I had the opportunity to review a wonderful new book, From Good to Grace, by Christine Hoover. Reading From Good to Grace was like sitting down with a wise friend who could identify my deepest struggles and speak life-giving grace over them, always pointing me to God. I read each chapter quickly, never wanting to put the book down. I look forward to reading it again, slowly this time, dwelling on the sweet truth of the gospel flowing from each page.
In From Good to Grace, Christine shares her own struggles of following the “goodness gospel”, of trying to be seen as “good” by doing works instead of receiving the declaration of goodness that God speaks over us because of what Christ has done.
“I don’t necessarily feel that I’m making a huge dent in this world in the name of Jesus. I don’t feel particularly good at anything except maybe making to-do lists and getting overwhelmed at the number of demands on that list. And although I don’t feel particularly good at anything, I want desperately to be good at the things that matter most to me.” (page 12)
Sound familiar? It sure does to me. But what then? What does it mean to be good at what matters most?
Christine answers, “In fact, if there is something we must be “good” at as Christians, it’s receiving God’s love.”
Receiving, not doing? In From Good to Grace, you won’t find to-do lists or any steps to follow (though I almost wanted some!). Instead, you’ll be pointed towards the gospel of grace, learning to ask, “What does God want for me?” instead of, “What does God want from me?”
“And isn’t this what we all need to know? Don’t we all need to be free from the rubbish of our goodness obsession, to stop thinking of ourselves and discover what God wants from us? Don’t we all need to know what it means to wake up every day and walk by faith, live in grace, and walk in the Spirit rather than stubbornly or ignorantly reverting back to external rituals, striving, and self-sufficiency? Don’t we all need to awaken to the reality of the new creation God is making us deep in the unseen places? Don’t we all need to allow him to take us to his heart and remove once and for all the chains we continue to put on ourselves?” (page 27)
From Good to Grace would make a wonderful book to be discussed in a group setting. The discussion questions included at the end can be used as a springboard for rich, meaningful conversations. I imagine that women everywhere will identify with the struggle of following the “goodness gospel” while really desiring to live the true gospel. This book provides sweet encouragement for stepping away from the goodness gospel and into the overflowing grace of God.
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