This book gave me an increased understanding of the breadth of God's grace. I had generally associated grace with salvation. I found out from this book that grace has a much larger role in how we live our lives than I had ever imagined.
God's grace empowers us to make our lives effective and fruitful. Henderson goes to Col. 1:5-6 to show the connection between grace and bearing fruit. I also found out that grace is not just a theological concept but should be a spiritual experience. (p. 46) Henderson uses the story of the woman caught in adultery to show the relationship between grace and shame. I was impressed with the insight that shame does not motivate us to righteousness and holiness. Being forgiven and freed from condemnation empowers us to live our new identity. Henderson uses other passages to reveal the relationships of mercy and grace, repentance and grace, bitterness and grace, grace and the gifts, and even grace and grease.
I was probably surprised the most with Henderson's teaching on levels of grace – and he shows it using Scripture passages. Having associated grace with salvation and vaguely with living the Christian life, I had not considered we could experience levels of grace. “The grace of God in our lives is a result of intimacy as we get to know Him.” (p. 188) The more we know Him, the more we walk in grace. Grace should always be increasing in our lives, empowering us to be more effective and fruitful.
I really appreciated this book on grace. I learned a great deal, perhaps because Henderson is very good at helping readers like me understand biblical concepts and then translate my understanding into purposeful living. I recommend this book.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Robert Henderson is a global apostolic leader teaching others to see clearly truth contained in Scripture. He and his wife have six children and a growing number of grandchildren. They live in Midlothian, Texas.
Chosen, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.