"It's hard, sometimes, to get over that thing your husband said weeks ago; or to resolve that tension with your colleague at work; or to fix a lifelong friendship that's taken a bad turn. The biggest problem with relationships is they always seem to involve sinners--including ourselves. So how can we form strong, resilient bonds with people who, like us, are bound to mess up?Thankfully, it's not all on us. Through stories and biblical teaching, Jessica Thompson helps us move beyond trying to "fix" the people we interact with, and shows us a better way. Though our relationships may be marred by tension and frustration, because we are welcomed and known by Christ, they don't have to stay that way."
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson. It started out a little slow and isn't one of those "read in one gulp" type books. Nor is it a "self-help" book as she states right from the beginning. She doesn't claim to be able to 'fix' all your relationships and take away all your problems, but through stories about her life experience and by the grace of God shows us how we can give more selflessly without worrying about "what's in it for me".
Jessica shows us how relationships with our husband, children, family, friends, co-workers etc.. can be healed and improved by the love God has give us, then through our own selfless giving & loving. We can move forward through past hurts, wrongs, sins, done by others to us, and by ourselves, done to others.
We are by nature not always giving, loving & forgiving but through seeing how we have been given these gifts, we can in turn give to others. We can walk humbly with others, forgive others and ourselves. We are all in this together, so giving each other grace and love is really one of the most important and self-sacrificial acts we can do.
Overall, I found "Everyday Grace" to be good read, and liked the stories and examples of how peoples lives were changed by simply knowing that we are forgiven and can walk in the light. :)
*Download an excerpt HERE.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.