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The Grace and Truth Paradox [Hardcover]

By Randy Alcorn (Author)
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Item description for The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn...

A simple guide to living a life in the likeness of Christ is based on John 1:14 and presents a two-point checklist that helps readers understand how to balance grace and truth while resisting apathy and deception.

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Christians trying to model their lives after Jesus may find that He gets buried under lists, rules, and formulas. Now bestselling author Randy Alcorn offers a simple two-point checklist for Christlikeness based on John 1:14. The test consists of balancing grace and truth, equally and unapologetically. Grace without truth deceives people, and ceases to be grace. Truth without grace crushes people, and ceases to be truth. Alcorn shows the reader how to show the world Jesus -- offering grace instead of the world's apathy and tolerance, offering truth instead of the world's relativism and deception.
Grace or Truth..."or Both? "
Truth without grace breeds self-righteousness and crushing legalism.
Grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise.
Is it possible to embrace both in balance?
"Jesus did. "
Randy Alcorn offers a simple yet profound two-point checklist of Christlikeness. "In the end," says Alcorn, "we don't need grace "or" truth. We need grace "and "truth. And for people to see Jesus in us, they must see both."

From Publishers Weekly
Hate the sin but love the sinner is the gist of the paradox explored in this slender point-of-purchase book by minister Alcorn. The author of Deadline draws on his experiences of getting "proabortion" activists, unbelieving academics and his "resistant" father to see the light to argue that Christians must display grace-a spirit of humility, love and inclusion-while also insisting on the truth of Christian doctrine. Truth without grace, he asserts, yields a self-righteous Pharisaism, while grace without truth leads to "moral indifference" and a dilution of Christ's message. Alcorn writes in a contemporary idiom, likening grace and truth to a binary star system or the twin strands of the DNA double helix. But his is a traditional evangelical outlook that combines Biblical literalism, hell-fire and a deep acknowledgment of personal sin. Alcorn registers his fundamentalist views on such topics as relativism on campus, the fallacy of Darwinism and Oprah Winfrey's "have-it-your-way designer religion." But he also chides Christians for their holier-than-thou attitudes ("Jesus," he warrants, "would preach five sermons against self-righteous churches for every one against taverns") and compares himself with evil-doers ("I am Dahmer. I am Mao") in attesting to the fallen state of all humanity and their dependence on God's unmerited grace for salvation. Firm but forbearing, Alcorn's tract is a dose of old-time religion in a smooth modern formulation. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2004 Finalist - Christian Living category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 02/15/2003
  • CBA Retailers - 01/01/2003 page 94
  • Christian Retailing - 01/20/2003 page 25

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.34" Width: 4.76" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 9, 2003
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1590520653  
ISBN13  9781590520659  

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More About Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including the bestsellers Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over thirty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM’s quarterly issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.

Randy and his wife Nanci have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

Randy Alcorn currently resides in Gresham, in the state of Oregon.

Randy Alcorn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lifechange Books
  2. Revive Our Hearts

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The Truth...  May 7, 2008
An awesome book that brings truth and grace together. Those that debate the issues of grace and works really need to read this book. It leaves no question and give lots of insights!!
Relevant and Readable  May 6, 2008
Jesus was full of grace and truth. We should seek to be full of grace and truth. This is the simple and profound message of Randy Alcorn's book, the Grace and Truth Paradox. This matter of grace and truth is at the heart of many of the difficulties of the church. Some people have been burned by churches that were so "truth-oriented" that they came up short in love and compassion. Other churches are so "grace-oriented" that truth is compromised so that the true purposes of the church dissolve into a muddled sentimentality. We need both, as churches and as Christians. Jesus was full of grace and truth, by His power we can come to appreciate both and live by both.
Much Needed Balance! Short, Easy Must Read!  May 2, 2008
Powerful little book! (91 pages) Must have! "Jesus was full of grace and truth." (John 1:14) "Without truth we lack courage to speak and convictions to speak about. Without grace, we lack compassion to meet people's deepest needs." (pg. 72)

Chaplain Mick
Little Book, Big Message  Oct 26, 2007
The message here in this little book has a powerful impact. Alcorn in a very concise way hits the nail on the head when describing the balance needed between grace and truth. This book would be a great gift for a new believer, or for a seasoned saint. It's definitely a keeper!
Gracious truth telling and Truthful grace giving!  Sep 6, 2007
This book spells it out for us! It has shed light on the the inner dilema: I want the world to know that Jesus Christ is Lord--He is a Holy God and we have sinned against Him!!! We need to be Saved by His only Son Jesus Christ!!!! I want to shout it from the roof tops....BUT what if people feel judged? What if they can't handle the truth? They don't need someone telling them they are bad..their self-esteem is already low....We should love them and let them know that God forgives them and offers his grace and mercy....We need both TRUTH and GRACE we must stand for BOTH ---it can be done through CHRIST! "I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens Me!" PHIL 4:13 This book flawlessly tells the Church--the Body of Christ---how to stand firm on both principles! A must read for every believer and nonbeliever--A light bulb will go off in your head and you will know how to be SALT & LIGHT! Thank you Lord for using Randy to wake up us ALL!

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