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The Grace of God

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  749 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
“Grace. It’s what we crave most when our guilt is
exposed. It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted
with the guilt of others—especially when their guilt has robbed us of something
we consider valuable.

Therein is the struggle, the
struggle for grace. It’s this struggle that makes grace more story than
doctrine. It’s the struggle that reminds us th
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 17th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 28th 2010)
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Fylvia Kline
I’ll be honest. I really didn’t want to read this book. First of all, I have a quirky aversion to people with, what sounds like, two first names. And then there’s the fact that I’m partial to Lucado, Swindoll, Yancey and Barclay when it comes to the topic of grace. But in spite of these reasons, I agreed to review the book for Thomas Nelson simply because I can’t turn down a free book.

End result–1) I can get used to two first names; 2) I can appreciate new authors; 3) I can admit when I’m wrong.
Oct 24, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Well-written and carefully edited, “The Grace of God” by Andy Stanley is a great read on understanding the awesome power of God’s amazing grace. It stands as a true testament to the grace that God demonstrates to us everyday…as we go through our everyday lives doing our everyday things. Mr. Stanley points out to his readers that God is so gracious and merciful that he spares us even when we don’t deserve it…all by his amazing grace. Moreover, through popular characters and situations in the ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing
I tend not to give out many 5-star ratings, but this book scratches where I itch.

Andy Stanley is a dynamic speaker. We have been enriched by his small group curriculums. I have read a couple of his books in the past. But I never considered him a talented author until this one.

Most people would consider Matthew's first chapter rather boring--the genealogy of Jesus with all the "begats." Andy, however, is able to deliver some terrific nuggets even there. The book contains numerous examples of his
Apr 10, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
My 2011 reading list is underway for the year with 3.5 books completed. The first book that I read this year was The Grace of God by Andy Stanley. This book was awe-inspiring, humbling, comforting, enlightening, and full of so many examples of God's redemptive grace which never fails and never ends. This was definitely an amazing book to kick off 2011 with, and I encourage any and every one to read it. I mailed it to my mom after I finished it, and she loved it too.

Andy writes like he talks --
Chris French
Jul 31, 2014 Chris French rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
I’ve been reading thru Andy Stanley’s The Grace of God. It’s fantastic. You should pick it up. He said something today that struck me. “The law of God is actually an expression of the grace of God.” Most of the time we think about laws as keeping us from doing something. The speed limit is 55 so I can’t go 70. The iPad costs $500 so I can’t buy it for $3. That’s the way we look at rules most of the time, but God’s rules are set up not to keep us from having good things, but to keep us safe.

Nov 01, 2010 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
**I received this complimentary copy through All the opinions expressed are my own.**

This was an amazing read and well worth the time spent reading it. Andy Stanley did a masterful job on communicating the grace of God. By showing how man does not deserve God's grace, how God has extended his grace a plethora of times, and why grace is a great gift of God.

Mr. Stanley does not try to persuade the reader to his understanding of grace but tries to inform the reader of what the grace
Apr 16, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-book-list
Sure, he's my boss, but this is a great, great book.

My favorite line: "Grace plus anything is anything but grace."

Other takeaways:
* Grace isn't reserved for good people. Grace underscores the goodness of God.

* Grace is never just enough. Grace is always far more than enough.

* Grace is inviting to the unrighteous and threatening to the self-righteous.

* Grace is slow to anger and quick to deliver.

* The Church is most appealing when the message of grace is most apparent.
Aug 25, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Andy’s book very much. It’s a great one to read at night right before you go to bed. Just read a chapter and sleep with Grace on your mind. The book is not deep theology but instead it puts flesh on the deep theological topic of Grace so that it’s easy to embrace. I really enjoyed Chapter 5 Ruled by Grace. Andy makes a beautiful point that, “When we see God’s law the way he intended it, we understand that the grace of God and the law of God are not opposing concepts.
Andrew S
Mar 05, 2011 Andrew S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A well explained, easy to understand book on grace. Andy Stanley explores how grace started with the creation of the world and continues throughout the Bible. Although most of the stories were familiar, I had not viewed many of them through the lens of grace. If you are struggling with understanding the concept of grace and God or have difficulty seeing the consistency of God's character throughout the Bible, this book is certainly worth reading.
Sean Seay
Feb 25, 2013 Sean Seay rated it it was amazing
The beauty of grace traced through the entire Bible in the form of engaging narratives. Andy does a fantastic job of helping us see this vital attribute of God. Most of us need a better understanding of God's grace & this book helps.
Larry Warren
Mar 02, 2012 Larry Warren rated it it was amazing
Andy is one of my all-time favorite authors and this book does not disappoint. I've read it once and am going back for a second read.
Michael Boling
Feb 27, 2013 Michael Boling rated it really liked it
In this latest effort, author and Pastor Andy Stanley pens a lucid, salient, and timely biblical journey on the topic of God's grace. This book, as with Stanley's other works is well written and full of biblical truth for both the layman and seasoned scholar alike. He rightly begins his discussion of God's grace at the beginning of the biblical story, namely the story of creation in Genesis 1. Stanley aptly notes "On the surface, it appears that the birth of Jesus signaled the beginning of an ...more
Samuel Quaye
Nov 26, 2016 Samuel Quaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New and refreshing

