Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus by Jessica Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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.”
Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson… this is not your everyday “self-help” book that once read will solve all of your personal, relational, spiritual, etc woes. The author admits right up front that there are over twenty thousand of those books with a Christian Worldview already out there. So what makes Everyday Grace worth picking up?
We already know that we need to be loving and accepting and unselfish to make our relationships work. So again, why pick up this book. Because in this book, the author takes us right into the heart of the matter… us. We first take a look at our own brokenness. We cannot be loving and accepting and unselfish with others, if we don’t have that already within ourselves. This book works to bring life back to our souls.
By using her own life stories, Ms. Thompson helps the reader to begin working on her own brokenness, and bringing life to her own soul first through our relationship with God our Father. And then onto relationships with our spouse, children, family, friendships, marriages, church family, our co-workers and yes, difficult people that we all have in our lives.
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