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Overview Common grace is finding God through everyday life--experiences with family and friends, observance of the natural world. This book explores the spiritual and moral pathways that can inform one's everyday life.
Publishers Description In the Christian world, there is Special Grace, which is knowledge of God through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. On the other hand, Common Grace is what a person can know of God through everyday life - experiences with family and friends, observance of the natural world. This is a book about the spiritual and moral pathways that can inform one's everyday life. With the natural skills of a gifted preacher, Anthony Robinson connects stories and anecdotes to biblical wisdom and offers up valuable, useful, and inspiring lessons for life. Common Grace is divided in thirds: first he addresses the personal, the individual, the self. Next, he relies on the notion that a person is a person because of other people, and he moves to the next concentric circle of family and personal relationships. The third part of the book is about being a person in the world, interacting and contributing to the institutions and make up a society. Anthony Robinson is a preacher who hails from the intellectual (not the dogmatic) branch of Christian thinking and practice. parent, the power of the blessing (and how that simple social grace has been somewhat abused lately), the moments that remind us that we don't just move through this life alone, the significance of forgiveness (and how to do it in case you have forgotten), how selfishness (another form of gluttony) has become a popular lifestyle. He even has some wonderful - and not the usual - words about Christmas. Robinson is a charismatic and deeply thoughtful preacher (indeed, he teaches other preachers how to preach). This isn't a book of sermons, but the he brings the tools of good preaching to the printed page with effective results.
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Anthony B. Robinson was a minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle for 14 years. A regular contributor to such publications as the Christian Century and a popular speaker on spiritual and religious issues, he lives in Seattle.
Anthony B. Robinson currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Common Grace: How to Be a Person and Other Spiritual Matters?
Other sides to many coins Mar 9, 2007
Anthony Robinson had so many "other" ways to look at how one might think about scripture, grace and many daily experiences. Thank you, Anna, for recommending I read it.
Much More Than a How-To Book Jan 27, 2007
There are many good and important insights in Tony Robinson's book, but one of the most helpful is the notion that there are no easy answers to our faith questions, our relationships with others, and the current social issues that often divide us - - and that's OK. This slim book of short essays is packed with humor, wisdom, and hope, the product of a thoughtful observer who knows how to both write and think with refreshing clarity and shrewdness.
Are you a parent? Check out the chapters on parenting and "hyper-parenting." Are you weary of the regular push-and-pull debates over "conservative" versus "liberal" Christianity? Robinson's essays don't take sides, and they offer wonderful insights on such topics as forgiveness, blessings, grace, and suffering. And if you are concerned about some of the social and political issues that have sharply divided Americans in recent (and not so recent) years, you'll find engaging and original suggestions for thinking about those questions. For example, do we regard ourselves as citizens (who participate in a democratic process) or taxpayers (who simply pay because we're told to)? The author tackles these and many other topics in an accessible and generous spirit.
Grace notes for those inside and outside the church Jan 19, 2007
The hunger and thirst for the depths of the spiritual dimension to life goes on within and without the life of formal religious expression. And this book is for both. Those within the religious community will find in Robinson's essays a simple deepening of understanding of the profound encounters of the holy that may sometimes be lost in the more structured world of religion. And then they may return to that life with a renewed sense of the holy. Those outside the structured religious community will discover the grace that is common to all human life. God has not restricted access to holiness, but offers this grace to all who, either in despration or hope, have ears to hear.
These essays touch on grand theological themes without an authoritarian insistence on theological dogma or ethical conformity. Still, Robinson has an abiding respect for these ancient treasures kept, as it were, in the earthenware and therefore fragile jars of the church.
Robinson is a pastor within the Christian tradition, but he wishes for that great wealth of simple wisdom to be available to all who seek after it.
So, what is it, this grace thing? He writes in a letter to his 14 year-old daughter, Laura, "Christianity is a religion of grace. It is not a religion of virtue, nor a religion of rules.... A religion of grace says, 'God loves you--that's the given. Because God loves you, act as if you are beloved.' Grace comes first." So it does.
great book even if you're not religious Nov 6, 2006
This is a wonderful book full of engaging stories. Unlike a lot of books I've read on spiritual subjects, Anthony Robinson does not come off preachy or even like he considers himself at all spiritually enlightened. The stories are each like sitting down to coffee with someone who's just a normal guy who's willing to share his life experience with you. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if someone is going through a rough time emotionally. It is a comforting and hopeful book. It is also a nice, even-handed look at the religion of Christianity without judgment or preachiness and without an agenda to convert the reader.