When I got an email about a new book called The Grace Effect, and read the synopsis, I immediately knew that it was a book that I really wanted to read. Here's a bit about this book, from the press release that I received:
About The Grace Effect:"Simply defined, the ‘grace effect’ is an observable phenomenon—that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes.”What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues? Not much, according to the secular Left. The world, they say, would be a better place without it.Historian and Christian apologist Larry Taunton has spent much of his career refuting just this sort of thinking, but when he encounters Sasha, a golden-haired orphan girl whose life has been shaped by atheistic theorists, he discovers an unlikely champion for the transforming power of grace.Through the narrative of Sasha’s redemption, we see the false promises of socialism; the soul-destroying influence of unbelief; and how a society cultivates its own demise when it rejects the ultimate source of grace. We see, in short, the kind of world the atheists would give us: a world without Christianity—cold, pitiless, and graceless.And yet, as Sasha shows us, it is a world that is not beyond the healing power of “the grace effect.” Occasionally infuriating, often amusing, but always inspiring, The Grace Effect will have you cheering for the courageous little girl who shamed the academic elitists of our day.
As I've mentioned here before, I have spent about 15 months living in Ukraine and working as a missionary. On my first trip I spent 3 months in western Ukraine, and then later I lived for a year in eastern Ukraine. While I was living in the country, I met lots of wonderful people and really enjoyed getting to see the country and learn more about its history. That all being said, Larry Taunton really gets it right with this book. The Ukraine that I lived in ten years ago was a seriously depressed, overly bureaucratic, hopeless place. I really appreciated Mr. Taunton's descriptions in his book of why Ukraine is the way that it is, and what has happened in this country's history.
The Grace Effect starts out with a very intense retelling of a discussion between the author and a famous atheist. This was a little daunting for me, as I'm not really into such discussions. However, after this prologue, the book becomes the story of the author and his wife's adoption of a young girl named Sasha from Ukraine. Mr. Taunton has a gift for descriptions, and I really got a sense of what he experienced during his time in Ukraine. He also does a good job of showing how profoundly Christianity has affected our culture, in many varied ways, some which we don't even realize. I really enjoyed reading this book and almost finished it on the night I started it, but then started to get sleepy and decided to finish it the next day so that I didn't miss anything.
If you have any interest in the topic of international adoption, or atheism or Eastern Europe, I'd highly recommend checking out this book. It's descriptive, though-provoking and very well written.
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