Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book review: Stumbling Into Grace

Last year I had the great pleasure of attending a Women of Faith conference here in Seattle. All of the speakers were entertaining and had great teachings to share with us, but one speaker in particular,  Lisa Harper, made me laugh until I cried.  After the conference was done, I immediately came home and started gathering up as many books by Ms. Harper as I could find.  So I was very excited when her newest book, Stumbling Into Grace, showed up on the Booksneeze book list for review. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

Humorous yet poignant stories from Lisa's life help readers relate to spiritual truths found in the life and ministry of Christ.
Stumbling Into Grace is the diary-devotional of one woman's honest, ongoing, bumbling journey of faith and how she finds encouragement through a deeper understanding of Christ's time on earth. Within each chapter she alternates her often humorous memoir with stirring portraits of Jesus and his own encounters as recorded in the New Testament.
Both intimately relevant and refreshingly inspirational, this book will help readers to jettison the theological misconceptions, guilt, shame, and hypocrisy they struggle with, exchanging them for a vibrant, passionate relationship with Christ that results in a more abundant, joyful life.

Stumbling Into Grace is just as wonderful as the other books by Lisa Harper that I've read.  Ms. Harper has a real gift for storytelling and sharing Biblical truth in a simple way.  Her stories in the chapters of this book made me laugh and they made me think and they made me feel very convicted at times! I really appreciate the way that this author shares her struggles and foibles so honestly, and then follows it up with strong Biblical teachings and encouragement. Stumbling Into Grace is what I would call a "life tune-up" book. It covers topics like becoming less critical, becoming more grateful, enjoying the gift of community, scary things, forgiveness and contentedness, to name just a few.

Each chapter of this book ends with a short prayer and questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion questions, followed by a journal writing prompt. I'm so glad to have gotten the opportunity to read Stumbling Into Grace, and I highly recommend it for any Christian woman who's looking for a good laugh and quality, relevant Biblical instruction.

Disclosure: I received this book to review as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.