Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
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Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

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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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lucado is, quite simply, the great Christian inspirational writer of our generation. I'm a pastor, and Lucado is my go to author when someone is discouraged, in trouble, or just beginning their walk of faith, simply because he always makes me fall more in love with Jesus.

"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
Go over to and search the author Max Lucado and you’ll quickly discover page after page of books and resources written by Max Lucado. In the Christian book industry, he’s been a common name on a pretty regular basis when it comes to new releases. Well in keeping with that wealth of materials, he has just released his newest book entitled simply “Grace”. I set out to get it because it ties in well with the series I’m currently preaching through. So as I contemplated Paul’s proclamation...more
It has been to long since I have read a book by Max Lucado. I had forgotten how much I loved his simple expression of faith and our life in Christ. I don’t think I am ever going to let a year go by where I don’t read one of his books again.

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
Loraine Alcorn
I was able to read Grace by Max Lucado through Book sneeze and I have to say its the best Max Lucado book I have ever read.

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

When it comes to books about the Christian faith, I find that I look for titles from authors like Donald Miller or Anne Lamott over Max Lucado or Lee Strobel. BUT, I’ve been mulling the concept of “grace” over in my mind a lot this past year and my mother-in-law let me borrow this title as a great way to help me explore the concept. Max’s writing may be a bit fluffy or simplistic for some folks, but I found this to be a quick read and one that reenforced a lot of what I love best about my relati...more
Paul Weaver
Here are some questions concerning grace:
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
Oct 03, 2012 Nicki rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Max Lucado fans
I was actually quite disappointed listening to this audiobook. I'm not a Max Lucado fan but I really do love hearing about God's wonderful grace, and knowing that author has written many books about this I thought I would be in for a treat.
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
Keith Beasley-topliffe
I read this book mostly because the ladies of the True Blue Sunday School class of Asbury UMC, Duncannon, PA were reading it for their class. It made a good counterpoint to their previous book, "Not a Fan." Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus Lucado's insistence on the absolute priority of grace as the source of any good we do and on God's insistence on loving us no matter what relieves some of the anxiety that books on radical Christianity had inspired. In addition to s...more
I received this audiobook was given to me courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of doing a review.

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
Wonderfully written!!
Marius Zarnescu
Each book written by Max Lucado talks about living a life of worship before God. I’m filled with passion and desire to know and love the Savior more and more. Each book revolves around the person of Jesus Christ.

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
"Grace" continues Max Lucado's track record of taking some of the most important--and most misunderstood--truths of the Christian faith and make them accessible, understandable, and relatable. I wouldn't consider this book perfect, but more on that shortly.

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
Such a powerful book!!!
This is another fine piece of work from author Max Lucado. Max gives vivid detail in a variety of forms concerning grace given by God as well as how we as humans can offer grace to others. These are short chapters and easy reading, yet very insightful and helpful to anyone who wonders if they ever deserve grace. Max gave me some new insights into grace and how impacting it is within a person's life if it is only allowed to work freely.
From the very first chapter Max lays the foundation of how Go...more
Brenten Gilbert
Rating: 3.5

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
Carlyn Canady
My favorite story in the Bible is the story of Ruth. How amazing is that story on its own merit? Ruth gives up an opportunity to return to her homeland to stay with her mother-in-law because she knows Naomi has no other family. Amazing mercy at work.

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
Max Lucado's Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine is an eloquent read with prose that slides across the pages like a olympian figure skater. Broken down in 11 short chapters, it can be read fast or savoured; it is the reader's choice. I finished the book quickly, reading cover to cover however, I know I will be re-reading chapters over and over again for many years to come. The study guide at the end of the book provides scriptures on grace and questions that can deepen your und...more
Harold Cameron

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
In Grace, Max Lucado explains the concept of grace is undeserved forgiveness from a God who loves us completely. He sent his only Son to die on a cross for our sins and to display unconditionally love to the world. One example of grace that Max Lucado shared was the story of when the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus and stated that they caught her in the act of adultery. The Pharisees pointed out to Jesus that Moses law told them to stone her and put her to death. Jesus didn’t say anything at...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
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
Max Lucado writes like he could be a friend of mine and we are having a conversation. He has a dry sense of humor and a way of looking at things that I greatly appreciate.

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
Cherie Hill
I thought I knew all there was to know about grace . . . I've been given an overabundance of it. But Max Lucado has revealed the grace of God in probably the most thorough and impressionable way possible. I gleaned new insights into God's grace that I have, and continue to receive, as well as the grace that I must freely give. In Lucado style, the writing is passionate and poetic, lyrical and fully flowing. I dare say this may be his best book.

My favorite insights were:

"Grace is the voice that c...more
Benjamin Vineyard
Initial, book opening question:
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
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado
Review by Kara Grant

Let's make certain grace gets you.

My Review
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.

I tried...more
In a Christianity Today 8/27/12 online interview Lucado was asked: Why another book on grace when there are many good ones already out there?
“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
Cindy Navarro
Grace is something we may find puzzling...and it is also the title of Max Lucado's latest best-seller. I have been a fan of his writing for many years, so I knew to expect a book that would touch my heart and deepen my understanding of a topic that some find difficult to understand. This isn't my favorite of his many books, but I was by no means disappointed. In fact, once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Max has a way of simplifying a topic in a way that makes it easier to understa...more
Josh Morgan
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (

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.

Lucado's bo...more
Return to the world of fantastic storytelling and practical advice from the New York Times Best-Selling Author, Max Lucado.

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
Chris Vonada
"Grace... more than we deserve, greater than we imagine."

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
As you can tell from the title this book it is about grace. Gods Grace. What is? How to get it? How to understand it? With that comes what it can do for you, what it has done and why we want it. Max Lucado doesn't disappoint in this book. If you have read his earlier works than you know how he writes and how he sets things up. He has a particularly dry sense of humor. Some things he says makes you go Huh? Then you realize he made a joke. If you have read Lucado before you know what I am talking...more
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Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition,...more
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