Thursday, April 16, 2015

Everyday Grace~

Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus

Relationship. What does the word make you think of? For me, I'd say there's a hundred things that come to mind. In a relationship we're chosen, seen, and heard. We have security, acceptance and loyalty. We experience generosity, hospitality, and welcome. We find honesty, vulnerability, and kindness. 
We get to give and receive all of these things, and that's what makes relationship so wonderful and life-giving.

{Of course, we also get to give and receive pettiness, slights, offense, bitterness, criticism, anger, tension, and a host of negative drains that us dry. The human condition guarantees broken relationships.} 

We dream about the wonderful experiences, and yet we know the hard ones all too well. So who hasn't read a few books on the subject, hoping to get some wisdom and insight to make the whole thing smoother?
Likely that's why you picked this book up, because you want to learn more about relationship grace. 
Prepare to be surprised and refreshed!

*Everyday Grace* by Jessica Thompson is a great read, because it isn't a book focused on what we should do. 
Relationships are already based too much on performance- the last thing we need is a "Try harder!" 
This book doesn't say try harder- it says "Look, meditate, and rest. Christ has done everything." 

This is one of those books that saturates your soul with the goodness of the Gospel. It awes you, because it magnifies the Lord- turning on the zoom lens, as it were, and showing you Christ's beauty up close. It floods your mind with the knowledge that because He's so good, we're so very safe. Because He is perfect Love, we're securely loved. Because He laid Himself bare on the cross for us, we know we're perfectly understood. Because He is our High Priest, He is interceding for our every sorrow and every happiness. Looking at the evidence of His care that this book presents, we see that there's nothing but hope. 

We see the way Christ relates to us, and then we look at how these truths resonate in our human/human interactions. Christ is our Friend, our Older Brother, our Savior. 

And oh, this book will spur you to praise Him!

Thank you Bethany House for my review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion. You folks have published some awesome titles recently- Timothy Willard's Longing for More, Matt Papa's Look and Live, Peter Chin's Blindsided by God, Jeff Kemp's Facing the Blitz, and Jessica Thopmson's Everyday Grace. 

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