In a couple of months Escape to Reality will be five years old. Five years isn’t a long time, but my goodness, a lot of water has gone under that bridge. Truly grace is a fast-flowing river that will take you a long way in a short time.
Here’s a comment I received from a kind reader: “I have learned more truth in less than one month following E2R than I have learned in 21 years of religion.” Does this mean I am the world’s greatest teacher? Nope. But Jesus is the Truth I have written about in every article here on E2R. Indeed, he is the Reality in E2R.
(Incidentally, I have a theory that religion makes us dumb but grace makes us wise, which is interesting because religion is complicated while grace is simple. Yet God chooses the simple things to confound the so-called wise and his grace makes wise the simple. This means there are three kinds of people: the confounded, the wise, and those in between. Which one are you?)
Anyhoo, five years and 400 Jesus-focused articles later, here we are. It’s been an amazing journey and it’s far from over. But this may be a good time to pull the boat out of the white water and take stock of the countryside through which we are travelling.
To that end I have written a book. It’s called Grace Disco and it’s out TODAY. This book is a compilation of some of the best articles from E2R along with reflections and stories about how each was conceived, received, and that sort of thing. Here’s an excerpt:
Why did I call this book Grace Disco? C.S. Lewis described our relationship with the Lord as a dance. If it is, it is not a ballroom dance that demands a high degree of skill, nor is it a ballet that requires years of training. Grace is a tune anyone can dance to. Grace is the happy beat that gets your feet tapping, your shoulders shimmying and draws you onto the floor.
School discos—remember them? They were great equalizers. On the dance floor it made not one jot of difference whether you were good at maths or were the captain of the team. All that mattered was that you joined in and had fun.
That’s how it is with grace. It doesn’t matter how good you are or whether you’re some kind of big shot. All that matters is that you join in. And when you hear the sweet tunes of God’s favor towards you, you will.
I have been working on Grace Disco for over a year and it has been a fun exercise. I have enjoyed digging around in the archives and I have been blessed reading the discussion threads. In preparing this book I have given the original articles a bit of spit and polish and now they really shine, and the testimonies of how they have been received bear witness to the fruit of this gospel message.
Who is this book for?
Grace Disco is a photo album for those who have been here from the beginning and it’s box of unopened treasure for those who have just joined us. But it’s especially for those who have not heard the gospel of grace and who may not be in the habit of reading blogs.
In short, Grace Disco may be the perfect Christmas present for your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, home group, pastor, church – basically anyone who needs to hear how much God loves them. And you can get it TODAY without having to drive, park, queue, or push your way into a crowded mall!
And as a way of saying thank you to you, dear reader, I want to let you in on a little secret: this week you can get Grace Disco for FREE on Kindle if you buy it in paperback (through the Kindle-matching program). So why not get a bunch of books to give away and grab a free one for yourself? You can also get Grace Disco cheap on PDF.
Grace Disco is more than a book. It’s an invitation to jump into the river of God’s grace. It’s a revelation of Jesus who makes wise the simple and teaches us to dance! Why not grab your copy of Grace Disco right now?