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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 we settled for wim
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 16, 2012 Jchrispowers rated it it was ok
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
Aug 30, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Loraine Alcorn
Oct 18, 2012 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing
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

Jun 21, 2013 Gail rated it liked it
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
Sep 19, 2012 Paul Weaver rated it liked it
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.
Oct 03, 2012 Nicki rated it it was ok  ·  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
Keith Beasley-topliffe
Nov 21, 2013 Keith Beasley-topliffe rated it really liked it
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
Nov 19, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Especially love the beautiful, real life examples about people showing such grace and forgiveness.

Lady hit with a turkey
Orphan train story
May 15, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
This was another great Max Lucado book, full of his usual relatable stories and humor. I really loved the message behind this one!
Oct 16, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
A really great book on the unconditional love of God. The undeserved grace that we all want but don't think we are worthy of. Great stories. I really liked it.
May 02, 2014 Ivy rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written!!
Shawn Birss
Sep 07, 2015 Shawn Birss rated it it was ok
This is not a bad book. It is a beautiful subject, and written like the offer of a gentle hug by a beloved pastor. I needed it. I appreciated it. However, I read the entire thing (the 150 pages of text, but not the study guide at the end) in about an hour. And I didn't feel I was rushing. And ... that isn't necessarily a bad thing either. However, the subject of the book is one that I have best experienced as an overwhelming life quake of awesome power that shakes me down to the particles of the ...more
Marius Zarnescu
Mar 02, 2014 Marius Zarnescu rated it it was amazing
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
William "Spig"
Mar 16, 2016 William "Spig" rated it it was amazing
Grace Notes
What greater joy could there be than to see God alive in my children? May you laugh a lot and learn a lot and love this things called life.
His dream isn’t just to get you in heaven but to get heaven into you.
Satan is the accuser, deceiving the whole world – Rev 12:9-10
Therefore there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that gives life has set us free from the law of sin and death.
He was in all points tempted as we are, yet without si
May 11, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
Great book.....good reminder that God still loves me even though I've messed up! He has such Amazing Grace.
Denise DiFalco
Apr 02, 2016 Denise DiFalco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Many individuals can't embrace the total joys that God has given them because they feel they do not deserve it. Max Lucado addresses this concern in his newest work "Grace More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Imagine". This book will help people realize that we will never be perfect and that Grace is a gift which none of us are worthy of. God gives us Grace out of his love for his creation. Max Lucado is one of my favorite Christian author's. His success is due, in part, to backing up his though ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it
"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
Aug 10, 2014 Audra rated it liked it
Even though I rated it 3 stars, I still found my heart moved by sections. There is this urging of love and Grace that is always welcome. It lacks the depth and quality of writing that I usually look for in books on spirit, more of a feel-good inspirational book -- but sometimes that's what you need, and this serves that purpose well.
Sah Angoluan
Apr 14, 2016 Sah Angoluan rated it really liked it
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Jul 14, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
Good refresher on truths and some good quotable lines to chew on. Good for seekers and for those of us who grew up in a traditional rule-oriented faith.
Autumn Meier
May 13, 2016 Autumn Meier rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
The two stars aren't because it's a bad book. It's really not. It's just...okay, grace is a big deal, right? I mean, when you try to wrap your head around it, the blessing is incredible. I guess my disappointment with this was that it focuses on "here's what grace did for you" instead of "look what God did!" Does that make sense? That said, I can definitely see this book being a blessing to people at certain milestones or situations in their lives. I guess different aspects of the biblical messa ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Short, easy to read chapters. Accepting and understanding grace.
May 16, 2012 Abbi rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful book!!!
Jan 22, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
Surprisingly "quick" but powerful! Even though I know that God's grace is present in my life every single moment of every day, I think I need to listen to this book or read something to remind me of that GRACE every day. It's very easy to forget how much God loves me, and this was a quick point of reference to extend to others and receive from God that which He gives so freely.

The plane story is one I've shared with others a couple of times already and will likely stay with me for years to come
Hillary roberts
Apr 02, 2016 Hillary roberts rated it it was amazing
My Review:

When I first gave my life back to God, I heard about Grace. How God himself forgives you of everything. I had a hard time understanding this concept. I kept feeling as I needed to be punished for my past transgressions.
In “Grace” Lucado explains how this concept covers everything. How God’s grace and mercyaregreater than we could ever imagine. He also explained that when we keep punishing ourselves for what we think is a sin that in itself is a sin because we are thinking that our judg
Oct 15, 2012 Darin rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Carlyn Canady
Aug 25, 2014 Carlyn Canady rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
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
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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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