Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012)

If you’re a leader (particularly a person of faith), and you’ve never read anything by Max Lucado, it’s time you dug into one of his most powerful books: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine.

I recently wrote about Grace…and specifically how it lies squarely at the heart of leadership. In this post I offered that while grace underpins everything good I’ve ever learned about leadership (in my home and the marketplace), it’s often misunderstood.

In his opening salvo, Max Lucado makes a powerful statement…

“We talk as though we understand the term.  The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace.  Musicians speak of a grace note.  We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful.  We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers.  We talk a though we know what grace means…Preachers explain it.  Hymns proclaim it.  Seminaries teach it.  But do we really understand it?”

Not wanting to leave us hanging, Max then uses his gift as a sound theologian and master story-teller to make sure we don’t put down the book until we have a better grasp of this life-changing concept. If you go to Amazon and search for books on “grace” there are currently 91,275 hits.  With that many books (not all of them addressing the Christian theology of grace), it appears as though this topic has both momentum and misunderstanding.  The problem with some of these books is that they take a concept God intended for all of us…and makes it seemingly unapproachable through lofty theology and super small print.

Max however, has an uncommon gift for taking big topics, and distilling them down to their essence…in words you and I can easily access.  True to form, Grace is theologically rich but available to everyone (just like the concept itself).  It’s a deeply nourishing and inspiring book.  When you finish reading Grace (much like when you accept it into your life), you’ll feel refreshed.  As if drying off after a good swim or high-mountain rain.

In perhaps my favorite passages Max has this to say…

This book asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace?  Shaped by grace?  Strengthened by grace?  Emboldened by grace?  Softened by grace?  Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?  God’s grace has a drenching about it.  A wildness about it.  A white-water, riptide, turn you-upside-downness about it.  Grace does after you.  It rewires you.  From insecure to God secure.  From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it.  From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly.  Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.

Need I say more.

Pick up a copy and see if grace makes you a better leader.  More importantly…see if grace makes you a better human.


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