"Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off." - Max Lucado in Page 7 of his book Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
I've always been taken by grace. I hear the word and it just does something to my heart. I reckon it's because I know I have been given so much of it. And that often I forget to pass the grace that has been so generously given to me on to people who are in need of it, too.
I accept grace but often refuse to give it away. Then a book like this comes along and I am reminded just how much I've been forgiven, just how much I am loved, and just how rotten I really am, and how only grace can lift me up from this pit.
I read this book slowly, savoring every chapter, often pausing to think about what I'd just read. Max Lucado just has a way of explaining things that even my heart can understand. And that's what he does, speaks right into my heart.
So if you're looking for a book to make you just a little bit kinder and more compassionate and to remind you just how much you are loved, go on a give this one a try.
"Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart--poisoned as it is with pride and pain--replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change. Do you clean up so he can accept you? No, he accepts you and begins cleaning you up. His dream isn't just to get you into heaven but to get heaven into you. What a difference this makes! Can't forgive your enemy? Can't face tomorrow? Can't forgive your past? Christ can, and he is on the move, agressively budging you from graceless to grace-shaped living." - Max Lucado (Page 9)