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The Grace Awakening: Believing in Grace Is One Thing. Living it Is Another

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The Grace Awakening calls all Christians to wake up and reject living in such legalistic, performance-oriented bondage. The God of the universe has given us an amazing, revolutionary gift of grace and freedom. This freedom and grace set us apart from every other "religion" on the face of the earth.

In this best-selling classic, Charles Swindoll urges you not to miss living
Paperback, 306 pages
Published November 19th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 31st 1988)
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May 09, 2016 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a somewhat updated edition with a 31 day devotional at the back, and this is a reread, so I'm not sure if this link it the one showing here or not, but I'll shelve the one I added to GR for the reread since it would only let me switch existing editions since someone has put them altogether, even though that is wrong due to added material, new introduction and updated examples, etc.

This is the best book I've ever read on the sometimes elusive Grace preached in the Bible. So many people wa
Wow! I usually don't like when people use the term "life-changing" while describing a book, speech, conference, or film because it is usually only "life-changing" for a day or two after the experience before the feelings finally fade. However, The Grace Awakening was life-changing for me. I would urge the reader of this book to also spend the extra money and purchase the companion radio broadcast series with the same title by Charles Swindoll from the Insight for Living Ministry. I actually list ...more
Josh Miller
Sep 26, 2016 Josh Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up a used copy of this book a couple of years ago and tucked it away on a bookshelf. Fast forward to this year and I watch a video cast geared towards pastors with a "top ten" books list recommended to pastors. This was one of those books recommended...I moved it up the ladder on my "to read" list.

Wow! Was I pleasantly surprised and challenged by this book! I think this is the first book (at least in a very long time) that I started reading and could not put it down until I was finished
Mar 15, 2010 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Enjoyed meditating on this devotional about grace. Some of my favorite quotes include:
During his days as president, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across the country on horseback. They came to a river which had overflowed its banks because of a recent downpour. The swollen river had washed the bridge away. Each rider was forced to ford the river on horseback, fighting for his life against the rapid currents. The very real possibility of death threatened each rider, whi
Frik Prinsloo
A Great eye opener for anybody, that like to cry about anything and everything. Look up and have faith. Be grateful and content.
Aug 17, 2016 Katharine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-52-books
A must read for anyone who is discouraged, wants to give up on being happy or has been bullied in their faith.
Jun 05, 2014 Eric rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book revealed to me how much I want grace and want what Dr. Swindoll wrote about it. It also revealed some of my more recent struggles with legalism.

The good: I was encouraged by Swindoll's writings about grace and it help me ponder and long for a "Grace Awakening."

I also wanted more. I wanted to know as a legalist how to be free. How does a rule follower and one who has a tendency towards legalism become free?

To be fair, I read parts and skimmed/skipped other parts. So perhaps i
Jan 08, 2013 Katharine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when I was in college, but I didn't read it until a few years ago. I was researching the concept of grace for a piece of fiction I was writing. Then, in the middle of reading it, I realized that I had forgotten why I was reading it. Why, oh, why isn't the concept of grace talked about more in our lives? Swindoll makes his point over and over again that if we fully understood grace, it would change everything about us. I was changed in reading this and the book I was writing ch ...more
Dylan Hutchens
Jul 15, 2014 Dylan Hutchens rated it it was amazing
Charles Swindoll has brought out an excellent understanding of grace from God's word which has altered my way of thinking about grace and shown me how little I actually know about grace. Furthermore showing me practical ways I can live my life according to God's grace and only by His grace. I strongly recommend this book to be read by anyone, "grace" how much do you really know about that word? and how do you know if you're not a grace killer?
Ben Swingle
Charles R. Swindoll has written a 311-page book entitled “The Grace Awakening: Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another.” Published in 1990 by Word Publishing, this book proclaims the grace of God in both a pastoral and personal tone.
Before beginning to answer objections, Swindoll assists the reader in formulating his or her concept of grace by illustrating how it emerges in common-day experiences. Many conservatives may share objections to grace that parallel their objections to l
Tony Visconti
Swindoll does a good job interweaving scripture plus personal anecdotes to help clearly convey why Grace is the best gift a human could ever receive and why it should and has transformed of so many. However there was particularly disappointing chapter I found both offensive and incomplete. This chapter discussed the needs/roles of men and women in a relationship.
Jan 29, 2016 Fred rated it really liked it
First, I should probably mention that my normal reading is along the lines of R.C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John Piper, etc. So I'm used to pretty dense, challenging, "meaty" content. So with that qualification I suppose it should come as no surprise that I found Swindoll's light, vernacular style frustrating. Like others who have reviewed this book, the lack of depth, practical guidance, and clear scripture exposition was annoying. In general, this book reads more like a "Daily Bread" devotio ...more
Clara Roberts
Feb 14, 2013 Clara Roberts rated it liked it
This was my least favorite of Swindoll's book. I felt that the book lacked balance. Reflective thought seemed to be missing. I felt that he made little or no effort to understand the point of view of others who disagree with him. In other words I felt that he failed to extend Grace to others.
Robert Vincent
Jul 11, 2016 Robert Vincent rated it it was amazing
This book, in my opinion gives the best explanation of biblical grace; I’ve now read it four times. After reading many other books on the subject I find none to match. Chuck Swindoll masterfully guides the reader to an “awakening” of grace, therefore satisfying his purpose in writing. The grace of God is all-sufficient and is truly amazing. Swindoll states, with the authority of the Word of God that the believer in Jesus Christ is saved by grace and can victoriously live in God’s grace. Grace te ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Ladonda rated it liked it
This was a hard read for me but it wasn't the book. It was me. I struggle with Christian books from the standpoint that I love a good story and that's why I read. When it doesn't involve a story, I struggle but I persevered. This has a lot of good things to say and is thought provoking. It pointed out some things about Moses I'd never seen before. It also told the beautiful story of David and Mephibasheth, Jonathan's son. This was the 2nd time I'd read this. I read it about 3 or 4 years ago when ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read much from Chuck Swindol, but in the process of writing my own book on grace I decided to check this one out. Overall, I think that he did a really nice, balanced job with the subject. My only concern was that I felt I lost some of the key points of grace in the overall flow of the book. It's entirely possible that the fault was mine, but I'm not convinced of that. I'm not so sure that "The Grace Awakening" has led to a wide scale grace awakening on the part of the readership. If i ...more
Anita Brands
May 24, 2016 Anita Brands rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, nit-s-faves
I'm currently on chapter 14 of this amazing book. Due to the fact that I was not able to read it in its entirety before it was due back to the library (today), I give Swindoll a five-star rating. He's officially made it onto my favorite-authors list and I look forward to reading through some of his other works as well.
The Grace Awakening is indeed a call to awaken to the grace of God. Many of us tumble through life -- through our interactions with believers and non-believers (the bum on the stre
Dec 02, 2010 KDNH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Christian non-fiction tends to be my favorite genre, an audiobook of that genre feels like a very long sermon. Which is okay, but just needs to be taken in a little at a time. Which is why I took almost a week to get through this audiobook. I love Charles Swindoll’s books and have been making my way through his Great Lives series. This is the first book of his I’ve read (er, listened to) out of that series; he certainly has a lot to offer in the way of Biblical teaching!

