Book Review: Grace Is Greater

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Grace is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story


This is the first Kyle Idleman book that I read. Just when I needed to forgive someone, Grace Is Greater came to my rescue—a very timely read indeed.

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The author’s willingness to be vulnerable by sharing almost everything—not leaving out the ugly parts of his stories—is commendable. I especially love his humor, which is sprinkled on random parts of the book, so random that I would find myself smiling then crying; praying then crying; and crying then smiling again during the entire read.

I can’t believe I finished reading the book in its entirety in just two-weeks time. That’s how engaging it has been! Turning its last page was a bittersweet moment.

The grace stories included in this book are moving and amazing at the same time because they’re all real. Reading this book made me recall the grace I’ve experienced in my own life through the years.

I recommend this writing to people who want to know more about grace, especially to those who want to appreciate grace more than ever.

With the author, I’ll echo: Grace is greater!


Pick up a copy of Grace Is Greater through the following links:
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Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

My Bookworm Journey

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I came to know Omf Literature when I was 3 years into college, though I don’t remember now exactly what brought me to their store at Boni Avenue. Most likely, the Left Behind series, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye being on sale was what drew me to the place. At the time, I could buy only a book or two at once, so I’ve had to keep coming back to the store until I almost completed the series.  Then, a friend gave me a copy of Philip Yancey’s “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” which has become one of my favorites. Later on, I found out that it was also published by OMF. That, I think, jump-started my bookworm journey.  I’ve discovered and got fond of various authors and their works over time. Now, I’m a certified bibliophile—a staggering fact, which my mother and brother are having a difficult time to accept to this day.

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Save for 5 books, all of these are some of the prizes I’ve won through OMF’s online contests via their Facebook page. Sometimes, I still can’t believe they could be as generous as they’ve been through the years. I still get excited whenever they put up a new contest or raffle, which they often do; so do yourself a favor by visiting their Facebook page every once in a while. You’re welcome!

 

To The Youth Leaders

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I’ll always be astounded by how God works in our hearts enabling us to put others before ourselves because for many (including myself), it doesn’t come by default. These people, they don’t get paid to do this—almost every week, they meet to discuss ways to draw young people to Christ; there have been times when they would go hungry when funds were not enough; they sacrifice time with family, friends, and rest; they endure scoldings from parents for doing church stuff; add to all these their being underappreciated. Some of them hold full-time jobs, the rest are students—meaning their hands are already full, but despite it all, here they are, pouring their hearts out…

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“Dear Youth Leaders, know that what you do is creating an impact so great that it can turn things around for so many young people out there. I, for one, know that doesn’t seem like so most of the time, but your impassioned endeavors are changing lives everywhere. Keep at it!” 

Book Review: The Real God

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The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him

Receiving a print copy of this book was more than a delighting surprise. It’s got a simple book cover. It’s kind of thick—almost 300 pages, but it’s never a boring read. All throughout, I’ve been eager to devour its every page, albeit the author did not have a sense of humor.

Ingram_RealGod_wSpine.inddThis is the first Chip Ingram book that I was able to read. I didn’t know much about the author; but through this book, I got to know him—and the real God even better. The author succeeded in making the attributes of God more comprehensible for ordinary people like myself. It made a number of subjects—justification, sanctification, and glorification—clear to me.

My tears have welled up many times while devouring the gems in this book. It was able to draw me again and again to the God who’s so loving and faithful yet just.

I love the “Live It Out—B.I.O.” portions. This is where readers are encouraged to pray about what has been covered by certain chapters. These include practical tips that we can apply to our lives and things that we can do alongside others. These prompted me to have the stuff written in these sections printed out on a few index cards for easy access.

Part of Chip Ingram’s life story, which he generously shared in this book, has encouraged me and even helped increase my faith in God.

Even before I read it in its entirety, it has already become one of my favorite books of all time! It even made me look forward to reading all of Chip Ingram’s other books.

Here are some of my favorite excerpts from this amazing book:

Pick up a copy of The Real God through the following links:
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Christian Book
Goodreads

Living On The Edge Website

Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Still Getting Used To It

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Everything needs some getting used to, right? Then when we reach that point wherein something has already become part of our system, it becomes hard to even think about how we were able to live without it.

I’ve been doing this for years, and I must say I still haven’t got used to it. Before I get up on stage and even while I’m at it, I still feel a bit queasy yet excited at the same time. My palms sweat so much that I need to get ready a pair of handkerchiefs every single time!

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