Sunday, August 7, 2011

Book Review: Stumbling Into Grace

In Stumbling Into Grace, Lisa Harper graciously shares lessons she’s learned about Real Life, Real Gifts, and Real Growth (five lessons of each in that order). She begins each chapter with a statement to tell us just what she’s been thinking about. Then she tells a personal story—sometimes humorous, sometimes serious or sad, and often thought-provoking. From there she moves to a passage from Scripture (usually, but not always, from the NIV) that helps us understand what Jesus had to say about the subject on Lisa’s mind. Next she fleshes it out for us in a section called, “The Heart of His Story.” She wraps things up with a prayer, questions for personal reflection or group discussion, and a journal entry prompt.

I loved reading this book! (And not just because the cover is adorable!) Lisa’s insights are profound—and they are backed first by Scripture, then by authors and scholars such as Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis. Anita Renfroe’s in there, too! In fact, because I kept flipping to the back of the book to see where Harper found all this amazing information, my must-read list grew quite a bit.

I recommend this book as an immediate read to any woman who is looking to be convinced that God loves her absolutely and is waiting eagerly for her to fall right into His arms. I also recommend it for women who are seeking ways to grow in that love. I was most comfortable with it as a personal study book, but it could work for a small group of women who know each other well. Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I’m putting it on one of my keeper shelves!

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