I bought an audio book "ASK IT" of Andy Stanley. I played it zillion times. I still played the CD because I've left in the car. This lead me to buy this book "THE GRACE OF GOD". I've a lot of reach on the Grace of God since my Bible school and Theological seminary days. Andy's illustrative exposition of God's Grace has satisfactorily ended my research to understand more. Very clear explanation and very clear to understand. I enjoy reading the book with audio support. God bless.
Sep 13, 2011 Coyle rated it really liked it
Stanley's book is structured Biblically, that is, he starts with Genesis and works through Acts. Well, technically, he ends with his own church in Atlanta, but more on that in a bit. Most of the focus of the book is on the grace of God in the Old Testament (the first eight chapters deal with Old Testament events and characters, while the last five deal with the New Testament and the church since then). The main point of the book is that the grace of God is freely given, with absolutely no ...more
Laura Dallas
Oct 13, 2011 Laura Dallas rated it really liked it
Pastor Andy Stanley of the fast-growing North Point Community Church in Atlanta gives us a biblical overview of the message of God’s grace. Stanley believes in this message, and it is this foundational concept that he has used to start and grow his churches. He believes that all Christian churches should be doing the same in order to share the true message of Jesus Christ. But he doesn’t get to that until the last chapter, although it is a powerful chapter, backed up by all of the biblical ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
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Bj Stricklin
Jun 16, 2011 Bj Stricklin rated it really liked it
Andy Stanley is one of the greatest church leadership minds of our day, and in his most recent release he takes his readers on a journey into God's grace, a subject that is often misconstrued and even more often misapplied in today's churches. Stanley walks his readers through the pages of Scripture, demonstrating beautifully how God's grace is demonstrated in both the New Testament and the Old! He unveils the linings of grace in some of the most familiar Old Testament stories. (In fact, the ...more
Ray Hansel
Jan 21, 2016 Ray Hansel rated it it was amazing
I believe that everything around me is grace. I made a lot of mistakes,
faced a lot of challenges, and cried every tear but still felt that God is
still giving me the opportunity to receive his blessing even if I don't
deserve it. I haven't felt that before I gave my life to Christ. I always
thought before that life is like a "survival of the fittest." In a human
perspective, we're living almost like tributes in the "Hunger Games"
competing one another to reach the peak of success and to survive the
Courtney Huskisson
Sep 29, 2012 Courtney Huskisson rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A good comprehensive look at the Grace of of God for a culture that doesn't make sense, and for a Grace that doesn't seem possible.

Favorite Quotes:
"'I have not come to call those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.' If we could freeze that moment in time, we would be left with a startling and perhaps uncomfortable truth: grace is inviting to the unrighteous and threatening to the self-righteous." (140)

"The church is most appealing when the message of grace is most
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Sep 13, 2011 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians, Bible Study Groups, Libraries
Recommended to Meagan by: Book Sneeze
By Andy Stanley

Grace is something we all strive for but none us ever deserves it and we are reluctant to share it with others. But what is grace, specifically God’s Grace?

Andy Stanley takes us on a journey through the Bible and time to show us that every act of God is part of His plan for Grace. His entire act of Creation was a gift of Grace. We did not have to have a separation between day and night or land and sea. God could have stopped with Adam but in His grace he did not l
Oct 04, 2011 Jonathan rated it really liked it
I have heard it said that while you can learn a lot from the stories of the people in the Bible, since it is God's Word, it is God's story we should be paying attention to in its pages. This concept never came as alive to me, however, as it did while reading Andy Stanley's book, The Grace of God. Stanley's book takes the reader into God's story of grace in His book, The Bible, highlighting the narrative of grace that runs throughout the Old and New Testament. Almost a personal, heartfelt, ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
The title of this book says it all; Andy Stanley's "Grace of God" is an in-depth, extensive, easy-to-understand, plain language study on God's everlasting grace.

