‘The Hyper-Grace Gospel’ – out today!

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I wrote my latest book by accident. It’s called The Hyper-Grace Gospel and it’s out today. You can find it on Amazon. My new book has an interesting back-story. After reading Michael Brown’s recent book opposing the “modern grace message,” I decided to jot down a few notes for E2R readers. In his book Dr. Brown attacks the writings of several grace preachers, including myself. I thought people might be interested to learn what grace preachers would say in response. In my new book, I quote from more than 40 grace preachers, including many of those identified by Dr. Brown. Although I … [Read more...]

“Hyper-Grace” by D. R. Silva

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Reviewed by Steve Hackman What is "Hyper-Grace" and why would anyone think it could be a bad thing? In any debate, whether it be cultural, philosophical, or theological, transforming a pejorative label into a positive identity or a "badge of honor" has to figure somewhere in the argument's final verdict. D. R. Silva manages to pull this off in his new book Hyper-Grace: The Dangerous Doctrine of a Happy God. Like his debut book, It's All About Jesus, Silva offers a passionate defense of the grace of God in the life of the believer. Needless to say Hyper-Grace is no dry theological tome; … [Read more...]

“One Way Love” by Tullian Tchividjian

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One of the biggest stumbling blocks to grace is the thought that God’s love for us is unconditional. Perhaps you’ve heard, “The phrase ‘unconditional love’ is nowhere in the Bible.” That’s because the Bible writers were good writers who knew how to avoid redundant qualifiers. The phrase “unconditional love” is like “sunny sunshine” or “wet water.” Don’t you see? Love must be unconditional or it’s not love. There is no such thing as conditional love. One Way Love, by Tullian Tchividjian, is a book that unpackages the glorious benefits of God’s unconditional love for us. It proclaims the good … [Read more...]

“All of Grace” by Charles Spurgeon

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I smile when people when people say things like, “Joseph Prince was the first to preach the gospel of grace,” or “Andrew Wommack had this message before anyone.” I smile, because the gospel of grace is no new message. It is as ancient as the Garden of Eden. Indeed, the Bible calls it the eternal gospel (Rev 14:6). But if we must give credit to pioneering preachers, then I choose Jesus followed by the apostle Paul. Prior to the coming of Jesus, the eternally good news of God’s love and grace was obscured behind the temporary strictures of the law-keeping covenant. Some wise old guys like … [Read more...]

“The Power of Right Believing” by Joseph Prince

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The other day Camilla and I were watching a movie called Silver Linings Playbook. At the end of the film I wanted to hug every character in it and give them a copy of The Power of Right Believing by Joseph Prince. I say that because everyone in the movie was broken or damaged in some way. Some had suffered loss, others had been unfairly treated, but nearly all of them were experiencing emotional pain or were in some way afflicted by a mental disorder. The message of the film is that even when we’re broken, we can still experience life and love, and that’s a wonderful message. But can we … [Read more...]

Five-Star Grace Books 2013

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A few months ago my book, The Gospel in Ten Words, joined an exclusive club of books that have received 100 five-star reviews on Amazon. In recognition of this achievement, Amazon sent me a gold-framed certificate, a gift voucher, and a personal note from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos. Actually, none of that happened. But it should have. Come on Amazon. Get with the program! Anyhoo, the 100 five-star reviews prompted two thoughts. First, it reminded me of how grateful I am to all of you who have taken the time to post a review of my book on Amazon. You guys made this happen, so thank … [Read more...]

“Jesus Is” by Judah Smith

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About four years ago, Judah Smith’s church wanted to put Jesus on the minds of people living in Seattle. So the church put up billboards with the phrase, “Jesus Is _____.” Implicit in the phrase is the question, What comes to mind when you think about Jesus? Now Judah Smith has written a book explaining what comes to his mind when he thinks about Jesus: Jesus is your friend, Jesus is grace, Jesus is happy, and so on. Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human is a good book. On a scale of one to ten, I’d give it a twelve. It’s one of the best books I have read on the gospel of grace. (And I’ve … [Read more...]

Three New Releases

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It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any books. Here are three good ones that have come out recently. It’s All About Jesus, by D.R. Silva I like good questions which is probably why I like this book. In it, D.R. Silva asks many questions that will break bad mindsets and help you to better appreciate the finished work of the cross. Here’s a taste: Most of us have probably been told of the importance of staying desperate, hungry, and thirsty for God, but let's think about that for a second. Assuming he is good, would a rich king ever leave his children desperate, hungry, and thirsty? … [Read more...]

“Abba’s Child” by Brennan Manning

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Brennan Mannings 1994 book, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, is a collection of essays on the theme of identity. There are chapters on who we are and who we are not. Since I have long known that I am my Father’s beloved son, I was particularly intrigued by a chapter called “The Imposter.” Evidently, I’m not the only one. In his preface to the new edition of Abba’s Child, Manning notes that since the original publication of his book, he has received more feedback on “The Imposter” than any other chapter. So who is the imposter? The imposter is the false … [Read more...]

“Grace Works” by Dudley Hall

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Imagine you’re a cave man and you’ve just brought down a woolly mammoth. Maybe you were hungry before but now you’ve got food for months. That’s how I felt after reading Grace Works: Letting God Rescue You from Empty Religion, by Dudley Hall. This isn’t a good book. This is five good books! It’s a woolly mammoth. It’s a twenty-year old, 275-page brick with 23 different messages in it. Let me give you an idea of how meaty this book is. I usually take notes when reading grace books and these notes typically run to 5 or 6 single spaced pages. This time, 16 pages and 10,000 words. I kid you … [Read more...]

“Classic Christianity” by Bob George

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If knowing the truth sets you free and part of your life is not free, what does that tell you? It means that part of your life is in error. It means you are living under a lie. This is the revelation that opened the door to grace for Bob George. He loved the Lord and was busy with ministry, but he was frustrated and miserable. Something was wrong. That’s what bondage looks like to a Christian; it’s joyless, misery no matter how hard you are working for the Lord. Happily, Bob George was set free by grace and he then wrote a book called Classic Christianity. This book has since become a … [Read more...]

6 books for Christmas 2012

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It's that time of the year when I recommend some great books for vacation reading. Here are six of the best that I have recently read... The Chocolate Wars is Deborah Cadbury’s history of her family’s involvement in the chocolate business. It's a fascinating story. As the subtitle says, it’s a tale of “200 years of sweet success and bitter rivalry.” You will no doubt recognize some of the players in this contest, namely, the English-Quaker firms of Cadbury, Fry, and Rowntree; the talented European wizards of Peter-Kohler, Lindt, and Nestle; and the powerful American firms of Hershey, Mars, … [Read more...]