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Grace Intervention: Understanding God's Beautiful Gift of Grace

by Bill Giovannetti

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Bill Giovannetti wants to make church safe for “normal Christians”—for “seekers and doubters, addicts and therapists...humble people...broken people with more problems than solutions...” He wants a church where the everyday struggles of everyday people are as much works of wonder as the words of wonderful preachers, and where grace isn’t something we don’t deserve—it’s something we do deserve because Jesus does, and he dwells in us. Fuelled by that knowledge, grace might result in surprisingly small or great works. But without it, none of our works will ever fuel grace.

I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed its reminder that the least successful among us are just as great and as grace-filled as the greatest. I enjoyed its comfort that I shouldn’t be guilted into doing what others think my faith demands. And I enjoyed its wisdom, analyzing the church’s many different historical and theological stances; the arguments about grace plus works, Savior plus Lord, faith plus or minus whatever.

Okay, the arguments get a little slow and heavy at times. The author knows his stuff, where stuff means history, theology, doctrine, books... and people. But this is a great book, equally for those of deeply read enthusiasm, and for those who haven’t time to study because their lives are too busy. It’s an enjoyably empowering book, and a powerfully joy-filled read. It just might be a call to a more powerful sort of faith as well, where grace intervenes.

Disclosure: I heard the author at a conference, and a friend bought the book but let me read it first. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Mar 4, 2015 |
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