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Book Review: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado

Yes, as Max Lucado phrases it, I believe much of the time, I have settled for "wimpy grace." This is the kind of grace "that occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sing, never causes trouble, or demands a response."Grace in my mind has been elusive and abstract. . .or something to say before a meal. I've been a Christian since my mid-twenties but it still has been difficult for me to understand. I grew up with the teaching that if you did something bad, you had a "come-uppance" coming. . .and I have struggled to think differently since. I knew I was saved by the grace of God when I accepted him but to really internalize hasn't been easy.

Max Lucado's latest book, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, has been a tool to help me see myself as someone that God could lavish Grace upon. . .and you are that someone too. Max Lucado's mixture of prose and Bible verses can help you see grace more clearly. According to…

Book Review: The River by Michael Neale

The River is where it all begins. Gabriel Clarke witnesses a terrible event at The River in the Colorado Rockies when he is 5 years old. It was an event that rocks his world and changes his life forever. Soon afterwards, Gabriel moves from The River to Kansas. While he is surrounded by people who love him there, he is also full of fear and resentment related to that terrible event and he struggles to "do life."

Then one day a friend offers Gabriel an opportunity to return to The River in Colorado. After some initial hesitation, he takes it and steps away from his life in Kansas to have this adventure. After all of the years away, something comes alive again within Gabriel at The River. More importantly, he is finally able to release his fears and anger to claim his true destiny--a wonderful, adventurous destiny that he was created for.

I read this book in one day. It is easy reading prose. . .but that doesn't mean there aren't deep truths to ponder within the pages…