Item description for The Grace Awakening by Charles R. Swindoll...
Maybe you've known about grace for years. You grew up with it. You heard about it from the pulpits, in Bible classes, from radio and TV preachers.
But maybe there's more to grace than they told you. Yes, it's God's "unmerited favor to lost sinners," but did anyone tell you how grace can change you? How it can revolutionize the way you live?
Grace can give you freedom. Freedom to be creative, spontaneous. Freedom to think outside the box. Grace can make you want to know God, to be close to Him. Grace can cure your fears, improve your outlook, help you look at life through the lens of joy rather than the fog of pessimism. Grace can strengthen your relationships, giving you freedom to be yourself - and freedom to let others be themselves - without feeling a need to judge, control, or manipulate one another. And yes, grace is God's incredible gift to each of us that shows His love daily in overflowing measures, giving us reason for hope and joy. For the growing number of people who feel that there should be something more to their walk with God than the sometimes grim face of religion,
The Grace Awakening offers a glorious alternative: the truth that sets us free.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 4.76" Height: 1" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Nov 30, 2003
Publisher Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
ISBN 1593552858 ISBN13 9781593552855
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More About Charles R. Swindoll
Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as a senior pastor to congregations in Texas, Massachusetts, and California. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, but Chuck s listening audience extends far beyond a local church body. A leading program in Christian broadcasting since 1979, Insight for Living airs in major Christian radio markets around the world, reaching people groups in languages they can understand. Chuck s extensive writing ministry has also served the body of Christ worldwide, and his leadership as president and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and equip a new generation of men and women for ministry. Chuck and his wife, Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four grown children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren."
Charles R. Swindoll has published or released items in the following series...
Great Lives (Thomas Nelson)
Great Lives from God's Word
Swindoll's Living Insights New Testament Commentary
Reviews - What do customers think about The Grace Awakening?
Free Sep 9, 2008
I've studied everything from Bonhoeffer, Lewis, Chambers, Voltaire, Aristotle, Homer, and in between. I don't even remember how I stumbled across this book. All I know is that I finally understand what GRACE means. I feel like the weight of forty years has fallen off of my shoulders, like I can LIVE. I have been a different person since I read this book. Not because Swindoll lays out some complicates series of steps for living, not because he gives in to society's latest idea of what a "Christian Lifestyle" is, and he never even pulls verses out of context to make his points (like Warren). Swindoll lays out no steps; he just presents the unadulterated Gospel. I can't even come up with any words that will describe the power and freedom of grace without strings.
On the right track May 29, 2008
The book starts out strong with its definition of "Grace" in an easily understood format. I think his strongest point is that if a congregation embraces grace, it's going to have people who abuse it. But, that doesn't make it worth walking away from. It's of too much benefit for the rest of the congregation.
The book falls down a bit with numerous anecdotal examples of grace vs. legalism, but very little technical definition of their difference. Also, he is dismissive of the Chafer/Thieme system of spirituality, but never states one of his own.
I preferred Chafer's book, but this is easier to read (though less rich), so if you've never read anything on the topic, it's not a bad start.
Grace Apr 12, 2008
This Book is A MUST read for everyone. It breaks off the ties that I didn't even know were there, pertaining to guilt, fear, anxiety, and the feeling that i just can't be the good person that i am supposed to be. This Book tackles it all in BOLD, in your face Righteousness!!!! i love it!!!
Walk the Talk! Jan 23, 2008
Just finished reading "The Grace Awakening". While he makes some very good points against legalism, which he does! He almost teaches a modern form of antinomianism. ALMOST but not quite. In combating legalism it comes down to what is sin. I think the moral law of God, the clear commands and admonitions found in the New Testament is where we need to start. Everything else is often a matter of conscience or adiaphora. I agree with the author in that we as Christians need to show grace to others on all those adiaphoron that we may or may not agree with. Thats where my agreement with him ends. I am concerned that instead of combating legalism this work overall promotes an "Easy Believism/Carnal Christianity" that leads to false conversions, false assurance, and false security. What actually concerned me the most as it should anybody is his soteriology specifically regarding repentance, faith, regeneration, and sanctification. He promotes the false idea that intellectual assent about Jesus Christ is repentance. He also advocates the false idea of a "Carnal Christian" I would think he would use the gramatical historical method of interpretation but that is not evident from his mis interpretations of Romans 6 and the whole of 1 John to advocate carnality in beleivers and that a real Christian can live a lifestyle of carnality which is in total oposition to the words of Jesus not to mention the whole of the Bible and all the writings of the early church fathers. He makes it a point to mention that you must properly interpret Scripture to which I say AMEN! I do question whether he does this. He likes Spurgeon and Bunyan and quotes them to support various ideas and views. I also like them but I know from also reading their works that they would never agree with his soteriology.
Grace or Disgrace? Dec 21, 2007
Charles R. Swindoll is best known for his teaching on grace. In fact, he promotes himself as having "devoted his life to the clear, practical application of God's Word and His grace" (Swindoll website) and desires to "challenge the world to embrace grace's liberties." (Grace Awakening p. XVI)
What are "grace's liberties"? According to Dr. Swindoll "grace's liberties" is theological code for freedom to disobey, dishounor and even disown God without consequences. Swindoll teaches:
"You may deny Him but He will never deny you." (The Problem of Defection, audiotape YYP 6A)
"Yes, grace frees us to choose. We can decide to walk with God and draw strength from Him to face whatever life throws at us. Or we can decide to walk away from God..." The Grace Awakening p. 145, 146
"Christ's blood has cleansed us from our sin, we are gloriously free - free to please Him. - But we don't have to." The Grace Awakening p. 140
"Regardless of how you choose to live you can't live so bad that God says to you, 'you're no longer mine.'" Shedding light On Our Dark Side, tape sld 1A
Ye are my friends," said the Lord, "if ye do whatsoever I command you" (John 15:14). Biblical grace never divorces lifestyle from life eternal. Such is not salvation by works; it is salvation by biblical grace through biblical faith. It is a "work of faith, and labour of love (1 Thess 1:3), because genuine, saving faith is always a "faith which worketh by love" (Gal 5:6) and if "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2 19, 20)
"Men who would not follow a wolf in his own hide and hair," noted one author, "are willing to be led by one in sheep's clothing. The devil knows this, and in his attempt to destroy a human soul is compelled to come as a deceiver; the hook is covered with attractive bait, the trap is concealed... the battery is masked."
"For there are certain men crept in unawares," warned Jude, "who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness" (Jude 4). Satan's stealth assault takes aim at the heart of the gospel - grace! Jude's grace-changers spoke of "grace!" They preached of "grace!" They wrote of "grace!" Grace alone! Like military aircraft that evades radar through stealthy design shapes, Satan conceals his false gospel with a grace paint job!