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A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel Paperback – June 1, 2004
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What made this such fascinating reading? A hint can be found in the subtitle of the book: "The Radical Nature of the Gospel".
You see, Brown's basic premise is that the Grace of God sets us free. Of course all orthodox Christians would agree with that. Where many will find Brown's book hard to swallow (if not downright disturbing) is that he defines freedom as...well...freedom. Not freedom from, nor freedom to...simply freedom.
Now before we get into calls of heresy, Brown is no antinomian. Perhaps one of his most vivid illustrations in a book full of vivid illustrations is his description of the Law of God as a map to guide us through a minefield. He is just tired (as am I) of God's people being burdened by man-made laws. The following quote from the book puts it quite succinctly:
"I fear too often the church has become an organization of guilty people with a guilty preacher standing in the pulpit, telling guilty people that they should feel guiltier"
I'm afraid that this small review is not doing Brown (a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary) justice. I just know that, upon reading this book, I came away with a much greater desire to really know Jesus. Perhaps people in ministry are expected to have that base covered, but I confess readily that I do not.
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Even if you have never heard of Steve Brown, if you believe you can "know the truth, and the truth will set you free" - but you aren't quite sure how that works in your life, this is the book for you. In these pages, you can find answers to the questions "free from what?" and "free to do what?"
This is a book of great value and comfort to Christians - especially those who, despite their struggles, "aren't getting much better," and are willing to admit it - at least to themselves.
You will find out you are not alone, and that God loves you anyway.
The author tries not to give you a list of things to do - he doesn't want to create a "12-Step Program for Christians Who Aren't Getting Much Better." Nonetheless, you will come away with some practical ideas about letting God be God. Then you won't have to keep struggling to take his job - you will know that you are free to be you.
Read a few pages in a bookstore - or in our church library - you will want your own copy.
God bless you.
As Christians we probably don't need to retake grace 101, but we do need to be reminded of it every now and then. But then God's grace is as big as He is, and we don't really know the enormous span and depth of it. This book made God's grace more real to me, and more awesome then I could have ever imagined. I really needed to hear the message of this 5 STAR+++ book.
The only drawback to this book is that I don't like Brown's cheesy personal references. I caught myself becoming impatient, wondering when he'd arrive to his point. I also didn't like some of his self-deprecating remarks outside his confessions that he, too, is a sinner. I have a feeling Brown is a more engaging speaker than he is a writer. But the quality of the writing is not nearly as important as the message.
I'm glad I read this book - though now I feel like I have even more questions than answers.
On a side note, I have read a lot of spiritual books (many of which fall into the self-help category), and they all say similar inspirational things about living in God's grace. But all of these authors - including Brown - fail to explain HOW we're supposed to do this. How do we get past our materialism and obsession with our human relationships and focus on Christ? Sure, there is freedom in Christ, as Brown professes throughout his manifesto, but HOW do you get to that point? Is faith really a subjective experience?
This book didn't change my mind, it confirmed what Scripture already states.
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A must read for all those who want true freedom "...getting better isn't the issue. His love is the issue. ". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandy
This came in quickly and well packaged. It was as described. I have savored this book and really appreciated it. I can highly recommend.Published 6 months ago by S.H.H. Nosenbook
Worth reading especially for those new to the grace message. This is more about freedom than grace but of course the two are related. Read morePublished 6 months ago by No King But Christ
Very well written...gives one a healthy outlook to follow in their path to heaven.Published 7 months ago by Hope