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A Miracle of Grace: An Autobiography (James N. Griffith Endowed Series in Baptist Studies) Hardcover – October 1, 2012

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E. Glenn Hinson is emeritus professor of Spirituality and John Loftis Professor of Church History at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. In retirement he served as visiting professor at Lexington Theological Seminary, Louisville (Presbyterian) Seminary, Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. His honors include the Cuthbert Allen Memorial Award for Ecumenism awarded by the Ecumenical Institute of Belmont Abbey/Wake Forest University.
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  • Series: Baptists
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881463949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881463941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reading of "Miracle of Grace" was a great intellectual and spiritual experience. I was privileged to have Dr. Hinson as my Professor of Church History. As I read Miracle of Grace I felt as if I were once again in his presence.
He tells his story in a manner that enables the reader to feel the presence of this intellectual and spiritual giant. His story reveals that of a man who brought his strong faith to bear on every aspect of his life. In the midst of difficult times he never wavered from the convictions that made a person highly respected among those who know him best.
I highly recommend this book to those who have been privileged to know Dr. Hinson and to those who would like to come to know a man who lives by the Faith he boldly proclaims and exemplifies in the life he lives. I strongly commend Mercer University for publishing this as part of the James N. Griffith endowed series.
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An easy read as from a dear friend speaking heart-to-heart to the reader about urgent things that matter most. Reasons I could resonate:
* vivid & visceral accounts of a poverty-filled childhood of anger and sadness
* profound and compassionate remembrances of people who embodied God's grace
* adventurous tales of trips taken to wild and interesting places where God's people helped Glenn grow in grace
* gut-wrenching accounts of institutional infighting, human power grabs, avarice, naming of names, looking evil straight in the eye and not backing down
* unapologetic airing of scholarly research and full & thorough sharing of the "whole story" of a "holy war," exposing human vulnerability in light of God's truth
* thought-provoking life lessons, scripture references, interesting interpretations from original Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and "Hinson-isms"
* laugh-out-loud humor, deep descriptions of love given and received in both God's and his nuclear, vocational, and catholic (universal) human family
* rich in expanding awareness of that which is greater and beyond the denominational, the ecumenical
* delightful stories that separate us only one degree from Douglas Steere, Thomas Merton, and the communion of saints, helping us to see "ordinary saints" in our own lives from across its pages

This quick read (382 pgs with appx 50 pgs of appendices in one volume) is hardly enough to cover such a long, fruitful, inspiring life of grace. Its abrupt ending after a really neat "Letterman-style" Top Ten listing of life lessons makes me want to read more of what publishing length may not have allowed. I would recommend this hope-filled "letter of love" to students of Christian spirituality, vocationals serving in vulnerable places of ministry, individuals & families struggling with alcoholism, and anyone who yearns to find their way to becoming who God is creating them to be.
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Glenn Hinson has written, not just an autobiography, but a treatise on theology and a history of the last century of the Baptist Church in the South. Others would say the SBC treated him badly; Glenn would say there was grace in it all because of the opportunities their ill-treatment afforded him. There's no way to write enough here to cover all this book has to say about Hinson's work toward ecumenism and spiritual transformation in the lives of ministers and others.
Glenn had a difficult childhood but can now find grace in every deprivation and humiliation. Surprised by the grace of others in his life, I've been surprised by the grace he's brought to mine. I first met Glenn at a Florida Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation; his friendship and guidance has buoyed me through some difficult situations of my own in ministry, causing me to feel a little like he does about Merton: I'll keep every letter he wrote me, along with this book and many of his others and all the memories of this truly great man. A book well worth reading even if you've never met him!
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Glenn Hinson was the best of the old SBC. His insights into the changes and attacks on him open doors to understand how Southern Baptists have changed.
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