The fact that it talks about finding God’s grace during health issues is what really drew me in. Since I fought Lyme disease and it’s aftereffects for a decade, I’m always interested in hearing how others grew closer to God during their trials, as well. And besides, I thought the cover was pretty cool. 😉
Y’all. It’s quite sad when I don’t like a book that I thought was going to be spot-on for me. It’s extra sad when I have several of those books in a row to review. I went into this book expecting great things, but then… Well, I’ll start out with a list of things I did like, and then go to the list of things I didn’t like.
What I Liked:
- The idea behind the book. It’s encouraging to hear how God has worked in people’s lives
- There was a lot of scripture in the book, and that was encouraging
- Several of the stories left me feeling very encouraged and amazed at how God redeems
- That the people who shared in the book were willing to do so – that takes a lot of courage and I applaud that. They were real, honest, and gave God glory
- I appreciated how there were pictures of the people. I’m a visual person, so it helps to have a face to go with the story
What I Didn’t Like:
- The format of the book made me go a little bonkers. The author would introduce the topic, and then he would introduce each person who was telling their story. After they told their story, he would come back and summarize it, pulling out the main points and adding reflection questions. It felt redundant to me – I would have much rathered just hear the story once and then move on. This is totally a preference, obviously, and I think a lot of people would like the format
- I didn’t agree with some of the theology in the book – at least not how it was written. As in, there were multiple different people who told their stories in the book, and how I understood what some of them said, I disagreed with it. If we were having the conversations in person where I could ask clarifying questions, that could have made a difference
- Although some of the stories felt encouraging, other stories felt more dark than uplifting. I went into the book expecting hope and grace to spring out at me, but it felt like too much of the stories went over the wrong things that had happened in the people’s lives, instead of how God’s Grace was abundant to them. (And I understand this – we need to have the background so we can see how the grace is needed. Some of the stories just felt too focused on the background – although thankfully none of the stories had too many details)
I’m sure there are lots of people who would benefit from this book. I don’t recommend not reading it, I simply don’t recommend getting it either. It was hard for me to read because I didn’t enjoy it and don’t feel like it was incredibly uplifting (although it wasn’t discouraging either, thankfully).
I’m giving Grace Revealed 2 out of 5 Stars.
*I received this book so I could write a review
What I Listened To While Blogging:
Lindsey Stirling on Youtube
Where I Blogged:
At my desk – the night before posting because I have to leave for work early
My sister gave me potted tulips and they died and I still have them sitting on my desk in the vain hope that they’ll come back to life
Question Of The Day:
What book have you been reading recently?