Friday, December 17, 2010

Book review: The Discipline of Grace

When I'm reviewing a book for this blog, I often will mark the pages that really spoke to me, in an effort to remember what I want to share here.  For The Discipline of Grace, I didn't have any sticky notes handy, so I started turning down the tiniest corner of the pages that I liked.  My friends- the book looks ridiculous now- pretty much every third page has the corner turned down.  If I'd been using a highlighter, I'm pretty sure the whole thing would be bright yellow. There are just so many nuggets of wisdom in here.

The Discipline of Grace is written by Jerry Bridges, and is available from NavPress. Here's a tiny bit about it, from the publisher's website:
If you've wondered what about the difference between your role and God's role in your spiritual formation, this book will show you how to rest in Christ while pursuing a life of holiness.
I have read a lot of Christian books in my life, but few like this one. Like many believers, I alternate between being lazy in my faith, and trying too hard with the wrong motivation. Dr. Bridges speaks to that, and gets to the heart of many other issues of grace and discipline and how those two really do work together.  Much of the time when I was reading the book, I felt like I was being simultaneously comforted and poked with a stick and told to get moving.  Reading this book forces you to really look at your faith and your actions and be honest about the role of the gospel in your own life. 

The Discipline of Grace is only 13 chapters long, but it's by no means a light, quick read. Every chapter is stuffed full, and even a speed reader like me had to slow down and take my time to make sure I didn't miss anything. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to re-examine your faith and your walk with God, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It's a fabulous, inspiring tool.

I know I marked lots of quotes and pages to share here, but in the end I think the book is best summed up by the quote on the back cover :)  "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace." 

If you'd like to read a sample from the book, one is available at this link.

Disclosure: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.