I am a missionary in Spain who desires for the power of the Holy Spirit to be unleashed in me, to be unabashed about the love of Christ, and unafraid to go where God calls. These are my stories in this journey of letting God have everything.

13 July 2006

What's So Amazing About Grace?

I just finished reading that book, "What's so Amazing about Grace?" byPhilip Yancey yesterday. Wow, it was good. It was eyeopening, heart breaking, and beautiful all at the same time. I want to share some of it with you so here are some quotes from the book that spoke to me.
  • There is only one thing the world cannot do that the church can - offer grace
  • Grace is shockingly personal. As Henri Nouwen points out, "God rejoices. Not because the problems of the world have been solved, not because all human pain and suffering have come to an end, not becuase thousands of people have been converted and are now praising him for his goodness. No, God rejoices because one of his children who was lost has been found."
  • The problem of pain meets its match in the scandal of grace.
  • Grace costs nothing for the recipients but everything for the giver. Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.
  • Grace delcares that we are still God's pride and joy.
  • If grace is so amazing, why don't Christians show more of it? How is it that Christians called to dispense the aroma of grace instead emit the noxious fumes of ungrace?
  • Those most conscious of another world have made the most effective Christians in this one. -C. S. Lewis
  • The world thirsts for grace. When grace descends, the world falls silent before it.
I hope these quotes have served to wet your appitite to read this book. I would highly recommend it. I wish that I had some deep theological conclusion to make about grace right now, but I don't. I just know that grace is a gift that we maybe hold onto too tightly sometimes when we should be eager to give it away. I hope you receive this gift, especially from those of us who claim to be Jesus' followers. Grace is amazing!!!

1 comment:

kelly_w said...

great book---maybe now that it's in the house (and not in use!) i should re-read it!

thanks for good quotes.