Pastor Andy Stanley paints a picture of God’s grace for mankind in his book The Grace of God. Using stories from the Bible, he shows how the grace of God has been extended to those who don’t deserve it. Starting at the very beginning with Adam and Eve and moving through to the Great Commission, Mr. Stanley clearly tells his audience that grace isn’t fair, not by modern standards. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. If it were “fair”, it would no longer be grace. Andy Stanley also offers advice on how to let yourself receive and extend God’s grace to others. Walk through the Bible, briefly, and see just how God has demonstrated His grace to the people of the world.
All in all, a pretty good book. Admittedly, it took me like, two months to read, but not for lack of goodness as a book. It’s deep without being “let’s drown in it” deep, which is good because it means it’s easier to understand. I found myself nodding at statements and underlining a good portion of the book. The only issues I take with it, which is trivial to a lot of people, is that the author doesn’t capitalize pronouns referring to God/Jesus. I’m sorry but even if you said “Jesus” earlier in the sentence, that doesn’t mean the pronoun referring to Him later in the line isn’t capitalized. It really bothered me, actually, especially since Mr. Stanley is a pastor. He also mentions karma, once, but it still struck me as an odd place for that word. I understand that it was written because it sums up the “you reap what you sow” thought but still. Like I said, they’re kind of trivial issues but ones that were big for me. Those things don’t take away from the message in the book though. God intends grace to be for everyone, even those who aren’t “good” or “church people”.
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