Sunday, January 22, 2012
Book Review- The Grace Effect by Larry Alex Taunton
The Grace Effect is written by Larry Alex Taunton and published by Thomas Nelson. I started reading this book with the impression that it was more of a lengthy - and possibly boring - exposition of Christian grace. I found that it's a great exposition of grace, but is by no means boring.
What would a world without grace look like? That is the basic question asked in the text. The answer comes by way of showing rather than telling, specifically in showing what life is like for those who live in a godless society, one that that is filled with atheism, socialism, and an all-around lack of grace as the authentic Christian knows it. We see, through the eyes of Sasha, a ten-year-old Ukrainian girl, that life without God is a life without anything worth having.
Larry Taunton writes a powerful narrative that chronicles his family's time in the Ukraine as they jump through the hoops in the long process of adopting Sasha. In the end, Sasha herself shows the Tauntons what the "Grace Effect" is really all about as she receives God's grace into her life and rises above all the wickedness that atheism produced all around her.
I have to say that I absolutely devoured this book. I couldn't wait to get to the end so that I could find out how the whole adoption went, how Sasha is doing now, and especially how GRACE won out. I recommend The Grace Effect highly.
**I received a copy of The Grace Effect in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinions expressed are my own.**