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Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace Paperback – September 7, 2010
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- Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni & Friends
"C.S. Lewis wrote that he paradoxically loved The Lord of the Rings because it 'broke his heart'--and Greg Lucas' writing does the same for me. I heartily commend this book--especially for dads...many of us need to taste afresh the goodness of God and the grace of the gospel."
- Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible
"This is not primarily a book for parents of special needs children....Jake's father, Greg, is a captivating storyteller. When he writes about life with Jake, I recognize God's grace and loving persistence in my life. I want more!"
- Noël Piper, author, and wife of pastor and author John Piper
"Witty stunning striking humorous and heartfelt.
I highly recommend this wonderfully personal book!"
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends -- Joni Eareckson Tada "CruciformPress.com"
From the Inside Flap
So begins Greg Lucas' captivating account of life as a husband, a police officer, and Jake's dad. Jake Lucas, the first of four children, lives with severe physical and mental challenges. Caring for him each day is an ordeal few of us can imagine, and this story of Jake's first 17 years is not one you will soon forget. But the remarkable thing is how the whole narrative is saturated with wonder at the grace and goodness of God, who brings hope and promise through his Son into the darkest of circumstances.
In this book, we see that Jake's problems are our problems, only bigger, and the challenges of caring for him carry profound lessons about God's care for us. Wrestling with an Angel is about tragedy and laughter and pain and joy. It is about faith and grace and endurance and God's unfailing, loving wisdom daily being worked out in each of our lives, whatever the nature or extent of our difficulties. Here is a book that may explain faith to you in ways you never quite grasped, through a life few of us can relate to. When it is all done, we come away better able to live as Christ calls us to live.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is also alternately hilarious and heartbreaking --which I love in fiction and in non-fiction alike. Wrestling With An Angel actually sometimes feels like fiction, which tells me it is more honest than most so-called "true stories." It is brilliantly, yet simply, told. A fine, short work of deep truth, honest orthodoxy. A compelling collection of true tales.
A warning. Be careful. This book will awaken your heart to the beautiful pain of adoption, the eucatastrophic revelation of the heart of God toward sinners. Not sentimental in the avenue of a Nicholas Sparks yarn, but heartbreakingly lovely to the core. Sobbing will happen.
I recommend it without reservation.
Wrestling with an Angel bears the subtitle A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace. The story traces Lucas' personal story in regards to his son Jake--how he came into their family, lived with their family, transformed their family, and led Lucas and his wife closer to the throne of grace and a deeper understanding of our Heavenly Father. Jake is Lucas' adopted son who has sever mental disabilities. This book does a marvelous job at tracing how God used--and likely continues to use--this father-son relationship to teach Lucas about his own desperate need for Jesus and his grace.
This passage sums up the whole book for me:
I hear religious-minded people say all the time with good intentions, "God will never place a burden on you so heavy that you cannot carry it."
My experience is that God will place a burden on you so heavy that you cannot possibly carry it alone. He will break your back and your will. He will buckle your legs until you fall flat beneath the crushing weight of your load. All the while He will walk beside you waiting for you to come to the point where you must depend on Him.Read more ›
"Wrestling with an Angel" is a practical-theological reflection on lessons one dad has learned through fathering a severely disabled son.
Easy and Hard to Read
It is both easy and hard to read. It’s easy to read because it is fast-paced and filled to the brim with vivid stories. The chapters are short, tersely written, and come right out of the experiences of the author, a down-to-earth police officer. It’s easy to relate to Lucas and his family.
And that’s the hard part–because Lucas’s family has dealt with severe suffering as they’ve seen Greg’s son Jacob grow from a tiny toddler enduring unexplained seizures to a difficult-to-manage young man. And it doesn’t necessarily grow any easier.
It is hard to read because it is so real. I kept thinking, “This is what it is like.” Blood, guts, and feces all make an appropriate but dismally authentic appearance in the course of the story.
I found myself sobbing as I read it. Now, I’m a “softie,” but I don’t normally cry when just reading a book. This book is evocative while not being at all sentimental. Lucas also finds humor in unlikely places. I didn’t just cry–I laughed and nodded through my tears.
A Story of Grace
"Wrestling with an Angel" is not simply an emotion-generating story. It’s a story that teaches truth as it unfolds. The subtitle is "A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace."
Lucas develops ten grace-lessons as he tells his story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very encouraging book for those of us with a cold with special needs. Highly recommend.Published 4 months ago by robert charles mccormick
This book was fantastic. The author's openness will bring tears to your eyes. He gives a broader look at the love and grace of our Heavenly Father through his own struggle with his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is fantastic. Powerfully written with honesty and tenderness. May this writing be a gift to many families who find themselves walking this road.Published 7 months ago by MrsB
This could be required reading for any special needs parent! This book helps you [parent] see beyond what you might feel that you are stuck in. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MarieGirl
I absolutely loved this book! I too have an adult disabled son, and could completely relate this story.Published 13 months ago by BarbieT
Excellent book. Addresses many of the thoughts and questions of a special needs parent. Makes a great gift.Published 15 months ago by SteelersFamily
Written by my son about the trials and loving, patient understanding required with his autistic, developmentally disabled son (the Angel). How could I find anything negative.Published 15 months ago by Carol J. Wilson
Anyone can make it through with grace. The grace God gives you as a caregiver can be one of the most costly experiences, but the best lesson you will ever learn - grace!Published 20 months ago by Catlett