Friday, October 18, 2013

One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World by Tullian Tchividjian, ©2013

I have been greatly encouraged by the emergence of a new generation of committed and articulate Christian leaders—and my grandson Tullian Tchividjian is certainly in the forefront of this development. His deep understanding of the gospel and his unique ability to communicate its timeless truths with compassion and insight have already had a profound impact on countless men and women. May God use this book to expand your understanding of what Jesus Christ has already done for you.
   --Billy Graham

Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God's inexhaustible grace―His one-way love.
Real life is long on law and short on grace―the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us―a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief. Sadly, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living―and the judgments that result from them―rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.

In this "manifesto," Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith―grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It's shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated . . . but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church―and the world―on fire.

My Review:

A reminder that God's Grace to us is not dependent upon our performance. It is His reaching to us and not our striving to Him.
Grace: A Gift Eternal
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
   --Romans 3:20-24
We become aware of sin through law.
I have come to set the captives free.
   --Luke 4:18
Law cannot set us free; cannot lead us by controlling what we believe will keep us from falling. Rather, standing with Christ and what He has done for us, and reached to us belies our striving to do for Him to keep us afloat. He is enough. Nothing we can do will make Him love us more. He loves us. Period.

Two examples of note are Victor Hugo's Les Misérables and the part where the constable brings Jean Valjean to the Bishop, accused of stealing the silver. Not only does Bishop Bienvenu not accuse him, but says, "You forgot the candlesticks." Mercy. The other is the story of Zacchaeus, whose name means "pure." His joyful replenishment was not before but after the grace given to him by Jesus. He just loved him, without demands.

God's Grace is inexhaustible. There is more, so much, much more readily available for us ~ to receive.

There will be one giveaway copy of One Way Love available! 

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Tullian Tchividjian William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal.
   A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway). He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God's grace.
   When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children--Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.

Product Details:
Book - Paperback Trade  
Publisher: David C Cook (October 1, 2013)
ISBN: 0781406900  
ISBN-13: 9780781406901
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