Grace: A Bigger View of God's Love by Randy Alcorn
Harvest House: 7/1/16
eBook review copy; 224 pages
Grace: A Bigger View of God's Love by Randy Alcorn is a very highly recommended daily devotional which focuses on God's grace.
"Because of Christ’s work, God’s door is always open, his supply of
grace always overflowing. May we remember each day just how desperately
we need the grace of Jesus. Because of his freely given grace, we have
every reason for gratitude and happiness."
Grace features 203 daily meditations that begin with a scripture
verse, followed by brief thoughts from Alcorn, and conclude with
inspirational quotes. Alcorn says, "I hope you’ll spend time meditating
on the brief reflections, great
quotations, and Scriptures in this book. God promises that his Word
'will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it' (Isaiah 55:11)."
The short (1 page or less) devotions have a natural built in versatility. The brief meditations in this daily guide can be the
impetus for further reflection and memory work, or a quick daily reminder of
how we need to accept God's continued grace and how much grace we have
already received from Christ. They may be short, but there certainly is much that can cause further reflection and study.
Because I received this as an advanced review copy, I didn't have the luxury to use Grace as
Alcorn hoped it would be used - as a daily devotional - but rather had
to read it quickly. The good news is that I can now go back and reread
the passages, memorize verses, and reflect on the daily messages.
We all need grace. I still reflect on a message I heard years ago: "It's
been said that learning to respond gracefully
to ungraciousness is like learning to play the piano....if you didn't
people who treat you ungraciously, you'd never have the opportunity to
practice grace of your own." Alcorn's devotional can help us all reach
that point where we can practice grace of our own because of the grace
God has extended to us.
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher for review