Grace & Faith Books
Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges- Caught in the performance treadmill? Coming out of a legalistic environment and in need of God's grace? Highly recommended reading that is helpful and uplifting. From Amazon: "The freedom in falling short of God's standard relies on His gift of grace. Unfortunately, too many of us forget the free offer. We spend our lives basing our relationship with God on our performance rather than on Him. We see our identity as never being worthy of His love. Isn't it time to stop trying to measure up and begin accepting the transforming power of God's grace?"
Grace Under Pressure by Penelope Stokes- Thought provoking and hits on some good points. Covers balancing priorities, forgiving, and forging ahead. Does not deal with spiritual abuse, but areas may be helpful with recovery as she deals with struggles in a Christian's life and God's grace. From a review on Amazon: "This book is a revealing reminder that God's grace is a precious gift and our actions should be the result of our thankfulness for that gift. Our prayers, church-going and involvement are not meant to spur God into action. The author reminds us to be thankful and graceful in our own lives."
Fallen From Grace by Charles Smoot- Charles Smoot is a former United Pentecostal Church minister and pastor. While a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, he founded the Two-Mile Apostolic Tabernacle of 29 Palms, California, and served as pastor from 1979-1989. Charles is founder and overseer of The Grace Network, and the Grace Theology Institute, an online learning center established to ground believers and certify teachers in the doctrines and theology of Grace."
Healing Grace: Finding Freedom from the Performance Trap by David Seamands- Very good, thought provoking book. Discusses many aspects of grace, including barriers to it. I enjoy most of his books. To help you deal with your feelings and emotions, you may want to check out two of his other books- Putting Away Childish Things: Change Old Behavior Patterns That Keep You From Growing Up in Christ & Healing for Damaged Emotions: Recovering from the Memories That Cause Our Pain.
Grace Plus Nothing by Jeff Harkin- From Amazon: "Many Christians are disillusioned and frustrated in their Christian life because of works-based legalism. 'Grace Plus Nothing' helps the reader to understand the simplicity and wonder of God's grace and to live each day in God's righteousness. Brief, positive daily readings focus on forgiveness, commitment, and praying with confidence. These and many other topics will encourage the reader to stand in God's grace--plus nothing!"
Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification by R.C. Sproul- From Amazon: "A leading theologian explains the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone and urges fellow evangelicals to embrace this classic Protestant teaching."
The Grace Awakening: Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another.
by Charles Swindoll- From Amazon: "'The Grace Awakening' calls all Christians to wake up and reject living in such legalistic, performance-oriented bondage. The God of the universe has given us an amazing, revolutionary gift of grace and freedom. This freedom and grace set us apart from every other "religion" on the face of the earth."
Tired of Trying to Measure Up by Jeff VanVonderen- From Amazon: "'Tired Of Trying To Measure Up' is written for Christians who live under a deeply ingrained code of written and unwritten expectations and rules that shame them and drain them of spiritual strength. Here are some tell-tale signs: --Always struggling spiritually, but never feeling anything but tiredness. --Always feeling guilty--nothing is ever "good enough." --Rest is impossible--even when it's needed. --Performance expectations prove you'll never "measure up." --The Christian life has ceased to be a joy. If those signs match your experience, this book is for you."
What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey- From Amazon: "In 1987, an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived. And forgave. He said of the bombers, 'I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge. . . . I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them.' His words caught the media's ear--and out of one man's grief, the world got a glimpse of grace. Grace is the church's great distinctive. It's the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else--for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world."
Guilt-Free Living: How To Know When You've Done Enough by Robert Jeffress- From Amazon: "This book will show you how to reject the unrealistic expectations of others and to experience God's approval in every area of your life. Learn the difference between real and false guilt. Start living the joyful, fruitful life God intends for you."
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