From beginning to end, the Bible is, at the core, the story of grace. Even before Adam and Eve gave into the serpent’s lies, God’s plan for humanity centered on grace. And contrary to what many believe, Andy Stanley asserts, the Law is not the opposite of grace. The two complete each other. Without one, the other can not exist. By taking a stroll through the Bible, from Old Testament to New, The Grace of God outlines the story of grace, and explains it in Stanley’s trademark simple, yet profound way.
I found this book to be a huge piece of a puzzle I’ve been trying to solve for most of my life. In spite of growing up in a Christian home and a Bible-teaching church, I’ve never really understood the concept of grace. I’ve always believed, in part, that it was something I had to earn, while at the same time, knowing the Bible taught that grace was a gift. Throughout the book, Stanley uses the stories of some of the most beloved (and often misunderstood) characters to explain the true meaning of grace and to debunk its most popular myths.
If you’ve ever heard Stanley preach, you’ll hear his voice on every page. His easy-going preaching style translates nicely onto the written page. And as always, his commitment to teaching the truth in love is met in an uncompromising, yet “un-preachy” way.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who thinks they understand grace because it will only deepen that understanding. And for the person who, like me, has been trying to grasp the meaning of grace in some way, this book will bring understanding within reach.