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Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: The Grace Effect by Larry Alex Tauton

About The Grace Effect:
"Simply defined, the ‘grace effect’ is an observable phenomenon—that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes.
What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues?  Not much, according to the secular Left.  The world, they say, would be a better place without it.  
Historian and Christian apologist Larry Taunton has spent much of his career refuting just this sort of thinking, but when he encounters Sasha, a golden-haired orphan girl whose life has been shaped by atheistic theorists, he discovers an unlikely champion for the transforming power of grace.  
Through the narrative of Sasha’s redemption, we see the false promises of socialism; the soul-destroying influence of unbelief; and how a society cultivates its own demise when it rejects the ultimate source of grace.  We see, in short, the kind of world the atheists would give us: a world without Christianity—cold, pitiless, and graceless.
And yet, as Sasha shows us, it is a world that is not beyond the healing power of “the grace effect.”  Occasionally infuriating, often amusing, but always inspiring, The Grace Effect will have you cheering for the courageous little girl who shamed the academic elitists of our day.

I can honestly say that reading this book changed my thinking.  As a Christian living in the free United States of America I had never given much thought to how much of an influence Christianity has had on our culture and on the non believers around us besides the obvious Christian holidays.  It is so hard for me to imagine what it would be like because I have never experienced a society without grace.  Reading the Grace Effect both broke and warmed my heart.  My heart breaks for all those who have to live an experience life without grace.  It breaks for those like Sasha that are living in such deplorable conditions and the corruption that surrounds and hinders them from getting out of those conditions.  The Grace Effect warmed my heart because Sasha is a living testimony to both sides of the equation.  We see what her life was like in a society without Christianity and what a difference the power of grace had on her life.  The Grace Effect is an inspiring story that will leave a lasting impression on how you see the power of grace on the world.

And Now For the Giveaway:

If you are interested in winning a copy of The Grace Effect by Larry Alex Tauton, leave me a comment with a way to contact you.  For an extra entry, follow with GFC or Networked Blogs and leave another comment telling me you do.  Giveaway will close om 11/21 at 11:59 pm.  Open to US/Canadian mailing addresses.

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