Saturday, June 18, 2011
Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse
About the Book: For Lisa Velthouse’s whole life, Christianity had been about getting things right. Obeying her parents. Not drinking. Not cursing. Not having premarital sex. Vowing to save her first kiss until she got engaged, even writing a book called . . . well, Saving My First Kiss. (This, it turns out, does not actually help a girl get a date.) Yet after two decades of trying to earn God’s okay, she found her faith was lonely, empty, and unsatisfying. So she turned to more discipline, of course: fasting! By giving up her favorite foods—sweets—Lisa hoped to somehow discover true sweetness and meaning in her relationship with God. Until, one night at a wedding, she denied herself the cake but failed in such a different, unexpected, and world-rocking way that it challenged everything she thought she knew about God and herself. Craving Grace is the true story of a faith dramatically changed: how in one woman’s life God used a bitter heart, a broken promise, and the sweetness of honey to reveal the stunning wonder that is grace.
About the Author: Lisa Velthouse
Lisa Velthouse is a freelance writer and speaker who once served on
staff at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan. She has been
working in publishing and communications for more than a decade, but
she has had a sweet tooth for as long as she can remember. Lisa loves
and lives with her husband, Nathan, an officer in the United States
Marine Corps, whom she met and married while writing this book.
Visit her at http://lisavelthouse.com.
My Thoughts: I requested to review this book because I thought it would be something that would help me. Lisa talks about always following the rules to please God and grow closer to Him and I feel I have a tendency to do that too. She speaks about ladder ways and earning your way closer to God. In this book she tells about learning to accept God's grace and that that grace is the true sweetness of God.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is from her grandma after reading about Jesus and His disciples talking. She said "He was God and they were people, but he talked with them just like how you would talk with a friend!" Isn't that awesome. God's grace saves us because we can never be good enough and He loves us and talks to us as His friend. I love this thought so much.
I would highly recommend anyone wanting to quit trying to earn their way to heaven to read this book and learn about the sweetness of Gods grace.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.