Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Case for Grace {Review}

 I received a free copy of The Case for Grace from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way for writing the review. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Grace...is a lovely sounding word, isn't it? It sounds beautiful and more than that it means beauty. One definition of grace (from dictionary.com) says grace is "elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action." Isn't it interesting that it also means favor & goodwill?" The type of grace that God gives is both of these. A sort of beautiful favor, not deserved, not earned, but freely given out of love.

"Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given."
~John 1:16

Yep, all of us. He has grace for all of us, no matter our sin, no matter our shame.
Here is an excerpt from my favorite chapter from The Case for Grace:
    Cody turned and found Michelle looking him straight in the eyes.
    "Sir," she said simply, "You look like you need a hug."
    Cody was aghast. A hug?  He was gaunt, his hair matted, his beard scraggly, his clothes dirty and stained, his teeth rotting in his mouth. A hug? He shook his head. "Ma'am, I haven't taken a shower in three months," he said. "I smell horrible."
    Michelle smiled. "You don't smell to me," she said-and then she wrapped her arms around him. Again, she looked him in the eyes. "Do you know," she said, "that Jesus loves you?"
    Jesus can't love me, Cody was thinking. I'm homeless. Jesus can't love me. I'm a drug addict. I'm a bad man.
  "Jesus loves you," she repeated.
~From page 117; Chapter 6: The Homeless

The Case for Grace shares some amazing stories of how God's grace will meet us wherever we are in our lives. You can never be too far from God and his merciful goodness and love for us is always there waiting for us. There is truly hope for the hopeless. The book shares 9 chapters with an introduction and an epilogue. From stories of an orphan girl that learns early that she is worthless to a homeless addict to an executioner to Strobel's own story of the mistake he believed himself to be, you'll learn about the transformation of Christ's love.

You can get your very own copy of The Case for Grace here. It is available as a hard cover, soft cover, and audiobook on CD.

Who wants this?
We would recommend this book for teens and adults, those searching for God's grace, and folks that work with people that are hurting. You can read the first two chapters to see how it fits your family and ministry needs. Poppa has used several of Strobel's books to teach Sunday School for both adults and teens. This book would also be a perfect fit for Sunday School or Bible Study classes.

How we Plan to use it in our Homeschool
Ceesa has read several of Strobel's Case for... books for kids. While this book includes many details that Ceesa is not ready to confront, I would like to get The Case for Grace Student Edition to see if she's ready to tackle those issues.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

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