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The Case for Grace – a Book Review

I still get to read some books, but I have to put them in the bathroom.Recently my brother Tom gave me three new books. I saw a problem with the doctrine in the first, so I won’t draw attention to it with a review, but I liked the second one a lot, and am really enjoying the third, and it just seems like I should rave about them. So here’s one book review.

259176: The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives, Hardcover The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives, Hardcover
By Lee Strobel

Have you ever considered the gift of grace? This is when, despite whatever terrible things you have done, the other party decides to accept and forgive you. Not because you have done one iota to deserve it, but – out of love or pity – they don’t punish you as you deserve. In fact, they treat you as a beloved friend. Now that is GRACE!

Isn’t Grace a wonderful thing? We all want it. (We may be less inclined to offer it to others). The best grace of all, of course, is the grace that God extends toward us regarding our sin problem.

That’s the grace that legal reporter, Lee Strobel of Chicago, decided to explore. He has written 8 books in this format, such as The Case for Christ, The Case for Christmas, The Case for a Creator, and so on. (Plus other books).

In this book Strobel found nine people who had dramatic stories of needing and receiving grace from God. He admits that it was the lack of love and forgiveness from his dad that put him on this personal
quest to understand grace more fully.

The first interview/story is with Stephanie Fast. I’d heard her tell her story on Focus on the Family in the past, but this brought out aspects I had not picked up on at that time. She tells of being a mixed breed orphan on the streets in Korea, hated by all the other street children – everyone. She and another child hid at night in a rat-infested place.

A kind and caring American couple came and choose to adopt her. She tried very hard to please them, and to forget her past, but it got in the way of her relationship with God.

Finally, at a crisis point, her adoptive father asked some key questions that she had to face. When she did, the wonderful revelation came to her that Jesus knew all about her past, and he accepted her and loved her just as much then as when she had become so very American.

Jud Wilhite grew up in an evangelical church, but drifted off into drugs. When he finally came to faith in Christ, he had a hard time believing that he was worthy to work in a church, until Jesus really met him with enough grace to make it all right. Now he is a pastor in Las Vegas, and enjoys
baptizing people who have testimonies of messy lives.

It is better if you read their interview/stories for yourself, but you’ll meet all types of people who have experienced the Grace of God. People like the professor, the executioner, the homeless man, the pastor who failed, the prodigal, and in the end Lee receives grace from his own father in a back-
handed way.

This book is set up with study questions at the end for each chapter, so it would work well as a study book for a small group that meets regularly.

Anyone who comes away from this book untouched must have built a very hard shell around themselves. They really need it too! But their drama with grace may happen later.

I strongly recommend this book, and am already planning to pass it around.

Published by Zondervan and Willow Creek Associates.


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