reputation
*Authentic Harshness
*Vulture Culture
*Don't Make A Career Out of Being A Victim
*Make Friends With Your Shadow
*The Forgiveness Instinct
*People Are Not Evil, They Are Weak
*Transparent Mistakes
*Don't Be So Dang Serious
*Don't Diss Your Disaters
*Join the Scandal

After finishing it, I had to put it down and sit in the impact of what I had just read. The stories and lessons are gifts and the book may be one of the best things I've ever read on what grace, acceptance and inclusion can be when we throw ourselves at the mercy of grace.

'Gracenomics' makes you feel safe, that it's safe to go to some of the painful and hidden places in our lives. 'Gracenomics' makes you feel free, that we're free to explore the best and worst of ourselves and others with a posture of acceptance and celebration. 'Gracenomics' makes you feel hopeful, that even after all the mistakes we've made, hope is still waiting for us with open arms.

I usually don't say this, but I'm actually grateful for this little book packed full of inviting truths.
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First, let me say that I come from a huge NON grace filled background. I've had to learn and am still learning about grace towards others and especially towards myself. But...

I finished Gracenomics, closed the book, re-opened and started on my second run through. But before I did that I sent this text out to some friends...

"Gracenomics a must read!! Super short but super huge. I'm crying from laughing, conviction and just the mere thought we as people could love this way!"

Mike Foster's approach, in my opinion, was right on point! He touched deep matters in a light but penetrating way. So many times I went from cracking up to gripping my chest with either a sense of conviction or deep desire to be that grace giving person. And...wishing that sort of grace had been extended to me.

The written names of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit may not be plastered all over the pages of Gracenomics but if you "know" God then you see Him on absolutely every page of this small but powerful book. Jesus spoke in parables...stories. He spoke the language the people understood. Gracenomics is a book of 'along the way conversation'. Along the way in our personal lives, with others AND at work. It is filled with humor, stories and encouragement that we can and must do better at this Grace thing.

What didn't I like? I wanted more!!!!!! But in all honestly sometimes leaving wanting more is a really good thing.

I, for one, left this book ready to Join The Scandal (chp.5) of Gracenomics!
Definitely the next book for our book club!
Bren
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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.
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"Not only is grace possible, but that grace really does matter."

Let that sink in for a minute.

That statement is really at the core of the new book Gracenomics: Unleash The Power of Second Chance Living by Mike Foster. Foster, co-founder of the organization People of the Second Chance, takes a bold, honest stand for the power of grace and the way it can transform our lives and the lives of those we interact with every single day.

Foster examines grace not just outward toward others (which is how most people think of grace) but within as well. He examines the way we can allow ourselves to dwell in a position of victimization rather than taking a sitaution where we've been legimately victimized, given ourselves the grace to know a situation may not be our fault and move forward. And if it IS our fault, to allow ourselves to look in the mirror and accept forgiveness from the person we see staring back at us.

I loved this powerful passage from Mike:

If we were honest with ourselves we would see the ongoing injustice and oppression doesn't lie within the event, but in the belief that we are powerless to move on.

How often do many of us believe we're powerless to move on from something that happened in our past? A hurt that's lingered from our youth? A crude insult given to us in high school or that teacher who told us we were just too stupid to figure things out? Perhaps something said to you by an ex-spouse on their way out of the courthouse? All of these things are powerless to stop us from moving on if we allow ourselves the grace to do it.

One of the strengths of Gracenomics is the way Foster presents the material. No long dissertation on any one point or dozens of pages of statistics and research studies.
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