Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a "grace" period. The seedy politician falls from "grace." Musicians speak of a "grace" note. We describe an actress as "gracious," a dancer as "graceful." We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what "grace" means.
But do we really understand it? Have...more
"Grace" is well-written, theologically impeccable, and a quick read. My two star rating comes down to the fact that... Well, it was easy to pick up and put down and overall a very nice book. Of all the topics in Christendom, whe...more
Grace was a wonderful reminder of one of the most amazing things God gave us, yet we so often forget. Since I was raised in a Christian home, it is easy for me to forget how truly amazing God’s lavish grace is. With stories and poignant words, Max Lucado remin...more
I think Max has really developed his writing skills to both teach us and uplift us. I had read a few of his study books about 8 years god and though I liked them they were just on in the caliber as Grace is.
I learned so much from this book as well as discover that some of the things I learned on my own are also taught in this book. Grace is the kind of book everyone intere...more
Do we really understand it?
Have we settled for wimpy grace?
Do you believe in grace?
Have you been changed by grace?
Are you softened by grace?
Has grace snatched you by your neck and shaken you to your senses?
Max Lucado makes his case answering these and many other questions assisting the reader in understanding grace. Each chapter of the book begins with an illustration from the Bible and follows with a real-life illustration from Lucado's experience....more
I particularly enjoyed the personal stories from the author, and other peoples stories he mentioned throughout. These were challenging but also encouraging. What I really didn't enjoy was the narrator's delivery. He came across as someone who was just doing hi...more
Narrator thoughts - I like Wayne Shepherd. I've heard several books read by him before and I have enjoyed each one. His deep clear voice helps set the mood for the message of the book. It was a perfect match.
Book Thoughts - I have always loved Max Lucado. His unique writing style and ability to touch the heart of the listener combine to make this a truly beautiful work. Through story and scrip...more
Max gives us the privilege in Grace. More than we deserve, Greater than we imagine, to look at God revealed to us in Christ Jesus, but goes even further and challenges us to jump in the arms of God’s grace, a grace that changes us, transforms us, shapes us and strengthens our lives. It m...more
We live in a culture, even in the church, that's all about doing and earning. It's how we measure self-worth, acceptability, and even our identity. In "Grace", Lucado reminds us that we can't earn grace by being bad, we can't be too bad for gr...more
From the very first chapter Max lays the foundation of how Go...more
This is the Patriarch of the Grace family. Subtitled “More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine,” Lucado launches into his discussion of grace with both feet, using this book as the cornerstone for other endeavors. At almost 250 pages, the book defines terms and lays the groundwork for a deeper understanding of the grace of God and how it impacts our lives. And, for the sake of applicability, there’s a study guide and discussion questions built (or published) right in to the book....more
Max, as usual, brings out a different shade of light to shine on the story. One of GRACE … “Not just mercy, mind you, but grace. Grace goes beyond mercy. Mercy gave Ruth some food. Grace gave her a husband and a home.” (pg 72) ”Mercy pardons us. Grac...more
We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.
But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a resp...more
More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Imagine
By Max Lucado
Grace is God's greatest work and He is giving it to us. But what is Grace? Grace is God replacing our dying diseased filled heart with His heart. When we are accused by the world and by ourself we feel the fiery wrath of condemnation, but Jesus gave up everything for me to free me from the punishment of condemnation.
But forgiveness does not eliminate guilt because guilt can be the catalyst that makes us want to change. Satan's guilt...more
He has you look at things in different ways that are fascinating to new Christians and eye opening for older, more seasoned Christians who may have grown jaded when reading these types of books.
Grace by Max Lucado is no exception to this style of writing. He made me smile and made me look at Grace in new ways. Now, if you are l...more
My favorite insights were:
"Grace is the voice that c...more
How does Lucado's writing on grace compare with Bonhoeffer's dictum of cheap grace vs. costly grace?
Obviously Bonhoeffer and Lucado are different guys - that wasn't my question. I wanted to see if Lucado would root grace in the gospel of the kingdom of God, a gospel that doesn't try to fulfill our dreams but helps us see rather the renovation God is working into the fabric of creation.
Answer: nope, but almost. Lucado wrote a warming book that at best could...more
Review by Kara Grant
Let's make certain grace gets you.
Wow, what a book! I saw Max Lucado’s latest advertised in the Family Christian Bookstore catalog and knew I had to make a home for it among my books. Grace is something many of us want, but few understand what it’s really about. Max takes a journey in understanding this and doesn’t hold back any part of himself while vividly describing what grace really entails.
“The apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace—what makes us think we can? He just kept coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That's the thing about grace. It's like springtime. You can't put it in a single sentence definition, and you can't exhaust it. No other philosophy or religion has anything quite like this idea that God ta...more
Grace seems to be a theme in my life lately. It's been a topic at my church, at a Rob Bell event I went to, and has been on my mind a lot dealing with unethical behavior from a home repair company and an adoption lawyer (we've lost about $8000 on the two in the last few months). So when I had the chance to review Max Lucado's latest book, Grace, I was eager to do so, especially since I'm a Lucado fan anyway.
This time he unpacks the gift that is more than we deserve and greater than we imagine: Grace.
Everything you've come to expect from Lucado is found within this book. You'll read the humorous stories from his life, some more sober moments that help bring out the application and the study guide at the end.
Eleven chapters and the conclusion fill the pages of Grace. Each chapter...more
Grace - that unmerited favor we don't deserve and can't earn. Our human nature makes us feel guilty in a way just thinking about it. Max writes about grace in his trademark flowing and easy to read style that satisfies the answers about how "Christ in you" works. Why we need to be rescued and restored. How God overwhelms us with love. How He's after you. And me too. He answers the question, is that mercy or grace? There is also a very hel...more