This book changed my life.
Throughout my teenage years, I mostly read Star Wars novels. Eventually I got into fantasy. At some point, I decided to move out of the realm of fiction and read some books that might help my faith. I had been a Christian as long as I remembered and had read the Bible. I can’t remember some of those first Christian books I read. But I remember this one. It opened my eyes to what grace is.
Like I said, I grew up in church. I was taught from a young age that God forgives you. I learned that God’s love for us was grace. Even when we sin, God will forgive. Yet, the true beauty and amazing love that we see in God never hit me till I read this book. Yancey is a wonderful writer and some of the stories in here shook me. Even familiar stories from scripture took on deeper meaning. I’m pretty sure I’ve shared the story in the chapter “Lovesick Father” during sermons and Bible studies on numerous occasions.
Perhaps oddly, I don’t think I’ve ever reread this book. I’ve read a few other Yancey books and while good, none struck me as much as this one did. Maybe I am afraid to reread it out of some fear that it won’t live up to my memory. I know I’ve flipped through it numerous times in search of stories and quotes. It played such a huge role, changing my life in my early 20s, that I’ve never had to reread it. Back then I’d have said it was top-5 and I still say so today.
One of these days I’ll get back to it and who knows, maybe it will jump to number one!