Thursday, October 10, 2013

40 Days of Grace by Rich Miller

Rich Miller has spent his ministry trying to help people accept, and then keep accepting, God's perfect grace. As president of Freedom in Christ Ministries he helped develop the Grace Course which teaches this concept. In 40 Days of Grace, he has gathered his lifetime of reflections into devotional readings that thoroughly explore what it means to live a grace-filled life.
Rich has seen, time and time again, that so many of us start out excited and grateful for God's saving, rescuing grace, and yet somehow we take a wrong turn. It's as if we gradually get tricked into believing that somewhere God changed the rules and it's actually up to us to make the Christian life work. We are drawn into self-effort and forget what it is to live by grace.
40 Days of Grace is a powerful reminder of the Father who loves us and runs to meet His wayward children--a chance to rest in His grace.
My review:
   This book grabbed my attention, as I have struggled all my life with the issue of grace, feeling like I could never measure up to deserving it, which is ironic since that is what grace is all about - undeserved.
  This book is basically a 40-day devotional about God's grace. The full title is 40 Days of Grace, Discovering God's Liberating Love. All forty selections are about God's grace. They run five-six pages in length, and after the devotional part, end with these: A thought to chew on, a truth to remember, a question to mull over, and talking it over with God, which is a prayer.
  I like the idea of the book, and it is an excellent book. I have never read anything by the author, but he did a great job on this book, of bringing out what grace is all about, and what it means to us. The selections aren't long, but have a lot in them, and are interesting and easy to read. It is a book the reader should slowly read through, taking a selection each day, then reading it again. No matter where we are in our walk with God, we can all use a reminder of how great God's grace is, and just what Jesus has done for us through His death.
About the author:
Rich Miller, a man whose heart beats for renewal and revival in the church, is an author and speaker for Freedom in Christ Ministries, as well as serving as president. He has coauthored Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare, Getting Anger Under Control, and Breaking the Bondage of Legalism. He lives with his wife and four children in the mountains of western North Carolina.
   40 Days of Grace is available from Kregel Publishing.
Thanks to Kregel for the review copy.