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Overview In his provocative new book, pastor Jeffress challenges believers to gain a biblical understanding of grace, and reveals how "good grace" can protect marriage, church, and relationships from confusion and even abuse.
Publishers Description Beware of "the grace escape." "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound " we sing... "For by grace you have been saved by faith " we recite... "We live under grace " we preach... But do we really "understand" grace? Grace has become a part of the basic vocabulary of every Christian. Unfortunately, many believers are abusing God's amazing gift of grace. They have perverted God's undeserved gift of forgiveness, making it a license for immorality, self-indulgence, and minimal involvementin God's kingdom. In the process they are robbing themselves of the joy that comes from obedience to God. In his provocative new book, pastor and author Dr. Robert Jeffress challenges you to gain a biblical understanding of grace, and reveals how "good grace" can protect your marriage, church, and relationships from confusion and even abuse. Start experiencing the true freedom of living obediently in God's good grace. Discover "Grace Gone Wild "
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Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 169
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Oct 18, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578565219 ISBN13 9781578565214
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More About Robert Jeffress
Robert Jeffress is pastor of the 9,500-member First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, Texas, and the Bible teacher on the internationally broadcast television program Pathway to Victory. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Jeffress is the author of fifteen previous books, including The Divine Defense, Grace Gone Wild!, Hell? Yes!, and When Forgiveness Doesn't Make Sense.
Robert Jeffress currently resides in Wichiata Falls, in the state of Texas. Robert Jeffress was born in 1955.
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A Thoughtful Examination of Grace in our Daily Lives Jan 31, 2006
Author and pastor Robert Jeffress speaks candidly on what he believes are the misunderstandings, misuses and abuses of God's great gift of grace. Jeffress purports that while the word "grace" is common to Christianese lingo, it has never been more mishandled, and this error is having a significant impact on the life of the church.
Christians seem to fall into one of two camps. They can live as libertarians, where the motto they resoundingly utter allows them license for engaging in "immorality, self-indulgence, and uninvolvement in God's kingdom." (And in the process, Jeffress believes these self-same proclaimers of the "anything is permissible under grace" maxim deny themselves the joy they would experience from living a life of obedience to God.) Or on the flip side, Christians take on a legalistic role, where in days past they would adhere to the "no dancing, no drinking, and no movies on Sunday" rules. Today, that list of no-nos might include "no public schools, no divorce and remarriage under any circumstances, and no Harry Potter novels." This end of the Pharisaic "grace" spectrum is what Jesus hated most --- this self-constructed, works-driven mode to pleasing God that, in fact, did quite the opposite.
Jeffress underscores the point that while Christians cannot earn God's love, there is much they can do to receive His blessing. In short, living under "grace does not relieve us of the obligation of obedience; it intensifies that obligation." Citing scripture text, "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him" (John 14:21), the author supports this assumption by further delineating the difference between "bad grace," where Christians serve no master, and "good grace," where believers recognize they now serve a new master: Christ.
After laying a lovely foundational picture of what grace should and should not look like, Jeffress delves into a chapter-by-chapter look-see at what is happening to grace in relation to spirituality, decision-making, relationships, marriage, divorce, churches, giving, confrontation, and even spiritual surgery. One of the touchiest topics the author discusses is the oft-debated divorce issue. With careful study, Jeffress succeeds in offering a sensitive directive that will encourage readers to look more fully into scripture before glibly spouting off impulsive theological rhetoric to those mired in the horrific pain of marital problems.
Jeffress details the tendency of the legalists' stance that divorce is never an option for a Christian, period, as they seek to attain and maintain that "higher standard." Meanwhile, the libertarians do the opposite by lowering the standards of scripture by offering easy "outs" not supported by the Bible, such as self-esteem issues, differing parenting philosophies, incompatible life goals, and the like. Neither extreme is scripture-based nor accurate.
Thoughtful readers will appreciate Jeffress's empathetic style that he balances with great attention to unpacking the truth of the Bible. One of his parting words is that it doesn't matter what camp a Christian falls into, be it legalism or libertarianism, because both are lethal enemies to the spiritual life. It's all about balance.
--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
True Grace Nov 10, 2005
Excellent book about Good's grace gift! Jeffress hits the bullseye describing misuse of the grace gift. I have been a Bible teacher for many years and believe in salvation through faith once saved always saved. Grace Gone Wild! opened my eyes and caused me to search the scriptures where I found that the author thoroughly understands grace and his book hits the target. I am a director of women's ministries at my church and I will recommend this book as a study guide. This is a must read!
Finally a Balanced Approach Nov 9, 2005
I've read other books by this author and found them to be well written as well as firmly grounded in the Word of God. This book is no exception. Dr. Jeffress approaches what continues to be a slippery slope in the body of Christ, the misunderstanding of what real grace means. By carefully examining the scriptural basis for this wonderful gift of God Jeffress not ony shows what grace is not but also clearly shows the provision God has made for His children. The real danger, as Jeffress clearly shows, is in believing that the "grace of God" is some kind of "get out of jail free" card allowing the believer to live their life in a fashion which is in clear opposition to God's word and teaching. When we really understand what Jeffress terms "God's amazing gift" we'll find ourselves enjoying that gift all the more! This one joins my list of his other works in the "highly recommended" category.
balance Nov 9, 2005
what i most appreciated about this book is the balanced view of grace it gave.it seems to me that most of what is taught or written on about grace today is either a hyper view to the right or left, either a cheap grace, or a rigid law.Ecclesiastes says "that the man of God should avoid all extremes." i loved the fact that this book clearly,fairly, and intelligently presented a balanced view of grace. what a refreshing look at a strangely contoversial topic in the church today!
Finally some BALANCE! Nov 9, 2005
With some trepidation I began to read Dr Jeffress' book "Grace Gone Wild". I had pictured an angry preacher telling me how God's grace is essentially "earned by those who are deserving, good church members and live right". My "knee jerk" reaction was, to my pleasant surprise, far from reality. This book is clearly balanced in both its warnings against the abuse of grace (bad grace) and its embrace of the wonders of God's amazing grace. I found more freedom in this book than in a number of "easy believism" books that have been pushed by various "grace teachers". I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone looking for substance in their faith.