Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Review: By Grace Alone

In By Grace Alone, Derek Prince seeks to "help you discover what really matters so you can embrace the grace of a loving, compassionate God.  It's time to stop striving, to walk away from the lies of legalism and to experience the freeing power of His all-encompassing grace."

This book is a fantastic read outlining through scriptural references the difference between the law and grace. The author not only defines these as concepts but rather seeks and succeeds at presenting the value of each in the life of every believer. Prince poignantly emphasizes the danger of living under the law and the more commonly done by Christians--combining the two.

I appreciate the authors ability to take on such a broad topic and narrow it down in order to make it understandable and relatable to the reader without over simplification. The author's constant use of Biblical verses was most helpful and did not seem repetitive.  It actually motivates the reader to read this book accompanied by the Bible.  

Throughout the eleven chapters the reader is taken into an introspective journey beginning with identifying the law and ending with abiding in God s grace. Grace is presented as encompassing the life of the believer rather than an often limited portrayal of an external "undeserved gift."

Although I could not agree with the author's theology of lumping Christian professing religious groups as actual Christians, I still consider this book a good read for those seeking a greater Biblical understanding of grace.

I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review.  This a Chosen book.

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