I love books! Reading is one of my favorite and most relaxing pastimes. My favorite ‘genre’ of books to read is typically referred to as something along the lines of “Christian Living.” Honestly. That’s my favorite. I can walk into a Lifeway Bookstore and become consumed with the books. I have half of them on my own bookshelf. I just love the wisdom in those books, the new insights and different perspectives.  I learn so much, but it’s way more enjoyable than reading a textbook. (Disclaimer: Discernment is always used to make sure these books are based on Biblical principles, and no matter how much scripture is used in the text, these books are not a substitute for the Bible.)

So because I love books so much, I figured some of you do too. I’ve decided to share a book with you near the beginning of each month. Just general things such as why I love it, what I learned, why you should read it, etc. Hopefully my “Books” category will be a good resource for you when you’re looking for a new book. Also feel free to comment any of your favorite books that you think I should check out!

Grace

The first book I want to recommend to you all is entitled Grace by Max Lucado. This is a book I read near the beginning of December. Grace is different in that I didn’t necessary feel challenged or really had to sit and let all the information sink it. Instead, when I read this book, I felt like I should be wrapped cozy with a blanket and a cup of caramel coffee in my hand.

The book is about- you guessed it- grace! He takes the idea of grace to much deeper levels. He emphasizes why grace is so precious and how it should shape our lives. His ideas have allowed me to grow a greater appreciation for this beautiful gift that we so often take for granted. The tagline for the book reads, “More than we deserve. Greater than we imagine.”

Grace gives a new look into the life of Jesus- how His love and grace should not only transform our lives but be reflected in our lives toward others. This book changed my heart. It inspired the name of this blog- Awed by Grace. I’m also currently leading a small Bible study based on my favorite chapters in the book. If you’re not yet convinced that you want to read this book, I’m going to leave you with my favorite line, quoted on the back cover and before the first chapter starts:

God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you.

Lucado, Max. Grace. Nashville: Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins Christian Publishing, Inc., 2012. Print.

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