Idleman is known for his teaching that Christians are to be fully committed to Jesus. After a message on this theme, Idleman was reminded of Hebrews 12:15. The passage admonishes us to make sure no one fails to experience the grace of God. That led Idleman on a journey resulting in this book.
We are reminded of the greatness of grace and the effect it has on our lives. We are also reminded of what can happen when we miss grace and ignore it.
This is not a theological treatise on grace. The Hebrews passage is about experiencing grace and that is what Idleman wants for his readers – experiencing grace. He helps us understand the seriousness of sin for we must realize that before we can appreciate the true beauty of grace. We see how we can be held captive by regret and remorse if we don't embrace grace. Idleman helps us in giving grace too. I like that he emphasizes the necessity of prayer, such as praying for our enemies. He reminds us that the grace we have been given is much greater than the grace we have been asked to give.
This is a powerful book. I had forgotten how important and essential grace is to my life. I was again reminded of the grace I have been given and what that means to me. I was faced with the consequences I experience when I ignore grace and some feelings of defeat in my Christian life were identified in the process. And I was reminded of how slow I am to give grace when hurt by someone else and the bitterness and pain that can result.
I highly recommend this book to all Christians. We need a change of perspective. Idleman invites us to live life looking through the lens of God's grace. His stories, illustrations and teaching are great encouragement.
You can watch the book trailer here.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Kyle Idleman is teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a bestselling and award winning author of several books and is a frequent speaker for national conventions and churches. He and his wife have four children and live on a farm.
Baker Books, 192 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.