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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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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.
* 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.
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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I have just begun to read. Dr. Hinson tells the story well. It is hard to put it down. Hoping to read more today.Published on January 4, 2013 by Frieda H. Byrd
wonderfully written memoirs by a special and unique person. Having had the privilege of being a student in a few of his classes, this book sheds light on an outstanding academic as... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by PinkyDeb