I have read a large number of Max Lucado's books including his previous book, In The Grip of Grace.
I personally believe that this current book on Grace is not as good as his previous book, In The Grip of Grace. In The Grip of Grace really has a grace-transforming effect on my personal life, and that book was one of the key that lifted the burden of guilt and sins on my spiritual life.
However, for this current book, I kind of find that Max was rather fuzzy and has not really articulated well the various effects of Grace as he has done before in In The Grip of Grace.
Any how, my favorite chapter in this book is chapter 11: Heaven - Guaranteed. His illustration of the standby passengers for a canceled flight was a similar one that I have read in one of his previous books. Nevertheless, I thought this chapter on the burden of work-based salvation is a well-done chapter. In this chapter, Max says:
"Conventional wisdom draws a line through the middle of these fluctuations. Perform above this line, and enjoy God's acceptance. But dip below it, and expect a pink slip from heaven. In this paradigm a person is lost and saved multiple times a day, in and out of the kingdom on a regular basis. Salvation becomes a matter of timing. You just hope you die on an upswing. No security, stability or confidence.
This is not God's plan. He draws a line, for sure. But he draws it beneath our ups and downs..... Bridges and burned, and the transfer is accomplished. Ebbs and flows continue, but they never disqualify. Ups and downs may mark our days, but they will never ban us from his kingdom. Jesus bottom-lines our lives with grace...
On-and-off salvation never appears in the Bible. Salvation is not a repeated phenomenon. Scripture contains no example of a person who was saved, then lost, then resaved, then lost again."
Overall, I do enjoy this book, but I still believe In The Grip of Grace is a more life transforming book, so much so, at times I wonder, why did Max sort of re-write what he has already written so well before?
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