Everyday Grace, by Jessica Thompson

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Infusing All Your Relationships With the Love of Jesus is the subtitle of this book that takes a look at how grace can bring restoration in specific areas of our lives that are often the most difficult — our relationships. The author begins by setting forth this truth: we are all fatally flawed and in desperate need of the one perfect God to change us. Only Jesus can redeem our hearts and enable us to love others better as we personally experience the extravagant love of God. Each chapter focuses on different types of relational ties: family, friends, marriage, community, church, and coworkers. These are examined in light of God’s relationship with us in that regard, for example, God Our Father and Our Relationships With Our Children; Jesus Our Friend and our Friendships; The Holy Spirit Our Comforter/Helper and Our Relationships With Difficult People. The author effectively applies Biblical principles in explaining how God empowers us to extend grace to everyone in our lives by understanding and accepting the divine roles He models for us. I only wish that more examples were included to illustrate these truths. While the author repeatedly shares her own sinful tendencies and faults, I would have appreciated personal stories of grace in real relationships to bring this teaching to life. Nothing is more encouraging to me than hearing how heartbreaking situations have been transformed by (painfully and imperfectly) living out the truth of God’s Word. It is also important to remember that only God can change a person’s heart, and our best efforts will not always be reciprocated. I do recommend this book for anyone whose connections with others could use some fresh grace.

Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House blogger review program in exchange for an honest appraisal.

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