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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 11, 2021
I enjoyed the journey, but not overwhelmed with the book. The stories lacked depth and further insight regarding "grace" and it's extraordinary gift from Jesus. I had a feeling the author just typed to fill pages and end chapters rather than seek to explore the miraculous blessings bestowed upon us mere mortals called "grace".
When this book first came out 3 years ago, I regret to say that I picked it up, looked at the table of contents, and thought "This is not important for me to read. It's just about grace." Why did I think that? Because I was so focused on apologetics, memorizing arguments and various facts on a variety of issues, I missed grace. Fast forward to about 3 months ago. I had been bone dry spiritually. I was not excited about God. I did not crave time spent with him. Instead, I just liked to read philosophy, theology, etc. One day, I heard an Old Testament scholar say in his weekly podcast, "If you can defend ____ doctrine, but you don't understand grace, I pity you." Those words cut me deep. I knew I had lost sight of what was most important, and I knew I needed God's grace to experience the joy and satisfaction in my relationship with Him. Lee Strobel's case for Grace was one of the books I've read in my rediscovery of the beauty of God's grace and desperate need of it. The stories told in this book will leave you with some of the beautiful portraits of grace I heard. You will see that God's grace is not something you can earn, nor something you have to work to keep, and there is nothing you've done that God's grace cannot save you from. If you find that an overstatement...READ THIS BOOK!
This book provides several different life stories up and down the scale of human existences. The topic of unmerited grace links these lives reassuring us God loves each of us no matter the path we take to Him as He saves each of us from the pits of hell. This book is filled with great reminders that God grants grace to all and is uplifting in reminding us He sent His Son to restore us so we could have a relationship with Him without guilt or shame. Because He sent Jesus, we instead meet Him with joy and peace.
This book came in the mail yesterday after work. I spent the evening sneaking in as much of it as I possibly could. Absolutely wonderful!
His other books have presented Christianity as the most reasonable and rational conclusion based on the evidence, but this book is different. Unlike the others, though, it doesn't focus its address to the mind, but to the heart. No one want to believe anything that isn't true, to be sure, but the extravagant, mind-blowing, awesome grace of God--that is what we long for in the deepest recesses of our hearts. It is this grace that can touch, heal and transform the severest brokenness in our lives.
Only authentic Christianity offers this kind of grace. I don't say that in arrogance or to slight any other religion or people. It's just reality. As someone once said, I should not be upset to find out that there was not multiple cures for a disease I had--I would be thrilled that there was one.
Be prepared to weep tears of joy as you read, and, if you're like me, be prepared to immediately buy other copies to give out to others.
As an active Christian this book reminded me of the need to constantly strive to act like Jesus and the necessity of constantly thinking about him. When we fail to keep Jesus uppermost in our thoughts it is easy to step away from him. Planning to do a book study with friends using the study guide. Very beneficial for non Christians to read. Another must have just read by Strobel!
This is one of the greatest books I have ever had the pleasure and privilege of reading. I don't care who you are, or where you have been, or what you are involved in at this moment in time, order this book. Read it with an open heart and an open mind. Soak it in. Revel in its stories, in its words filled with pain and with GRACE and the LOVE of JESUS. You will never be the same afterward. Thank you Lee Strobel...and God bless you.
If you don't shed tears in the first chapter you may not be human. This is an excellent portrait of God's grace at work in people's lives. We all have experienced God's grace in many ways...starting with being able to breathe and on and on. This book puts a face on grace. It shows us God and He clearly doesn't act like we do. Maybe this book can push the needle toward us being gracious more and more. We are to give to others as we have received and that includes grace. Think about this, it is clearly demonstrated in the book....Judgment has no part in Grace.
I bought an additional 6 copies to give away to my family. First, I bought one and set it on a shelf along with many others. Then I read in an old Guidepost magazine, April 1995, the story "The Girl Nobody Loved. A day later, I grabbed The Case for Grace for a quick read, and found the same story. If for that chapter alone, the book is worth ten times the price, and all the chapters are impressive. For an update on The Girl Nobody Loved, Stephanie Fast has written a biographical novel of her life in her book "She is Mine." I will likely buy more of both books. My family and friends need this wonderful message of love and grace.