REVIEWS: Fall to Grace
by Jay Bakker with Mark Edlund
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Best sellers often chronicle high profile “falls from grace.” Few people grew up in the aftermath of the kind of high profile “religious fall” as did Jay Bakker. He tells his story in his 2005 memoir, Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows. Publisher’s Weekly hoped Jay would find time to write more. He did.
In Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self, and Society, Bakker continues to use his discovery of grace in the shadows and offers a compelling vision of grace in an often un-gracious church. That’s right, Jay takes aim at the church in hopes of restoring a vision of grace that indeed revolutionizes everything challenging the church to become a transforming community full of grace.
Bakker demonstrates a keen grasp of Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians. In a day when the Apostle Paul gets vilified, Jay applauds the way grace is championed in the letter by the Apostle who “fell to grace” on a dusty road. Make no mistake, this is no domesticated treatment of grace. Bakker presses the reader to experience the discomfort of grace. That is, what shape it takes when offered to those frequently considered outside the pale of grace.
Bakker, the Outlaw Preacher, is oft accused of overstating how grace accepts us where we are without calling Jesus followers to a more fruitful life in the Spirit. Not so in this volume. Be challenged by this re-counting of what a “fall to grace” might mean for human beings often bent to wallow in un-grace.
PURCHASE: Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society
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