Swindoll shares som
Jan 10, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
When my father learned that I was to preach a sermon series about grace he recommended this book to me.

LIFE CHANGING! I never realized how deeply pharisaical I had become. Truly transformational. If you grew up in church as I did you MUST get this modern Christian classic and study it. I rarely re-read books but this one has become a sort-of text for me to study. Extremely Biblical and extraordinarily relevant to my life.

Nov 04, 2015 Olivia rated it liked it
Swindoll does a remarkable job of describing Grace and revealing its practicality in everyday life. In a fatherly voice sprinkled with humor, Swindoll takes us to the heart of God as one who wills for us to live above sin by His Grace. The only misgiving I had with this book is the little attention given to the Holy Spirit in aiding us to live as saved individuals. I believe that the Holy Spirit is the one who renders the works we do in Christ as faith-filled rather than merit-filled. Overally, ...more
Thabu Pienaar
Nov 15, 2015 Thabu Pienaar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books, grace
This is easy one of my all-time favorite books. I always knew that there must be something more than the traditional moralistic messages from the pulpit and other Christian. I always found myself not fitting the man-made "christian-box" people expected. A Christian shouldn't eat that, wear that, do that etc. (obvious sin excluded).

This book learned me what grace really is and how to live accordingly; and grow into spiritual maturity.
Barry Black
Jul 28, 2016 Barry Black rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life and ministry.
Though I do not agree 100% with what is in this book, I highly recommend that you read it.
I have some doctrinal, and practical differences with Charles Swindoll.
But this book is thought provoking and life changing.
Read it - you will never be the same.
Adele Wyn Eddy
Aug 21, 2014 Adele Wyn Eddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book some years ago. It helped me to know God's love is unconditional and is founded on the complete and finished work of Jesus, not on my work, I can't add to what Jesus did. I can now trust and follow with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, free indeed!
Christa Hutten
Oct 13, 2015 Christa Hutten rated it it was amazing
Wow - the grace we as fellow Christ disciples must show in our daily walk and in our church life. Letting go of legalisms, embracing Christ's sacrifice to allow for grace to exude to all...
Eddie Howden
I found my understanding of God's Grace lacking. I did not grasp what Jesus had actually done for us.
Now - He has truly liberated us. Marvelous freedom.
Brandon Giella
Mar 03, 2015 Brandon Giella rated it really liked it
Yes. This is it, as far as grace goes. Chuck Swindoll is always brimming with wisdom and practicality. It'll change your life if you're not ready for it.
Oct 21, 2015 Lyndon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-books
Was given this book upon my ordination, fall of 1990. I remember it as a refreshing reminder of the life of grace that we have in Christ Jesus.
Brett Fuglsby
Mar 17, 2016 Brett Fuglsby rated it it was amazing
I needed to hear what this book said so much. Grace is freely given by God through Jesus Christ!
Steve Savig
Mar 06, 2015 Steve Savig rated it it was ok
Tuesday Morning Men's Breakfast at ECC.
Bob Licko, Bill Alexander, Terry Podmore, Peter Way, Bob Peterson, Glenn Gilbert, Ardin Wright
pg 155 "Vertical Grace frees us from the demands and condemnation of the Mosaic Law. It announces hope to the sinner-the gift of eternal life, along with all it's benefits. Horizontal grace frees us from the tyranny of pleasing people and adjusting our lives to the demands and expectations of human opinion. It gives us relief-the enjoyment of freedom along with all
i love swindoll
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Charles Swindoll has devoted over four decades to two passions: an unwavering commitment to the practical communication and application of God's Word, and an untiring devotion to seeing lives transformed by God's grace. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from Dallas Theological Seminary and has since been honored with four doctorates. For his teaching on Insight for Living, he has received the Progra ...more
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“Grace strips away the tin, rips off the masks, helps us to be ourselves so that when we speak of our faith it rings true.” 1 likes
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