In The Case for Grace, Lee Strobel crafts a compelling and highly personal case for God, focusing on God’s transforming work in the lives of men and women today.
Writing with unusual candor, Lee draws upon his own journey from atheism to Christianity to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love for spiritually wayward people. He travels thousands of miles to capture the inspiring stories of everyday people whose values have been radically changed and who have discovered the “how” and “why” behind God’s amazing grace. You’ll encounter racists, addicts, and even murderers who have found new hope and purpose. You’ll meet once-bitter people who have received God’s power to forgive those who have harmed them—and, equally amazing, people mired in guilt who have discovered that they can even forgive themselves.
Through it all, you will be encouraged as you see how God’s grace can revolutionize your eternity and relationships … starting today.
“The Case for Grace” captures many stories that are relatable and personal to anyone’s life. What I found most meaningful is the story of The Addict, which captures perfectly the theme of accepting God’s grace. After Jud became a Christian, he developed energy that made him want to minister and reach out to so many people regarding God’s glory to the point where he even worked overtime. His struggle in wanting to gain satisfaction and trying to be effective in ministering to people is relatable. We all struggle when we measure what we do to people’s responses, and that makes us feel burnt out when we get bad results. Instead, we should accept God’s grace, try to spread the message about God while having fun at the same time, and recognizing that we can do no more than that.
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A very loving senior brother gave me “The Case for Grace” for my baptism, and I finished it faster than I’ve ever finished a Christian book! The individual narratives described by Lee Strobel are beyond belief and truly a reminder that God is at work in ways that I could never imagine or ask for. For different people in vastly different situations, I got to read how grace manifested itself, from the love of a couple through adoption or the love of a father never ceasing to pray for his own prodigal son. I couldn’t put this book down the last couple days, and I have a renewed sense of what the grace of God is.
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I’m finally reading this book after intending to for months.. (thank you, Bibliopolis challenge!) Lee Strobel captures his journey on the search for grace through various stories of how people experienced the grace of God in very deep, personal ways. The first story touched me because I saw how deeply Jesus understands our hurts and scars in a heart-breaking story of an orphan in war-torn South Korea. She experienced some horrifying things from a young age, but after being adopted by loving parents, she was met with unbelievable love and grace. I saw how much grace God had for her, but I also saw myself in her story; how I was a spiritual orphan before I was saved by grace. Now I know why everyone was raving about this book!
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Reading this book for second time, but this time really hit afresh seeing how for each of the narratives, though their individual stories are very different, their experience of grace came at the moment when they were able to see the worst of themselves clearly and yet realize God knew all of that, forgave them, and loved them anyway. Another thing I noticed this time was how there were key people involved that were crucial to their journey towards grace – Stephanie’s adoptive parents, Jud’s senior pastor, Andrew Palau’s dad, etc. – and I felt fresh gratitude for such people in my life who have helped me to see myself more clearly and thus grow in my sense of God’s grace.
The incredible testimonies in this book paint a full picture of God’s grace for all people. There’s Stephanie’s story of growing up as an orphan and her harrowing experiences trying to make it on her own. The grace of American missionaries who sacrifice their own dream of a son to adopt Stephanie and its parallel to God’s sacrifice of his own son to adopt sinners, as Strobel aptly put it, had me in tears, as did the moment when years later after her adoption, Stephanie finally realised what unconditional love meant. There’s the story of Comrade Duch — the executioner during the Pol Pot Regime, his remarkable turnaround to Christianity after he escaped, and his newfound security in God’s grace despite the horrific crimes he ordered. His story convicted me of my own self-righteousness and blindness to the gravity of my own sins to think that some people including myself are more deserving of grace than others. The stories in this book are all of our stories, and together they paint a picture of how much we all equally need God’s grace, and thus how amazing it is that he offers it to all people.
Stephanie’s childhood that Strobel retells gave me the picture and the words to understand better who I am to God. When I accept my identity as God’s child, when I come running to him, proclaiming, “I’m your son, I’m your son!”, is when I begin to understand just how much God loves me. The ridiculous lengths Jesus went to on the cross for me makes sense. I’m his son, no wonder why he did that, no wonder why he loves me so. This was an amazing read, and all the other lives told after Stephanie’s showed me that God’s grace indeed can cover anyone’s past.