The Grace Awakening Hardcover – Nov 19 2003
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About the Author
Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as senior pastor to congregations in Texas, Massachusetts, and California. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.
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Renowned as a Christian communicator, Swindoll serves as senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary and host of the internationally syndicated radio program "Insight for Living." A prolific and award-winning author, he has written more than 30 bestselling books and received 11 Gold Medallion Awards, with this book qualifying as one of his best ever.
Exhibiting candor and conviction, Swindoll contrasts liberty with legalism and warns readers to be wary of the three tools of legalism, or grace-killers, as he calls them: doctrinal heresy, ecclesiastical harassment and personal hypocrisy. As he explains it, legalists disturb and distort by twisting truth, spying and enslaving, and lying and deceiving others.
In the chapter titled "The Grace to Let Others Be," Swindoll compares the two different dimensions of grace. "Vertical grace centers on our relationship to God. It is amazing. It frees us from the demands and condemnation of the Mosaic Law," he writes. "Horizontal grace centers on our human relationships. It is charming. It frees us from the tyranny of pleasing people and adjusting our lives to the demands and expectations of human opinion."
To encourage readers as they awaken to grace, Swindoll reminds them that at least three things are involved in the process: it takes time, it requires pain and it means change.Read more ›
For me this book took the "fear" out of religon. Yes "the fear of the L-rd is the beginning of wisdom." But there is a "fear that hath torment," which is the fear produced by dictators who subject their congregations to a "yoke of bondage," using fear as a motivation for serving the L-rd.
Charles Swindoll has written a beautiful that is perfect for those who don't know what it is like to experience the "joy" of their "salvation."
Among the many excellent points Swindoll covers include:
1. Jesus focused on the heart instead of a list of requirements.
2. Strategies for resisting legalism.
3. Principles of disagreeing agreeably.
4. Working in the flesh is unacceptable to the Lord.
5. Characteristics of those who display grace to others.
6. Be careful of comparing yourself to others!
7. While other people may be impressed with us, God isn't!
8. Areas that can keep us from growing in grace.
An excellent and highly recommended book, allow God to work through you to extend grace to others!
The Grace Awakening, Swindoll's best-selling work, is able to systematically respond to and dismantle movements of legalism within the Christian community. Never bombastic in its approach, the book always treats Christians of other persuasions with respect. It truly presents the message of grace "graciously."
I particularly enjoyed the rich imagery in the book, such as the retelling of the story of freed Civil-War era slaves who, although emancipated, nevertheless refused to leave the plantations---a striking portraiture of Christians who remain in legalistic bondage, inspite of the freedom that Christ wishes for them to experience.
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This is one of the most profound books I have read. I keep going back to it!Published 7 months ago by Paula A
Charles Swindoll goes slowly and deliberately through scripture to show what grace is and isn't. Grace and the liberty that is found in it results in a desire to live each moment... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by Kevin Groat