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Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)

Max Lucado is a craftsman who shapes words into memorable and inspiring insights. His latest creation is Grace, a much-needed message which will remain with you long after you’ve finished its pages. “Grace is God’s best idea,” Lucado asserts. “His decision to ravage people by love, to rescue passionately and restore justly — what rivals it? Of all his wondrous works, grace, in my estimation, is the magnum opus.”

The author points out that many Christians find it easier to trust the miracle of the resurrection than the miracle of grace, still fearing God’s disappointment with our failures, resulting in weariness and discouragement. Lucado shows us through scripture that of all the things we must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them, saying, “You have it. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace. You can rest now.”

Lucado’s writing is vivid and illustrative, as he explains the abundance of God’s grace. “Plunge a sponge into Lake Erie. Did you absorb every drop? Take a deep breath. Did you suck the oxygen out of the atmosphere? God has enough grace to solve every dilemma you face, wipe every tear you cry and answer every question you ask.” Lucado makes his points in such an approachable, understandable way, often expressed through stories of real people, taken both from scripture and from today’s world. And there is a handy, chapter-by-chapter guide in the back of the book, perfect for personal or group study.

Grace is a great read, especially for those in need of refreshing. Lucado’s message urges the anxious, harried believer to relax, breathe a sigh of relief and rest in the knowledge that the Father’s grace is, indeed, sufficient for every need.