Back in high school, one of my favorite things in the world was getting up on stage each Sunday evening with one of my closest friends and singing for our church. We'd practice for days before, singing our hearts out and could not wait to share our enthusiasm with the church. They enjoyed it too, and we were encouraged to attend hymn sings throughout the area. Now, I don't know what these hymn sings look like in that area these days, but I can tell you back 10 years ago, bluegrass was the norm. What a contrast we were to the other performers on those nights- we were young, enthusiastic and singing our modern Christian pop tunes. Still, will loved going and hearing everyone sing.
But it wasn't just singing. Between songs, we would often hear people standing up and sharing their testimonies- amazing stories of the impact and change that God had made in their lives. But can I be honest for a moment, back then I don't think I really GOT it. Oh, I knew that God could do great things, but the full scope of what that meant? It was still beyond my understanding at that point.
I wouldn't say I grew up sheltered, exactly...but growing up in the country, I certainly hadn't seen much beyond my small county. I had not experienced a world where homelessness existed and while I had faced hardships, in the grand scheme of things I had it pretty easy. I grew up in a Christian home, and while I was allowed to come to God on my own-which I did at 17- I never had to endure any major turmoil to get there. I suppose you could say my story was rather ordinary...boring even. I didn't have the life experience outside of my little piece of the country to really, truly understand what grace was truly all about. As I have gotten older, I've better come to understand the hardships in this world and how amazing that grace truly can be. Now, I not only appreciate those testimonies more, but I thrive to hear more. In Lee Strobel's new book, The Case for Grace, that's just what I got:
Bestselling author Lee Strobel follows up his previous books with , in which Strobel travels thousands of miles to capture the inspiring stories of everyday people who have been transformed by God's amazing grace. He will draw upon his own journey as well, as he attempts to depict the "how's" and the "why's" of grace. Through it all, you will be encouraged as you see how God’s grace can revolutionize your eternity and relationships… starting today.
The stories in this book are truly nothing short of inspiring... like something out of a fictional inspirational film... but they are 100% true. With each story, I found myself thinking they could not get any better, and yet they did. I truly could not put it down. If ever you needed a reminder of just how amazing God's grace is, this is it. It's easy to imagine God forgiving someone like myself with a more 'boring' story- who has always walked the straight and narrow. But the drug addicts, the thiefs and yes, even those who have killed? That's a lot harder to wrap our minds around. But in The Case for Grace, we are reminded that God gives his grace to all of us, equally. Wow!
As I said, as I've gotten older, I've come to think I had a pretty decent understanding of grace, but reading through I found that I still had much to learn. 'Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found. Was blind but now I see.' These are more than just beautiful words, they are reality.
No matter where you are in your faith, The Case For Grace is a must read. You can purchase The Case For Grace and more from Lee Strobel at Family Christian. Stay up to date with the latest by following at the links below:Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamilyChristian
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