Jul 31, 2013

Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

When God’s Goodness Prevails

Robin Jones Gunn reveals poignant truths from her life as well as from the lives of women in the Bible as she flips the notion that we are at the mercy of circumstances. She asks, what if God has dreams for you? What if he is accomplishing those dreams in the midst of shattered hopes?

When life doesn’t go as expected, it’s easy to feel like a victim. We look at the events that have gone wrong and view our lives as impaired. What if we could see our future as God sees it? Would our view radically change if we understood we are indeed victims rather than of happenstance?

God, the Relentless Lover, has vigorously sought you. He has instilled dreams in your heart that are grander than you can imagine. But the route to their fulfillment often is through a path you wouldn't seek.

What if God wants to take the hopes that tug at your heart and enliven them? Are you ready to live inside the mysterious joy of being a victim of grace?

Victim of Grace is exactly the book that I needed to read right now. I have been trying to make sense of the recent losses in my own life. The loss of my spouse and life partner, the loss of our dreams as a couple, and the loss of financial security. These changes in my life are overwhelming and consume much of my thoughts.

Robin Jones Gunn may not have experienced the loss of a spouse, but she has experienced other devastating losses. She put things into terms that really made sense and spoke to my heart. We all travel down dark roads and question why God doesn't intervene and make things easier for us.

Maybe we need to take a step back and really trust that God is in control. We need to trust that whatever circumstances we are experiencing right now are part of a much bigger plan.

I know I will be reading this one again, and have already highlighted many portions for future reference.  We are all "victims of grace" and that is a very good thing indeed.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.

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