As a practicing Christian, I like to read Christian literature to help with the growth of my faith and I am very lucky that my church has it’s own book club to help me with this. Last month we read the international bestseller Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. Next up was The Case for Grace by New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel.
As an award-winning journalist, Lee Strobel is well known for his ‘The Case for…’ books, where he has explored the evidence for the Creator, Christ, Faith and The Real Jesus. In this book, Strobel investigates the very heart of God and His transforming work in the lives of men and women today through the power of grace. Grace – the favour shown by God to sinners – is perhaps God’s most amazing gift to man. A gift which we can neither earn or lose, but which is instead always there for us, no matter how low we may sink.
With true candour, Strobel shares his own journey from Atheism to Christianity, as an example of God’s redeeming love for spiritually wayward people. Also he travels around the world to capture the inspiring stories of other people, whose lives have radically changed and who have come to understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of God’s amazing grace. I was particularly interested to encounter the stories of an addict, a prodigal son, an adulterer and even a murderer. As well as stories about people riddled with guilt and people rendered bitter, who have learnt to forgive themselves and others.
Through these stories I was encouraged to think about how God’s grace could further transform my own life and relationships. However I didn’t get a firm definition of what grace is. What Strobel does do is discuss different views on grace and how it is unique to Christianity. Interestingly the cat school of bhakti Hinduism and the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism come close, but the Christian teachings on grace are unparalleled in world religions. I would have liked more discussion like this, however Strobel didn’t want this to be a textbook on grace. Instead he wanted to illustrate God’s power to change our lives, for which I think he was successful.
Overall, I thought The Case for Grace was a compelling collection of inspiring stories of grace and transformation – I look forward to discussing it at my book group’s meeting next week. Our next read is But is it Real?: Answering 10 Common Objections to the Christian Faith by Amy Orr-Ewing. Good read.
Have you read this? Have you read any of Lee Strobel’s other books?