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Gift Guide. Current Promotions. Ornaments: View More. Kim Lawrence. Tracie Peterson. This type of realism and brutal honesty is typically lacking in the stories we tell of God's grace, but it is exactly what is needed in our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. An inaccurate, incomplete, or sugar-coated depiction of grace does no one any good. People need to know that God is good, that He is able to do what He wills, and that He is there with us in the trenches.
His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. His grace is sufficient to overcome our brokenness.
Author | Bob Bevington
Almost ten years ago, another book took the Christian publishing world by storm. Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz spoke about the intersection of faith and life in a way that resonated with millions of readers because it was real. It was messy. It was totally honest, and Miller made no effort to hide his own failures from the world.
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Like me, Coffey and Bevington enjoyed reading this book in large part because of Miller's fresh and engaging writing style, but they also shared my concerns. The gospel was missing. So while Blue Like Jazz was very "real", it lacked the ability to truly transform readers.
It could help us think differently and in my case, better about our faith, but it could not introduce us to the God of all Grace. Red Like Blood is an attempt to reach readers in the same way, while directing them to the cross of Christ. I think Coffey and Bevington have succeeded. This is a wonderful book! The authors of Red Like Blood contend that God's plan of redemption does resolve.
It resolves at the cross, and that is where we encounter the glory and grace of God. We cannot shy away from dealing with sin. We cannot separate God's love from His justice and wrath. While some aspects of God's love are certainly reflected in the tension of jazz music, his grace is not blue. It is red. Like blood. Miller was right, though, that people need to be shown how to live and love as Christ did. This book does just that, and does it well. I hope you will check out the Red Like Blood website, where the authors continue the conversation.
You can buy the book here. Aug 20, Jonathan Roberts rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , There is nothing in the world like it. No matter how many stories you hear about it the stories still move you. What is this? Nope it's grace.
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God's grace. I have read countless books on it and I am always surprised at how I can still be blown away by God's grace. I praise Him that it never gets old to read about it. No matter how many books you have read about grace you need to read this one as well. I found myself encouraged, excited, emotional and convicted. There were There is nothing in the world like it. There were times in this book that I needed to stop and confess my sinful condition to this Gracious God and other times I put the book down so I could give a loved one a call.
God's grace is expansive and this book brings that home in an honest and accessible way. Red Like Blood is a collection of stories about people and their encounters with grace. The two authors Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington share their lives with us pouring out how grace has been evident to them throughout their own stories.
They also share some incredible stories from people they have encountered. It contains short chapters written by Joe first and Bob second. Its 18 short chapters tell multiple stories all focused around a central story or around a theme that ties back to the concept of grace. This format works here, both are incredible men of God and God has used their lives in mighty ways.
Each of these men could write a book on their lives and it would make an interesting read, but combining these two men together you get one amazing book. This book has good theology in it and it comes out in accessible stories that make the point come home in ways systematic theology books just can't do. Chapter 7 was probably my least favorite and my most favorite at the same time. Anyone who has dealt with the sin of pride gets why it can be both.
But this book is amazing throughout. I highly recommend this book!! Nov 18, Jared Totten rated it it was amazing. The best way I can describe this book is as follows: imagine if you ran into Donald Miller of Blue Like Jazz fame at a recovery meeting of some sort and his life had just been blown up by the doctrines of grace. His testimony might just read like this. It is at times both humorously and painfully autobiographical. It is brutally honest. And yet it is eminently hopeful as the gospel stays in full view throughout. Yes there is pain here, but it is pain with a purpose.
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Joe was a pastor's kid The best way I can describe this book is as follows: imagine if you ran into Donald Miller of Blue Like Jazz fame at a recovery meeting of some sort and his life had just been blown up by the doctrines of grace. Joe was a pastor's kid turned pastor and spent most of his life in the church. Bob spent most of his life avoiding it. Yet grace has a way of both bringing the younger brother home and beckoning the elder brother in to the feast. As the book progresses, we see that these two stories are not all that dissimilar from each other. There is a pride that says to God, "I don't need you, I can figure this out on my own" and there is a pride that says "I don't need you, but I'll stick around to get your stuff".
This book begins with a lot of brokenness. But as the stories progress, the brokenness gives way to grace.
Or rather, the brokenness is the way of grace: "grace needs one thing, it needs cracks. The bigger the crack, the deeper the grace will penetrate". The most dangerous form of pride that we all harbor is the pride that says, "I have no cracks". I loved this book. It will break you open, and it will pave the way for grace if you will kill your damned pride. Dec 02, Katherine Szerdy rated it it was amazing.
This book was co-written by my pastor Joe Coffey and his friend Bob Bevington. I would rate Pastor Joe's preaching with 5 stars--which is why Christ Community Chapel has grown exponentially in the past several years! Today, it seems that most of the books--fiction or nonfiction--published by Christian book publishers are a bit too washed out and dumbed down for my tastes.
I cannot say that about this book, however. Although I believe the book has a universal This book was co-written by my pastor Joe Coffey and his friend Bob Bevington. Although I believe the book has a universal appeal, I would most highly recommend it for the skeptic as the book takes a honest and humble and transparent approach to those struggling to understand how God's grace transforms our brokenness.
More specifically, I highly recommend this book for those struggling to understand God's unconditional love.