Saturday, March 25, 2017

Grace Is Greater by Kyle Idleman

Grace Is Greater: God's Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story is an experiential journey through the truth of God's grace, written by Kyle Idleman. This is not a theological study or a workbook to help you work out the lessons of God's grace in your own life. Instead, this is a book full of stories and lessons designed to help you experience God's grace as it has played out in other people's lives, so you may be more open to receiving and recognizing His grace in your own life.

Kyle uses his witty sense of humor to keep us in check on this path, making sure we don't take God's grace for granted or overlook it. In the prologue, Kyle directs us to Hebrews 12:15, which says, "See to it that no one misses the grace of God. And that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." (NIV 1984). That is the premise of this book; to make sure that no one "misses" or "fails to receive" or "fails to obtain" or "fails to experience" the grace of God.

Through a series of personal stories, including some from his own life, Kyle guides us through examples that illustrate Grace Is Greater than your mistakes (guilt, brokenness, and regrets), your hurts (wounds, bitterness, vengeance, and resentment), and your circumstances (disappointments, weakness, and despair). He reminds us that the amount of grace we may receive is always just the right amount for the present moment; meaning that the greater our need for grace, the more grace we can receive. He is also quick to point out that our ability to receive God's grace is directly linked to our ability to share and show grace to others while we're here on earth.

This is one of the few books I've read lately that I believe would be a good choice for anyone to read, regardless of your circumstances or where you're at in your personal journey with God. We all need God's grace, and we could all use reminders of why it's so important to seek it out. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

About the author (copied from back cover):
Kyle Idleman is teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America, where he speaks to more than twenty thousand people each weekend. He is the bestselling and award-winning author of Not a Fan, as well as Gods at War and The End of Me. He is a frequent speaker for national conventions and influential churches across the country. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children and live on a farm.
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