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Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  2,148 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews

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
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Published September 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 16, 2012 Abbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a powerful book!!!
Aug 30, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2012 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
Harold Cameron
Sep 30, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Josh Morgan
Oct 03, 2012 Josh Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Cindy Navarro
Oct 14, 2012 Cindy Navarro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Loraine Alcorn
Oct 18, 2012 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Nov 19, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Vonada
Feb 25, 2013 Chris Vonada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jun 21, 2013 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2013 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Short, easy to read chapters. Accepting and understanding grace.
Jul 14, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 28, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Marius Zarnescu
Mar 02, 2014 Marius Zarnescu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2014 Ivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written!!
Aug 10, 2014 Audra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 16, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another great Max Lucado book, full of his usual relatable stories and humor. I really loved the message behind this one!
Jul 16, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Especially love the beautiful, real life examples about people showing such grace and forgiveness.

Lady hit with a turkey
Orphan train story
Sah Angoluan
Apr 14, 2016 Sah Angoluan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 11, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.....good reminder that God still loves me even though I've messed up! He has such Amazing Grace.
Oct 04, 2016 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
There's nothing new here, but Lucado is comfort food. Sometimes mac and cheese is what you need. Thanks, Aunt Cecilia.
Joshua Magnuson
Oct 05, 2016 Joshua Magnuson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Using this book as part of a small group study on grace. I chose this book by Lucado because his writing style is very approachable, regardless of an individual's spiritual maturity. Additionally, Lucado's approach in this book on grace focuses on the ability of grace to empower us to live the holy lives we're commanded to live - an aspect of grace of which many Christians are unaware.

Although I personally find the content a bit elementary, Lucado's writing style creates the perfect jumping off
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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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“In the Chinese language the word for righteousness is a combination of two characters, the figure of a lamb and a person. The lamb is on top, covering the person. Whenever God looks down at you, this is what he sees: the perfect Lamb of God covering you.” 10 likes
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