Starting at creation and continuing through the Great Commission, Stanley explores the grace that saturates Scripture with fresh insights and a new perspective on many familiar Biblical stories and characters. Stanley isn't trying to persuade the reader to his point of view or say "This is how it is; this is exactly what you should beli
Oct 14, 2011 Bookworm1858 rated it it was amazing
Grace has long been a topic of fascination to me. "Amazing Grace" is my favorite song and I am so grateful to receive grace from God. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm good at extending grace to others...

I really liked this book and how it delved into some of the most famous stories of the Bible. Stanley presents them anew, embroidering and expanding on how the participants might have been feeling when they went through their trials and their triumphs. No matter how badly they failed at the task
Melissa Stebbins
Dec 17, 2010 Melissa Stebbins rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. Many people consider God as portrayed in the old testament to be vengeful compared with the picture of love displayed by Jesus. I find that quite puzzling. You don't need to read too far to find God offering forgiveness to those who don't deserve it. Andy Stanley starts in Genesis and works his way through the bible looking at how God has been offering grace to those who least deserve it from the time of Adam and Eve onwards. He ...more
Tim Chaney
Oct 12, 2011 Tim Chaney rated it liked it
I thought this was a good but not great book on the grace of God as it is demonstrated throughout the entire Bible. I appreciated Stanley's approach and strategy in the book. He essentially seeks to demonstrate how grace is not just a New Testament idea but that it is also clearly seen from start to finish in the Bible. From the very beginning God's shows grace and continues to show that He is a God of grace through the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Judah, the nation of Israel, Rahab, David, Jonah, ...more
Sep 07, 2011 wjbooks rated it really liked it
The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

I newly received The Grace of God by Andy Stanley in the mail. The book is very insightful and uplifting. It speaks to you about how God created the Earth just for us. God knew it would be good for us, which He done out of grace.

Stanley walks us through the stories of Joseph, Moses, Jonah, all the way to the New Testament of where Jesus was on Earth. Stanley points out where grace seems to be hiding in all these books in the Bible.

Stanley mentions that through God
Daniel Butcher
Oct 12, 2010 Daniel Butcher rated it really liked it
The Grace of God by Andy Stanley
Andy Stanley in The Grace of God walks readers through the Old and New Testament to gather attributes of God’s grace. Stanley shows how God’s grace was established at creation and is a thread that runs throughout the entire Bible. God’s grace is a gift, freely given and not earned. God’s grace is unfair, given to those who did not earn it. Most importantly, Stanley shows that God’s grace is for you and me and in doing so shines light on God’s deepest desire to be
Loraine Alcorn
Sep 18, 2011 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was able to read a copy of The Grace of God by Andy Stanley through book sneeze and I'm so glad I did. Andy Stanley Has created the kind of book every christian should read and read again. I love the way he has explained grace for both the christian and non christian alike. No Matter where you are in you walk with God you can lean so much from Andy Stanley's Book The Grace of God. Each page is a wealth of information that you can put in practice on a daily basis. I found Andy Stanley's ...more
Suwandy Tjin
Jun 30, 2016 Suwandy Tjin rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book with a prior mis-conception that reading the Bible is to meant to be some kind of manual for life. No matter what kind of topic you can think or name of, the Bible always has the answer for it. And consequently, my view of God and the Bible becomes some kind of moral compass that a Christian has to abide by, and He is also a judge that recorded all your past mistakes and failures. Yes, you can get salvation through Jesus but afterwards you better be careful about ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
I lead a men’s small group through the church I attend. As a group, we decided to read and discuss the book The Grace of God by Andy Stanley. I had read What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey a few years ago, so I was interested in reading Pastor Stanley’s thoughts on grace. One of the guys in the group had found a free online study guide so we used that as well as just talking in the group as to what caught our attention, anything with which we agreed, and anything with which we ...more
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Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church. He also founded North Point Ministries, which is a worldwide Christian organization.
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“Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve. Thus, it cannot be recognized or received until we are aware of precisely how undeserving we really are. It is the knowledge of what we do not deserve that allows us to receive grace for what it is. Unmerited. Unearned. Undeserved. For that reason, grace can only be experienced by those who acknowledge they are undeserving.” 0 likes
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