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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse

Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse is a memoir that begins with a girl who thinks she is doing everything right and trying to please God by what she is doing.  When things fall apart, she thinks maybe she isn't doing enough.  She feels as though she needs to earn God's favor toward her.  Her biggest success is that she has been saving her first kiss for her fiance/husband.  Then one day, she decides to fast for 6 months from sweets and everything turns upside down.  Lisa learns a lot as she goes on this journey that takes her from relying on her works to relying on the grace of God in her life.

Before I sat down with this book, I wasn't sure what to expect from this author.  It was an easy read (I read it in just a few days).  I think that most human beings can identify with the author in that we struggle with trying to win God's favor with our works instead of realizing that God loves us no matter what.  I appreciated her honesty with her struggle to let grace reign in her life.  But, there were times while I was reading that I got lost in the time line of her life since she would jumped back and forth in the story from three years before to the present.  I also wished that the author would of pointed to Christ more often since He is our sole source of grace.  I would have to say that this book's rating is okay.  It's the type of book that you could either take it or leave it.

**I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

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